Our Dallas daughter called and said "let's meet in Waco and go to the Waco Zoo and the Waco Cable Park." Didn't take long to say that sounds like a plan, pack our bags, fill the motorhome with gas and a few groceries, and hit the road.
After carefully trying to maneuver the 42' motorhome through the narrow streets to the zoo's parking lot and trying to avoid letting the tree branches knock the air conditioners off the roof, we found a parking spot and met our daughter and her two kids at the Waco Zoo (Cameron Park Zoo). We spent a couple fun hours meandering on the zoo's paths and observing a wide variety of different animals. Cameron Park Zoo is divided into sections (The Asian Forest, African Savanna, Brazos River Country, and The Meadows) which are home to over 1700 animals encompassing over 300 species. Plus there is a small aquarium, a herpetarium with lots of snakes and other reptiles and amphibians, an exhibit of Brazos night animals, a couple cafes, a big souvenir shop, and more. The animals are all housed in exhibits that resemble their native environment and there are signs on each exhibit that give you some interesting facts and information about those animals. Check out the article we wrote about our fun visit to the Cameron Park Zoo.
It was a hot summer day (100 at least) and like most of the animals in the zoo we needed to find some shade and a cool place to hang out which meant we drove a couple miles for a pretty good lunch and some cold drinks at Cricket's Grill & Draft House. The ladies decided to go shopping after lunch at Spice Village (a collection of shops that has everything you need to add a little or a lot of zest to your life - at least that's what the ad says!) and Magnolia, Chip and Joanna's ( HGTV's Fixer Upper program stars), country chic style store. While they were shopping the grandkids and I played some video games and then headed to I 35 RV Park & Resort.
We picked I-35 RV Park because they had a swimming pool which was a must on a 105 degree summer day! After a few hours in the pool I was wrinkled and water logged and ready for a cold beer - I think the kids could have continued swimming for another several hours. The ladies were back with several bags in tow so to say thanks for babysitting they let me beat them in a couple games of cribbage before we headed out for dinner at Ninfas Mexican Restaurant. Food was ho-hum but the margaritas were excellent!
Felt like 6:00 AM when the kids were up and ready to go to BSR Cable Park - which didn't open until 12! To keep them calm we got there an hour early and met our Austin daughter and two of her three kids. Over the next 5 hours we all had a blast at BSR Cable Park which is home to:
Click on this link to learn more about the our good time at BSR Cable Park.
All too soon it was time to drag my sore, sunburned, and tired body back to the motorhome for the short drive home to Austin. Fun weekend.