Wednesday, August 20, 2008

San Diego - Day 3

On Monday morning we headed to Sea World, which is just minutes from where we're staying. Our tentative plan at this point is to do the beach every other day, and see the sights on the other days. We definitely didn't want to miss Sea World, and I'm so glad we decided to go. It was a simply amazing place and so much fun for all of us!

We spent the first few minutes at the Sesame Street Bay of Play where all the kiddie rides were.





Then it was on to a Shamu show.







They had several areas where you could touch and pet sea life. The sting rays were our favorites, but I didn't get any pictures of that.





The Sea Lion show was our favorite. The boys were laughing out loud - it was hysterical!






Penguin Encounter!




Journey to Atlantis - a pretty decent roller coaster. Ethan decided he wanted to go, and Dave convinced me to go with him. He assured me that he didn't need to go to the bathroom when we got in line, but like 1o minutes later, he was having trouble. :) He had to hold it for almost an hour.

At this point, E had no idea what he was getting himself into.




He told me later that he was sure that the ride had broken and we were falling and going to die! Isn't that awful???




All wet! (But notice he's smiling. All is well. :)




Things to remember about Sea World, San Diego:
  • Ethan loved the Wild Artic ride - he was pretty convinced that he actually traveled to Antarctica and back, what with the real, live polar bears and all.
  • It was Dave's 30th birthday that day, and Ethan kept asking when we were going to make him a cake. :)
  • We rented a stroller when we got there, which turned out to be a good thing. Simon took an hour long nap in it mid-afternoon while Dave and Ethan rode the bigger rides.
  • Favorite drink - frosted lemonade - yum!
  • Favorite snack - the ones we brought in our backpack. Seriously, do they have to charge $4 for everything???
  • The lines for the rides are so much shorter by 4 pm. We got 2 day passes online for cheaper than at the entrance, so we may go back again later this week.

10 comments:

bandanachick said...

I am so glad you guys are having a great time.
Nate is all for you guys moving there. :) He already has it planned out how we can move there too. :)

Reagan said...

I was laughing out loud when I read that Ethan said he thought the ride had broken and you were going to die! Looks like it was a great day :) I love at the end how you wrote all the things to remember...That's always the best part.

Anonymous said...

It looks like you guys are having a wonderful time. I always liked sea world too. I think we went to one closer to LA when you were young, but it may have been the same one. Petting the sting rays was fun and the dolphins too. I can't believe that Ethan went on that roller coaster. What a brave boy! Go E! Love you, Mom

Caleb and Anna said...

Thanks for sharing! What a fun time. -A

A &J said...

It's great to be let in on your vacation! Thanks for sharing your sunny days!

dave & rachel said...

I have decided that this blog is my substitute for scrapbooking (haven't done THAT in awhile!), so yes, hopefully I will post lots so that someday when I print this blog, I'll have a record of our family life. We'll see. Good intentions and all. :)

A &J said...

That is exactly how I think of my blog. Plus I hate scrapbooking.
But documenting the memories is the goal that keeps me blogging.
And I have intentions to add in some past events/experiences, even though know one else probably cares to see them. They are in the archives of my head. =)

Brooke said...

The Sea Lion Show was our favorite too. I think I laughed out loud quite a bit too!
Sounds like you are having so much fun. You are making me want to go on vacation!

dave & rachel said...

Haha, Jenica, the archives of my head are no good. When the kids do something cute, I always think, "oh, I'll have to write that down!" and I hardly ever do. :(

Christina said...

Isn't Sea World great? The first time I went I was probably about Ethans age, and I have great memories from it. What great memories you're making with your boys!