Hoping that a better day lay ahead of us than yesterday.
So far, so good…. It’s a beautiful day.
Emma loved the Sea Lions.
She especially loved the one below that liked to “strike a pose.”
He would take a break to look at you, then go right back into position.
Waiting for the Sea Lion & Otter show to begin.
Then it was on to Shamu.
It was a little sad that the show has had to change so much
since the tragic events of a few months ago, but understandable.
I so wanted the girls to see the kind of shamu show I grew up with…
where the trainer would come shooting up out of the water standing on Shamu’s fins,
or where the trainer would put his feet against Shamu’s nose & would be pushed through the water like a bullet
and then shoot up out of the water like a rocket.
But there was none of that this time. The trainers weren’t allowed in the water at all.
Then souvenir time!
Emma loves her new Shamu t-shirt & her whale’s tail necklace.
Gorgeous view while waiting for the girls to appear on the rapids….
There they are! On the far side of the raft!
And then they were soaking wet & freezing!
Interacting with the marine life was easy for Maddie since she loves that kind of thing.
But Emma has always been skiddish about this kind of stuff.
With a little (a lot) of encouragement, she finally picked up a starfish AND petted the stingrays.
I was so proud of her!
Even though Maddie might be brave with the starfish,
she wasn’t so brave with this shark tube!
She went through it, but she was a big chicken the whole way!
I thought it was really cool.
One of their favorite rides.
HA! We thought that was so funny!
But I love that she’s growing up but still wants to ride the little kid elmo ride.
She’s still my baby!
we decided to go find a beach that would give us a better experience.
And boy did we find one!
We drove up to Encinitas & I LOVED it there.
It was beautiful & with all the little beach cottages and stuff…it was great.
I wouldn’t mind living there honestly.
We watched the sunset for a little while, then got back in the car
because it was actually pretty cold.