Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Texas 2009 - Day 7 - San Antonio Zoo (and Santa Rosa Hospital)

On Day 7, my mom broke her foot.

She was dialing some numbers on her cell phone and didn't see the 3 steps she was walking towards. She twisted her left ankle and badly sprained it, while getting a hairline fracture on the right. She was lucky that was all the damage she had. The Christus Santa Rosa hospital was about a half mile down the road from our hotel (how convenient!) and they had her in and out of the emergency room in just a couple hours. She had to keep her weight off both feet, so we borrowed a wheelchair from the hotel and went on about our day. Nothing was going to stop her.

The San Antonio Zoo was our big event for the day. On the way there, we stopped for lunch at a place called The Liberty Bar. I found it on the Food Network site under Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Once we saw the place, we decided it fit under "Dives". It was literally falling down. I'm honestly surprised they allow people to enter this building. Once inside, I understood why it was recommended - it looked completely different (aside from the fact that it was still lopsided). It was a very quaint restaurant with a unique menu. I ordered the lamb plate, which came with goat cheese, olives, pita bread & hummus.

One great thing about traveling in April is that all the kids are still in school. This meant that most places were not very crowded, and that included the San Antonio Zoo. We practically had the place to ourselves! The last zoo I went to was the San Diego Zoo, which is the best zoo in the country, by far. So the San Antonio Zoo had a lot to live up to. While it wasn't nearly as beautiful, it didn't disappoint. They had a huge selection of animals to see, including a butterfly conservatory, hippos, elephants, giraffes, kangaroos, bears, tigers etc. We spent much of the afternoon there.

For dinner that night, we went to The Cheesecake Factory at a nearby mall. Rory turned into a ghost.

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