Monday, June 17, 2013

The National Aquarium

I recently posted that we whisked the boys away to Baltimore's Inner Harbor recently for an overnight getaway.  For me, the highlight of our getaway was spending a few hours in the National Aquarium.  Because it was the Saturday before Memorial Day, it was crowded, but we did get to see everything and didn't have to fight the crowds too much.  I had to laugh as all the adults were crowded around one tropical fish tank saying, "Where's Dorie?  Where's Nemo?"  Yes, it was the adults calling for the Disney characters. Another highlight of the tanks at the beginning of the tour were three little girls who couldn't have been more than five-years-old.  They would move to a talk and squeal and scream with delight.  It was so much fun to just listen to them.

The shark tank ran several floors high.  You started at the top and worked your way down a spiral ramp viewing the sharks as they swam past large windows.  I was watching the sharks travel but I couldn't get up close to any of the windows because of the people.  In one corner there was an open window with no one standing in front of it.  There were also no sharks travelling in front of the window.  I knew that if I waited, my patience would pay off.  So I stood patiently for just a minute or two, and, BOY, was my patience rewarded.  A shark swam past the window, did a u-turn and brought his face right up to the window!  It took my breath away.  The pictures below are from the walls around the shark tank.  There were silhouettes of sharks illuminated from behind.  They were really striking.


After the sharks we went to the dolphin tank.  It was so much fun to watch them jumping out of the water just for fun.  We were able to go below the pool and watch them swimming under the water.  There were a couple families there while we were watching the dolphins.  T-Bone and I were sitting on a carpet-covered bench just watching the dolphins swim past our eyes when I felt a little person snuggling up to me.  It has been 11 years since I've had a little person that small so I knew it wasn't one of my boys.  I looked down to see a little girl in a purple sparkly t-shirt and tutu hugging me.  She looked up and whispered "I'm Cassie."  I whispered, "Hi Cassie."  Then she stayed there touching my necklace and hugging me.  After 30 seconds or so she walked over to T-Bone and hugged him and said, "I'm Cassie."  It was a precious moment in time.  It was one of those times that I can treasure every time I think about it.  Her mom said something like "She's not shy."  Or "She's so outgoing."  I just smiled and said, "She's fine."

And then we went to the jelly fish exhibit.  It.  Was.  Amazing.  I took a video at every display and could have spent an hour in the little room with all the jellies.  They were so soothing to watch and super-beautiful! I put a picture of jellies as my wallpaper on my iPhone because I loved them so much.!


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