Jun 20, 2014
The aquarium! Who doesn't love going to the aquarium? What's even better, is who doesn't like driving three hours to the aquarium? All my moms in the house say yeaaaa! Well, that is what we did last weekend. The Alaska Sealife Center happens to be located in Seward, AK which is about a three hour drive, with limited stopping. Why would parents of three toddlers do such a thing? Because we like to party! Or drive ourselves crazy, either way, adventure awaits!
Actually I have to say the drive down was super easy with these kids, not to mention gorgeous scenery surrounding us. Except when Ace announced that he had to go numero dos, and couldn't hold it. Like it is going to come out. Please let me go in the woods. I am going to jump out of the car kind of deal. All that drama to find a spot that met his potty-ing standards, for him to say, "nope I not have to go no more". Alrighty! Aquarium goers watch out!
Avalon was by far the cutest to watch. She was having so much fun running around to each and every tank. She was amazed by all the fish swimming right by her. This is the day that I realized the profound difference between boys and girls. Avalon was just so chill. Yes she was overwhelmed with excitement and would squeal to let us know. But she was not trying to climb in tanks, or swan diving onto the hard floor like her brothers!
Not only is this an aquarium for people to wander around in all things sea life, but it is also a research center and rehabilitation facility. So many of these animals were abandoned or injured and brought here. Which I think is pretty cool! Lessens the blow of the ticket price tag, obligatory toy from the gift shop, and snack bar!
This place has the most amazing backdrop. The view was worth the three hour drive. The kids loved looking out and seeing so many animals in the water. Boats buzzing by. And so many birds flying right over our heads!
After a few hours in the aquarium, (it doesn't take that long to go through the whole thing, we went around three times because the goal is to tire them out) we decided to spent some time walking around. Seward is a cute small town with a couple streets full of gift shops, restaurants, and specialty stores. So we grabbed some grub and plopped ourselves down on a grassy hill.
The drive home was very uneventful. Avalon and Pierce fell fast asleep, while Ace entertained us with his recap of the days events. And Chris spent much of his time saying "ooo can we stop here so Ace and I can get out and run up that hill?" Is it just my husband that sees an obstacle in front of him and has to conquer it? It is isn't it? Damn! Well I eventually gave in and Chris and Ace just ran around while I sat in the car being serenaded by the snores and heavy breathing of the babes, and finished off a half a pound of cookie dough truffles.
So, all in all good day? Great day!
Here's to the weekend folks!