Friday, July 13, 2007

SeaWorld -- Day 10 (final day of CA fun)

The night before, Scott & I washed all the clothes from the ocean trip. Didn't want blucky smelling ocean water in my clothes packed in w/clean clothes in the suitcases. I was not looking forward to SeaWorld. I had been there when I was a kid & didn't enjoy it much. It was hot & my parents didn't believe in overpaying for sodas so I remember being thirsty the whole time.

The drive to SW is BEAUTIFUL. The morning fog was out & it was just nice. We got there shortly before they opened. As soon as we got in, we headed straight for the new ride "Journey to Atlantis". The line was not long but, they warned us the whole time we would get wet. It was still cool out & I was worried I was going to freeze all day long. The ride was ok. Not very long & we really didn't get that wet. Which was good because I discovered that one of pairs of denim shorts are too big & when they get WET, they tend to want to fall off. Not a pretty picture!

After that, we did the Arctic Expedition thing & then walked around the penguin place. They had penguin OUTSIDE??? What's up w/that??? I thought penguins had to be kept cold. I guess some of them don't. Probably the ones that were in that surfing movie???

The Shamu show started in about 20 minutes so we headed for his stadium. We decided to sit in the "soak zone" 'cause it was HOT & how bad could it be. A little spray never hurt anyone. Famous last words! I didn't realize the whales were trained to flap their tales & splash you, just for the sake of splashing!!! Soak Zone was right. I was soaked clear thru to my Undies. My purse was soaked. Luckily, I had my handy-dandy waterproof camera so all was good! It was a really good show & a cool story.

After that, we went to look at the dolphin observation thing. Cool. Then we did the dolphin show (no splash zone there, although, I could have used a cooling off. There was very little splashing at the show, we could have stood that) the shark encounter (Scott's favorite), the manatee rescue and then the otter show. By that time, I was sick of amusement parks, partial sick to my stomach & SICK TO DEATH of amusement park food!!! We had brought some water & snacks & decided to leave kinda early & go do dinner somewhere nice.

We were all soaked & tired & hungry & crabby. We decided it would be best to drive back to the hotel, shower & then eat. Of course, La Jolla has only fancy-pants restaurants, as Taco Bell and a Jack in the Box. So, we drove almost all the way back to SeaWorld to eat. By the time we got all that done, it was after regular dinner time. So much for an early dinner.

Back to the hotel, packed our stuff & got ready for an early start back to Anaheim & the airport. All of our clothes from SeaWorld were ICKY!! So much for not having wet, blucky, smelly clothes in our suit cases. I finally just embraced the fact that I'd have to wash EVERYTHING when we got back home.

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I live in Southern IL, near StL. I've been married to Scott for 26 years and we have 2 kids: Becca 21 & Nick 19. We have a kitty named Jack. I work as a medical biller. Scott is an auditor & travels about 2 weeks of the month.