I am a little late with my post for My World but better late than never I suppose. We are back at the San Diego Sea World last September. I had a lovely day walking around while Gregg was working. This was when he had go to San Diego on business and I tagged along. We had two long weekends together and wonderful evenings, and from the Tuesday to the Thursday I enjoyed entertaining myself during the day.
The one good thing we had this time was a GPS system. I'm late to the party for this but in preparation for finding my way around, Gregg bought me a phone for my birthday with the GPS system as one of its applications. I think he had an image of me not going too far away from the hotel because I have a thing about getting lost in areas I don't know. That's why he gave me this before we left for our trip. Maps? What are those? It beats pulling over every few miles trying to figure those out. Besides the fact that I had to get a large road atlas a few years ago with major large print! It had been 20 years and so much had changed with new freeways on top of everything else, but ever so slowly and thanks to the mechanical lady living in my telephone, I went far and wide and I began to recognize landmarks.
I was amazed that having this thing available, all that anxiety of ending up in the back of beyond left me. It was wonderful. Before I left the parking lot I just put in where I had to go and that lady with the mechanical voice didn't steer me wrong once. If I overshot a road I didn't even have to worry because she adjusted quickly and just kept me going until I got to my destination. I found myself answering her back after a while, "Yes I know, I know, I went past the exit. Where to now Madam?" Maybe I'll try geocaching next, what do you think?
Back in Gregg's Navy Days when we had just moved to San Diego, we had gotten most of the boxes unpacked and put away. Our son Brad who was ten at the time had not started school yet as it was still in the summer but the day rolled around when Gregg had to start his new job. It was decided to drop his Dad at the navy base and Brad and I would spend the day at Sea World. This was a new, exciting adventure for us as we had never been before. Brad and I had the greatest time ever and thought it was all pretty magical. We were both totally in awe of all the marine animals we were seeing, the Orca whales so big and beautiful, the dolphins. Everywhere you turned there was an amazing exhibit, and one of these included the penguins.
It was the first place I headed for, the Penguin Encounter which you can see more of here. You are transported along on a moving walkway where dozens and dozens of penguins are behind a thick glass. You can see them above and swimming below in the water. After you step off the walkway you can walk behind and sit and watch them for as long as you want.
These guys look like they are saying, "Here comes another crowd of them. Aren't they funny looking? Oh boy, do they make me laugh. They are so comical all excited and pointing at us, especially those little humans. I think they call them children."
The humans are staring back and saying moreorless the same thing. I'm sitting at the back by now and being entertained by both penguins and humans who are moving along at a slow pace. You can tell that for some it is their first time here and there is a lot of excited chatter which I find infectious. I haven't stopped smiling since I entered. I hope they don't get so interested that they miss the voice that comes out of the darkness as you get to the end of the ride, "Watch your step, you are coming to the end of the walkway, watch your step you are coming to the end of the walkway, watch...." Well you get the idea, if you don't watch your step you can trip over and start a domino effect! That would be pretty exciting too. I bet those penguins would be leaning over, pointing and laughing then. It is very dark in there but it all adds to a great atmosphere, and your eyes get adjusted. In the back there are TV's with people telling you all about the different types of penguins and above information signs that you can read. It is also nice and cool and is a very pleasant and welcome relief, especially on a hot day. I stayed in there for a very long time, not only because it was sweltering out there, but because of those beloved penguins and the memories that started flooding back of a very special time with my son all those years ago.
Right next door and in another exhibit are the puffins and other birds. I enjoy watching them too. These photos are not as sharp as I would like because the lighting is so low, but I thought I would share them anyway.
Here is a video of the puffins. I tried to download one of the penguins but I think it was a bit too large a file. I got carried away over at the penguin exhibit.
In the next post I will show you what else I saw.
Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia for hosting My World.