The GA Aquarium is #1 in the nation, but it's also #1 on our Summer List of Things To Do Before Chandler Starts Working
I had mildly fretted about going after school was out, I don't like crowds or noise or lines. But I love Disney and there are all of those there, so I figured I would live.Happily, it was not packed, the only thing I had to wait for was some Nemo-obsessed mother/daughter pair to quit pointing 'him' out to the younger brother who gamely held a stuffed clownfish and said nothing, no matter how many times they screeched. I imagine he knows as well as I do that Nemo is animated and a real clownfish is not. That wasn't Nemo-you stand your ground, kid.
We drove over and back in the same day, Atlanta is just under 4 hours away, making it a LONG day trip, but doable.
Alex is going twice a month to an allergy specialist who has had great success in helping with food allergies. He has a peanut allergy and has to have an epi pen at all times. The 'cure' won't magically and with Alex wolfing down PB&J, but over time he can build up a resistance to them so that he can be exposed and not end up in the ER.
I think of it as the Dread Pirate Roberts Plan
So anyway, they are in Atlanta often, so we tagged along!
I'll say no more.
I don't know what my kids are doing, they made silly faces in most of our family vacation shots too. It makes me sad.
We went to see the Niafish
We went to the dolphin show, which I really enjoyed! The trainers seem crazy about dolphins and the dolphins seemed happy and willing. The jumps were amazing, but not surprisingly, them riding around being pushed by a dolphin was my favorite. There was discussion afterward with the trainers about dolphins as rescue animals, which is totally doable as far as training goes-they would go get people and haul them back to shore. I decided they would have to be wearing a sign or something, I can't imagine being near death and BAM, a huge dolphin comes up and starts snouting you. They are SCARY. I would not want to be out in the wild with one.
We got to the aquarium around 12:30 and left around 6 to get some food, then Katy talked our way back in and we stayed until they closed and were nearing 'poke with a stick' mode to get us out.
We spent at least an hour during the day just watching the whale shark tank.
And it does take all of them to make a dolphin!
I can do it in 17 jumps.
That requires belly muscle
Art from beach debris
Full of food, we head back in!
We got back home around 11, I zonked right out! Looking forward to a possibly rainy day in which laundry and Netflix are my major considerations. 60% chance! It would be the first time in 3 weeks, so we need it.