Spicyland in Chicago – Day 3Posted: August 15, 2012
Our last day! Sad face. 😦
Mom and I took the 151 bus over to Lincoln Park for a little zoo adventure Saturday morning.
Admission is free, so weren’t sure how big it would be, or how many animals they’d have. As it turns out, the zoo is a sprawling maze and home to animals of all shapes and sizes. We were impressed (when we weren’t lost, turned around, or retracing our steps around the zebra and camel exhibits aaaagain).
Another thing – I do have a bit of a moral dilemma as it pertains to zoos. On the one hand, it’s amazing to see an enormous tiger chowing down on a hunk of raw meat 10 feet in front of me, or a gigantic gorilla sacked out on the ground just right there, or a polar bear on a perch on the other side of his pool.
But on the other, it’s difficult for me to admire these animals knowing they are so far from their natural environment. They’re in cages, they’re confined, and some appear visibly stressed by the audience of screaming kids and shutterbug adults. (The jaguar started pacing around a very well-worn path in his cage, the lion similarly paced back and forth while we watched.)
So, while we were in awe of the creatures we saw, there was a little nagging pang in my head that just didn’t feel quite right. You know what I mean?
Anyway, here’s who we met at the zoo….
This big dude was all tuckered out….
The rhinoceros took a mud bath while we were there. First, he laid down on one side and rolled around. Then he heaved himself up, did a little circle, and plopped down on the other side. Hilarious!
It was well after lunchtime by the time we got back to the hotel to meet up with Pops. We were all famished, so we headed out in search of a late lunch/early dinner. Linner? Dunch?
My dad had his eye on Niu, a sushi/Japanese fusion spot on Illinios Street. Sold!
Mom ordered the seaweed salad to start….seriously, to DIE! I had a couple of bites and wished I’d ordered my own (she probably did too 😉 ).
Vegetarian spring rolls (we ended up ordering a second plate, they were soooo goooood!)….
Gyoza – steamed vegetable dumplings. Drool.
Dad’s sushi platter (Mom’s spicy Maki roll to the right):
My vegetarian roll with avocado – exquisite.
I love eating this kind of food because it’s so fresh, there are so many vegetables, and while I “may” have completely stuffed my face, I didn’t feel weighed down with a huge, heavy meal. I was perfectly satisfied and ready for….the Ferris wheel!
We weren’t far at all from Navy Pier, so it was a quick walk. My mom’s departing request was a ride on the wheel, so we hopped in line with the other 2,598 people who had the same idea. Actually – surprisingly – the wait wasn’t that long.
Did you know that the whole ride lasts seven minutes? It goes so fast, but from the ground it looks like it’s crawling.
Dad treated us to a Margaritaville margarita to go….
Then we made our way back toward the Hard Rock. Another early-morning flight awaited us the next day, frown.
Sunday morning from the plane:
The three days completely flew! We mustn’t let four years go by before a return visit.
Thank you, Dad and Mom, for an awesome, AWESOME weekend! xxxxoooo