Wednesday, August 09, 2017
We went to California, Part 3
Well, since the trip had included an event for Ross (soccer), for the big boys (Harry Potter) we figured we'd better do something just for Quinn. That meant on our last full day of vacation, we would drive to San Diego (and get there faster than it took us to get to Universal) and take Quinn to Sea World.
We'd been watching Sea World commercials on TV for a while, and Quinn seemed pretty into it, but he was so excited once we got there. He got a map, and we let him direct the day - wherever Quinn wanted to go we went. We started with the dolphin show, then crossed the park to the penguins and arctic animals, then crossed the park again to the seals and sea lions. He had us marching back and forth all day long. We walked more at Sea World than the previous day at Universal Studios. Phew!
There were some definite highlights of the day. In no particular order:
Walrus are insanely huge and gigantic animals and it was fun to see one so close.
The boys fed sea lions - they touched dead fish and Elliott had a fish stolen out of his hand from a very daring bird.
We saw a sea lion, killer whale, dolphin and sea turtle poop in the water. Always a highlight of any boy experience.
Quinn grinned ear to ear the entire Orca show. Killer whales are amazing majestic animals. They were my favorite. I could have sat and watched them swim all day long.
Ross and the big boys rode the big rides - getting soaking wet on one of them and Quinn thought it was pretty funny that his dad looked like he'd pee'd his pants.
The boys touched horseshoe crabs, small sharks and other sea creatures.
The sea lion show was fun and the boys saw baby hammerhead sharks.
One thing that I thought was pretty cool at Sea World had nothing to do with aquatic creatures. If you buy a souvenir cup at the park, you can refill it for free at any self-serve food kiosk for the entire day. We bought two $12 souvenir cups (with lids and straws) and easily filled each of them 10 times. That was a bargain!
San Diego is a great town. The weather was a perfect 73 all day. The park wasn't too crowded and the lines for attractions weren't too long. Sea World is really a great way to spend a day.