Thursday, April 30, 2009

Florida trip - Day 4

We started the morning with a light breakfast at the hotel and then headed to Sea World. In all the times I’ve been to Disney and to Florida, I have never been to Sea World. It was so much fun to share it with my mom and have it be the first time that both of us went.

When we arrived, we headed straight for the Shamu show Believe. We sat in what was called the “Soak Zone”. I thought that it wasn’t meant to be taken literally and more of a little warning. They weren’t kidding…at all! We were completely drenched when we left, but it was worth it. The show was incredible and it amazes what these animals are capable of learning. They share a bond with their trainers and it shows. The trainers rode the killer whales, surfed on them and had them do some fun tricks. I loved seeing the show.

After the show, we walked around exploring and then checked out the Wild Artic exhibit. First there was a ride simulator that made you feel like you were on a helicopter and it was fun. My mom said there was no way she was getting on any rides because that isn’t her thing. I convinced her to go on it and she loved it. After the ride, they had areas that you could walk through to see the animals. We saw a giant polar bear, beluga whales and giant walruses. The polar bear was so funny. He was playing this with giant plastic toy like a dog would play with a toy. I know they’re dangerous, but they’re so cute.

We then did some more walking around and checking out the exhibits. We saw the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale Horses. You could tell that they were well cared for and were so beautiful. We went to see the sharks and it was so exciting being in the underwater tunnel. I have always wanted to go through it and never knew that it’s the biggest in the world. I remember it from one of the Jaws movies when I was little.
After the shark exhibit, we went to see the Clyde & Seamore show. They were the cutest sea lions and so smart. They put on an entire pirate themed show and it was so adorable. I think the people that work with these animals are so lucky. I am sure that the job has its’ challenges, but it must be so rewarding.

We went and saw the penguins and turtles and then I went on some rides. First, I went on the Journey to Atlantis and it was a blast. I was placed with another single rider in the front of the “boat”. This ride reminded me of Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom. The hill was very steep and I got soaked. After that, I went right on the Kraken roller coaster and it was also a lot of fun. It was nice being able to mix some rides in with seeing all of the animals. Overall, we had a wonderful day at Sea World.

Day 5 was a travel day and there is nothing exciting to report. We got home safe last night and had a great time on our trip. It was really fun getting to go away with my mom and spend time together. She never treats herself to vacations or anything extravagant. I knew that this would mean a lot and that is why hubby and I did this for her. My mother is very important to me and always looks out for me. It was time to do something extra special for her. I think this trip was just what she needed and it was great for me to get away and relax too!


Danielle said...

FUN! I have never been to Florida and have always wanted to go.

When I have kids I can't wait to take them to Disney World. Growing up in LA, we took so many trips to Disneyland, that we never made it there.

amy said...

Oh seeing those pics makes me want to ride some coasters! I was pregnant last summer and missed all the fun, so I have to make up for it now!

Gwen said...

I might actually have to take a trip to Florida this summer. I love the photos of you on the coasters!!! You just look like you were having such a fabulous time!!! XOXO

Angela said...

Hello new page layout!! It looks great Jules :) And those roller coaster rides are too funny - I'm so glad you had a great time with momma!! xoxo

PS - I've missed you in the blog world...glad you're back!!!

Melissa said...

Ohh, i'm jealous! I LOVE Sea World!
It looks like you had a great day and i enjoyed seeing your pictures.

Congratulations on your win of the Body Shop basket!

Beth Dunn said...

I love Sea World. I used to go when I was a child. So fun! xoxo

Lindsey said...

LOVE Sea World! Glad you had a great time, the pics are great!

Savvy Mode SG said...

Looks totally fun!!!

Jill said...

What a fun day! I love Sea World.

The pics of you on the rides are priceless!

AndreaLeigh said...

how fun! it sounds and looks like you had a blast!

Tasha said...

So much fun!!! Thanks for sharing your vacation!