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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Long Beach Aquarium: An Adventure with Mrs. Bulldog

Mrs. Bulldog and I hadn’t seen each other in a while, since we live a little over an hour away, and since we both have young children, meeting halfway seems to work best. The Long Beach Aquarium is about half way, its great entertainment for the kids, and there are a ton of restaurants around for lunch after. So we decided to meet up there. Mrs. Bulldog suggested we meet bright and early, right when the aquarium opens. My inner I wanna sleep in self cringed but since she has been a mom a while, and scoped out the aquarium at different times I decided to trust her. Since My Little Cricket really likes the aquarium and since I love the aquarium I decided to just pay a little extra and get a membership. I figure over the next year as My Little Cricket gets older and more active it would be a fun activity to do often.

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Mrs. Bulldog and I have known each other for a long time, pre-marriage, pre-kids (ahhh those were the days) and I am so thankful that despite the changes in our relationship and our lives we are still friends. She is such a sunny happy good person without a shred of drama, just what this old married woman loves, and with lots of changes going on along with boys of a similar age we had tons to talk about.

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Of course I took my camera to the aquarium. I really debated with myself about bringing it. It takes time to take good photos, time away from my friend and from interacting with My Little Cricket. However in the end I decided I couldn’t leave it. I am such a photo person and well I figured I could just take a few photos and try to balance. I think I did a pretty good job of not having it out often. No matter how many times I go to the aquarium or the zoo or the botanical gardens I always find something new or exciting. My Little Cricket just LOVED the sea otters so we parked out there for quite a while. And then I am always a sucker for the jellyfish. Even the little things are exciting like the beautiful little tentacles from a starfish pressed up against the glass. In another life I would have loved to be a wildlife photographer.

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You know what, not that there was a doubt, but Mrs. Bulldog was totally spot on about the timing. We got there when the aquarium opened at 9 am and we pretty much had the place to ourselves until about 11 when everyone and their mother decided to come to the aquarium. It was PACKED. But that was ok, we were pretty much done anyways and besides we were hungry. Within walking distance are a few restaurants so we headed over to Chilis, only a few blocks away. A burger and some fries was the perfect end to a great morning and although My Little Cricket got a little fussy the last few minutes it ended up being perfect timing. That kid slept the whole way home. Ahhhhhhhhh.

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1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

This is a nice aquarium. I think the Pacific Otter was one of my favorites as well as the outdoor hands on exhibit.

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