Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
Trip End Mar 24, 2007

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Friday, March 23, 2007

After a run of 6 night shifts, I thoroughly enjoyed a chance to sleep in.  Cloudy day today in San Antonio, but we only got rained on for a little while. 
Today we started out walking along the river walk.  We managed to walk much of the length of it before heading over to the Alamo.  For those of you who haven't been to the Alamo, it is smaller than you might think and it is in the midst of downtown San Antonio.  It seemed like a bazillion school kids (at least that's how many I counted) were there on field trips, so we skimmed through parts of the museum.  While walking through the gardens, I noticed something interesting-the Emily Morgan Hotel.  Now, way back when Emily was born, someone asked me if we'd named her after the hotel (which I'd never heard of).  Now we have a picture of Emily in front of her unintended namesake.
We headed back to the river walk and made our way to the Rivercenter Mall-yes, Paul voluntarily went to a mall.  This mall is mostly glass and extends over the river.  We were able to eat lunch outside overlooking the water.  Emily was mostly excited by the mall cat that joined us for lunch.
Next we went north of San Antonio to the Natural Bridge Caverns.  Apparently Texas has hundreds of miles of caverns.  Above the cavern entrance is a natural stone bridge,  hence the name.  We took a tour of the cavern that took us 180 feet underground.  They keep the entrance sealed with glass doors so that the warm temperature and humidity are preserved, enabling the cavern to continue forming new calcium formations.  There aren't many other minerals in the ground there so the formations are almost all white, but there are some very dramatic columns, curtains, stalagtites, and stalagmites.
After caving, we headed to the Wildlife Ranch above the cavern.  This was one of those drive-your-car-through-herds-of-wildlife places.  I managed to start out by having an emu stick its head through my window and freak me out.  Really, you can't trust those birds.  After recovering, we managed to see all kinds of gazelles and various other deer-like creatures along with some zebras, buffalo, and something big and cow-ish with very huge horns.  We managed to hand feed some of the critters which was fun (shh!  Don't tell the proprieters that we broke the rules).
Dinner was Mexican food on the river walk.   This place had very good salsa and used red tortillas for the cheese enchiladas.  More walking along the river and Ben and Jerry's ice cream finished out the day.
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Where I stayed
The Emily Morgan Hotel
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