First, apologies to anyone who reads this because it’s an adoption blog. I promise I have some adoption-related posts planned for the very near future. It’s just that summer is very eventful around here!
On Monday, my friend Kelly and her daughter Cassidy took us to Marine World – that’s Six Flags to all you people who didn’t grow up around here.
When I was a child, Marine World Africa USA was located in Redwood City. In 1986, they got too big for the site, so they moved to Vallejo. They took the animals on an ark across the bay, except for the larger marine mammals. They closed down the Bay Bridge and trucked the killer whale across, with people spraying her with hoses. We saw it live on TV in class. Anyway, in the late 1990s, Six Flags bought it, so it became Six Flags Marine World. A couple of years ago, they changed the name to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. I just call it Marine World. I’m stubborn like that. (As an aside, Oracle now sits on the old Marine World site. They even have the water skiing lake there.)
A little more backstory…
The last time we went to Marine World was July 2009. Then, we went with 3 other families. It was fun, but difficult to balance what everyone wanted to do. I also wore really stupid shoes and ended up in serious leg pain for several days after.
Back to the present…
This time, we just went with Kelly and Cassidy, who are season pass holders. They had coupons so they could get us in for free. (We like free!) We immediately went to the Celebrate Shouka show. Jack said that he missed Shouka. In the stadium, we ate lunches that we brought while waiting for the show. This time, we did not sit in the splash zone.
The kids danced to the music before the show. Jack loved that Shouka could nod and shake her head, and that she “waved” her tail “good-bye”.
After Shouka, we hightailed it to the Temple of the Tiger for the tiger show. Jack was jazzed that he was older than the tigers who performed. He loved seeing the tigers drink milk from a bottle. He decided that he is going to become a tiger trainer.
We stopped somewhere in the middle of the park to pose with Petunia Pig…
All the while, of course, Jack wanted a souvenir. First, he wanted a stuffed Shouka, then a stuffed tiger, then a dolphin… And Jack wanting a souvenir made Cassidy want a souvenir.
One of the only things that hasn’t changed about the park is the dolphin fountain at the entrance. We took a few pictures.
After the shows, we went to the Looney Toons area so the kids could ride some rides. I went on the teacups with the kids. They wanted to go fast. First, being the only one spinning a teacup for several minutes is hard work. Second, looking at the center of the teacup for several minutes is nauseating. Third, even if a child says she’s OK, you should definitely slow down when she looks stoned.
I went and got some crepes, which took forever, while the kids did the rides. Then, we headed over to the sea lion show. There was a drunk guy in the audience who was doing the pirate’s lines. Do we really need to get drunk at Marine World in the middle of the afternoon? Anyway, Cassidy got to pet the sea lion, but Jack didn’t, which made him a little jealous.
We proceeded to Sting Ray Bay to try and pet a sting ray. I’ll have to post about Jack’s minor obsession with sting rays. (It’s a long story.) Unfortunately, none of the sting rays came close enough for Jack to pet them. I did get to pet a couple. They’re rough, like rubbery sandpaper.
From Sting Ray Bay, we went to the Walrus Experience. Jack had never seen a walrus before.
We missed the dolphin show, but we’ll see it next year. Instead, the kids went on a few more rides. We all rode the train (which used to be Thomas, but is now a generic train. Weird.) We went through the Shark aquarium, where Jack got to walk underneath a sting ray and see it’s “smile”. My camera wouldn’t work in there, so I don’t have any pictures. But it was really awesome. I could probably spend about an hour in there.
We went to the other side of the park, through Butterfly World. I spent a lot of time trying to photograph moving butterflies. My camera’s good, but not that good. This is probably the best shot that I got:
There’s another area with kids’ rides and a giant play structure. The kids played there for awhile.
From the rides, we went to see the rest of the animals. Giraffes, lions, tigers… and cheetahs! Jack is also somewhat obsessed with cheetahs. I didn’t know Marine World had cheetahs. Jack showed the cheetahs how fast he can run.
On the way out of the car, we met the Flash. But Jack all of a sudden got shy, so I posed with Flash. (If I had superpowers, I’d want super speed.)
Jack and Cassidy each got their souvenir. Jack got a white tiger cub, whom he named Kasha, after the girl tiger in the show. (Last time, he got a white tiger he named Rajah. Thus, Rajah is now a daddy.) Cassidy got a Shouka. They both love their animals!
A good time was had by all!