We arrived at Sea World before the gates opened. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and our extra white Seattle skin would end up getting burnt even though we all applied sun screen twice! I'm not complaining though that sun felt wonderful!
First stop was the sea lions, then the sharks before lining up for the Dolphin Show.
Handy Man and Dancing Daughter opted to sit in the soak zone, while Star Wars Son and I sat elsewhere, away from the soak zone.
The dolphin show was quite a production. In fact it kind of resembled a Cirque Du Soleil show.
It was much different than what I was expecting and very cool!
After lunch we went to the dolphin feeding/petting area where the line was a mile long. We watched from the other side as other "lucky" people touched and fed the dolphin. We could hear the dolphins "talking" which was super cool!
They always look so happy!
Then it was time to wait in line for the Shamu Show.
Again Handy Man and DD sat in the soak zone, while SWS and I opted for drier ground.
I was in complete and total awe of the magnificent Orca Whales.
How cool are they?
After the show we visited the arctic area to see the Beluga Whales (they are my favorite).
See the baby? Soooooo cute!
Our last stop was the Journey to Atlantis ride. Whoa!
Dancing Daughter's school production of "Little Shop of Horrors" was FANTASTIC! DD played an urchin called Ronette. There were a total of seven urchins in their production! They were all adorable. I absolutely loved the opening...
Here are the movie urchins singing the opening song:
Here are a couple pictures from last night's play.
Dancing Daughter is on the left in the yellow sweater.
This day was saved for the Sea World post... Yeah, I haven't edited those pictures yet.
The sun has been shining in Seattle, hence the reason the photos are not edited.
Thanks to the sun garlic, radishes, spinach, lettuce and beets are breaking through the soil of my garden!
We've installed a water feature in the front yard, it looks amazing and I will be blogging about it soon.
Looks like Star Wars Sun got a job at the Pike Place Market. Hopefully he will still be working there this summer during Blog Fest West. We can go harass say "Hi" to him. Are you planning to attend Blog Fest West?! You really should consider it!
Dancing Daughter had a piece of her artwork selected to be put on a banner that will be displayed in our little town. Here's the article on the B-Town Blog. Yes, I will be taking pictures!
Opening night of "Little Shop of Horrors" is tonight. Dancing Daughter plays a Ronette in her school's Drama Club production. I'm super excited, she's super stressed.
I got out of bed at 10:00 last night when I heard DD crying in her room above ours. I spent 30 minutes calming her down. She is very stressed about the play, her math class that she fears she is failing, drill tryouts, the upcoming dance show... I'm sure the list goes on to include stress over friends and boys but we didn't get that far, I was trying to calm her down.
If you go to San Diego and are trying to decided between the Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, make the trip to the Safari Park. It's worth the 30 minute drive!
The safari park sits on 1800 acres. This give the animals lots of room to roam around.
The elephants especially love it.
This little one had a great time playing with a box.
We paid a little extra to take a photo safari. It was a splurge that was well worth it. We had close encounters with grazing animals, rhinos and giraffe.
A bonus to this safari was feeding the giraffes!
We were all pretty darn excited about this development! The giraffes were so cool!
After our time at the Safari Park, the San Diego Zoo seemed really anti-climatic. My advice if you want to experience both parks is to go to the Zoo first then go to the Safari Park. You won't be able to do both in one day. We spent all day at the Safari Park, but only a couple hours at the Zoo, that's because there were only two animals we wanted to see.
We also saw Baboons having sex but none of us had the guts to photograph that event!
(I'm still editing Sea World pictures, so it will be a few days before that post hits the internet!)