Today we spent the day at SeaWorld in Orlando, and had a great time. First of all, let me say that we have had amazing weather all week! Mid 80s, no rain, in February, who could ask for anything nicer? So, we had sunny skies for a great day of play.
Ryan and the kids had never been to a SeaWorld and the last time I went, I wasn't old enough to have a driver's license. We had very few expectations, but we were all satisfied with our day. They truly had something for everyone. We all enjoyed the animal shows, the animal viewing areas, and the rides. Like usual, Lizzy wanted to try the coasters and the other 4 found ways to entertain themselves while Ryan and I took turns riding with her for a little while. She is such a daredevil, I honestly think she would climb on any ride we would allow her to ride.
The first ride we rode, Journey to Atlantis, was too big for Abe, so Grammy volunteered to stay with him, while the rest of us rode. We almost tricked Pa into the front seat, but he figured it out before we actually climbed into the boat, so Ryan took the brunt of the moisture. He was a good (and soaking wet) sport about the whole thing!
Here's our "after" photo, which does not adequately capture the amount of moisture my husband had in his clothing!
Lily, pretending to be a polar bear in the Arctic display.
Crazy kids trying on hats at a random giftshop. I thought the Campbell's were famous for their soup, not their pizza!
Pa was a good sport and agreed to ride the bouncing fiddler crab ride with Abe the 2nd time around. Abe loved the rides and as we climbed off of each one, he would make sure I knew that he did not think it was scary.
We sat in the "soak" zone for the Shamu show, but thankfully, we didn't get soaked, only splashed. This was a win/win, the kids were happy and so were the grown-ups.
It really is amazing to learn about and see all of the unique animals that God created. While our family may not agree with all of the philosophies about "Mother Earth" and the harmony of nature, we thoroughly enjoyed marveling at the creativity of our amazing Creator all day long. The fact that these killer whales interacted so effectively with their trainers and the crowd was amazing.