As part of my expat life, I try to visit places I may not necessarily think of going, especially if they are very different from what I am used to, so in light of that I headed to a hunting and outdoors store called Cabela’s in Dundee, Michigan which has the most extraordinary animal display.
I am not a hunter etc, so why go to Cabela’s? Well, as their Wikipedia page explains …
Cabela’s has a distinctive look to its retail operations, a look which turns its retail stores into tourist attractions. The stores are more like cavernous showrooms, bringing the outdoors inside. They feature museum-quality displays of taxidermied wildlife, large aquariums, indoor mountains, and archery ranges.
I will admit that I would much rather see animals alive than dead and displayed, but there is no doubting that this was a really interesting visit. The range of animals, plus the aquarium, gave us so much to look at I forgot I was in a store. It really did feel like a natural history museum as the displays were really well done. There is even a place to eat and a fudge shop so you can rest from wandering around the store for a while.
Hunting is very popular here in the US, and even though it is not something I would choose to do myself, it was definitely a fascinating place to go to.
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What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever visited a Cabela’s store?