We went to the aquarium first thing this morning. The aquarium was the reason we decided to make a trip to Seattle. Novalie loves ocean animals! The aquarium was cool. Novalie was a little overwhelmed at first, so we just walked through fast and saw everything once and then we spent the morning there exploring and enjoying all the creatures. Looking at some of the fish, the jellyfish and definitely the octopus, I kept thinking…how could someone not believe in God? Looking at how magnificent, beautiful and creative these animals are made me know even more that there is a God. In the midst of the crowds and noise, it was a spiritual experience for me.
Novalie’s favorite thing at the aquarium was touching the starfish and the otters. It was neat touching the starfish and anemone. My favorite was watching the sea otters. We saw them several times, but the last time we went to watch them they had just been fed. They were so funny and cute cruisin around on their backs while they put a pile of shrimp in their food pouch and snacked away. Kevin’s favorite was the jellyfish arch. They did put you in a trance watching them. We got to see several divers in the tanks feeding the fish. We watched the octopus get fed, but she was sneaky and grabbed the fish really fast with one of her suctions, so we never fully saw the octopus out, but enough of it to be amazed. It was all fantastic fun!
Novalie saw the ocean for the first time! Kevin and Novalie were running up and down the piers taking it all in. We couldn’t find a beach area to let her touch the ocean, but she was happy just seeing it. We took a cruise around the harbor which oddly made me a little sick. I finally found a nice comfortable spot with lots of wind on my face and a less crowded spot where Novalie could run around.
After the cruise, we went to Pike’s Market Place. Everyone said we just had to go there and I really, really disliked it! It was so crowded and smelly and I got extremely claustrophobic and I don’t care for shopping much. So we walked through it for as long as I could stand (and breathe). No, we didn’t see the flying fish. I couldn’t stand it any longer to find where they were.
We were going to go to the Space Needle after that, but Novalie fell asleep in the car and Kevin and I were having a hard time finding parking that didn’t cost just a ridiculous amount.
We headed back to the hotel which took a long time to find. I guess not the hotel, but the road it was on. We didn’t have a good map and it was just impossible to get on our road. We eventually found our way and once again I was reminded that I am a small town girl. We had dinner and relaxed and swam for an hour or so and we were very exhausted! It was a fun day!