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Animal Safari and Houston

Ivan and I packed everything up on March 2, 2010.  Roscoe walked us to our car.  We said goodbye and thanks to Roscoe.  I gave him a big hug.  It was great meeting Roscoe and hanging out with him.  He’s a great guy. 

We started driving at 12:30 pm.  We were headed to a small town called Gruene (pronounced Green).  Ivan read about a good restaurant called Gristmill on Tripadvisor.  We got a seat located outside.  We had a view of the river below.  Ivan and I shared the award-winning tasty tortilla soup.  I was craving a hamburger since I haven’t had one in months.  Ivan and I share a lot of food so I’m vegetarian around him.  He does eat chicken breast and seafood though.  Ivan got the catfish while I got a hamburger.  The food was good!

We walked around the shops in Gruene.  It’s a small town. 


We went inside Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.  Too bad we weren’t there at night, because that’s when they have live music.  

Ivan drove us to Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.  It’s an African safari where you can drive through and feed the animals in your car.  It’s cool because some of the animals actually come to you and stick their head in the window of the car. 


We saw all kinds of animals like zebras, deer, donkeys and llamas. 


Ivan was feeding a zebra and the zebra grabbed his bag of animal food.  How funny!  The zebra could have taken off with it.  But, Ivan came out of the car and the zebra ran away.  Ivan got his bag back.  We went to the petting zoo.  We got to feed goats and baby goats there.  The will jump on you and run into you – so you have to be careful. 


Some of the goats kept chewing on Ivan’s jumper and the tassels on the jumper.  I’m not sure why though.

Ivan started driving to Houston at 4:30 pm.  We arrived at the couchsurfer’s apartment at 8:20 pm.  The turnoffs on the freeways can be very confusing.  So, we ended up taking a wrong turn.  We met Ashish and Melanie.  Ashish asked if we had eaten dinner.  I said we hadn’t.  Melanie cooked us some tasty shrimp pasta.  We talked awhile.  We started playing games on the Wii like canoeing, tennis and table tennis.

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