Sunday, April 25, 2010

Vacation, Day 2

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Hoping that a better day lay ahead of us than yesterday.
So far, so good…. It’s a beautiful day.
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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.
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Waiting for the Sea Lion & Otter show to begin.
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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.
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Snack time!
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Then souvenir time!
Emma loves her new Shamu t-shirt & her whale’s tail necklace.
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Gorgeous view while waiting for the girls to appear on the rapids….
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There they are!  On the far side of the raft!
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And then they were soaking wet & freezing!
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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!
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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.
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One of their favorite rides.
DSCN7139The other ride that Emma couldn’t go without riding!
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!
DSCN7140  When Sea World closed,
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.
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