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Destination Recreation: Clark's Trading Post

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"We are on a grandmother--granddaughter adventure for three days up in the White Mountains. I'm taking her to places I was when I was a kid," says Linda Mullen from North Andover, Massachusetts.

Places like Clark's Trading Post. Linda Mullen has fond memories of their bear show from the early 1950s.

"They didn't have the fence and we stood in a circle and I had the bear in front of me, and I put my hand out with a cracker in it, and it ate the cracker out of my hand, then gave me a kiss on my cheek. That was the highlight of my life," she says.

An enclosure was built for the bear show in 1954, and the shows are still going strong today.

"The bear show started in 1949 by my father Murray Clark and my uncle, Edward Clark," says Murray Clark.

Murray Clark is one of the bear trainers at Clark's Trading Post. He says he develops a special bond with the creatures.

"Absolutely. They are our co-workers, our friends, and we spend a great deal of time with them," he says.

All of that bonding time makes for an impressive show. The bears do all sorts of cool tricks ranging from jumping on barrels, to riding on swings. They even get their paws dirty with sports.

Everyone has their favorite part of the bear show. Mullen's granddaughter, Olivia, likes seeing the bears ride around in circles.

Clark's Trading Post offers more than bear shows. You can see a pretty cool circus show too. Then of course there's the famous train ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad.

Once the train gets going, you get a glimpse of the bumper boats, climbing wall and the Segway area. But then, once through a covered bridge, the real show gets started: Enter the wolfman.

Local folklore says that wolfman found a very rare mineral years ago. He's doing his best to keep people away to protect it, continually yelling words of warning.

Eventually the train heads back, and everyone ends up back at the starting point safe and sound.

This train ride has thrilled riders for decades. The first time Piper Fecteau from Concord, New Hampshire experienced the ride she was a little shaken up.

"I think I hid my head because I didn't like the noise. I was scared," she says.

But today, it just makes her smile. Something that Piper's dad can't get enough of.

"Oh it makes me feel great. I love seeing them smile; they were smiling all the way up her," Chris Fecteau says.

And with so many unique things do do, there's lots of smiles to go around.

Admission to Clark's Trading Post is $20. Kids three and under are free. For more information on the show schedule you can visit: http://www.clarkstradingpost.com

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