Tuesday, October 25, 2011
For the Love of Sharks!
Sophia has a deep love of all things that swim in the ocean. I'm not sure where it comes from, as living in Kansas is just about as far from an ocean as you can get. And, since all of our vacations to this point involve heading west to Colorado - she's yet to see one. But, nevertheless, she loves it all! I never knew there were so many books on oceans and sharks! But apparently we're on a quest to own every single one.
While there we saw a ton of things that had previously only been seen in our books and on Finding Nemo. We saw plenty of Nemos, Marlins, and Dorys. We got to feel shrimp, starfish and other hard and squishy things. We watched turtles swim, saw some gorgeous salt water fish and some ridiculously large catfish and bass.
Smart museums all make you exit through the gift shop. Somehow, we manged to get out the door without making any purchases. We did have to turn around as Sam walked right out the doors with a sword. Then we got in the car and headed home. After a few minutes in the car I looked back and all four kids were asleep. THAT IS SO STINKIN' RARE! The other kids can fall asleep in the car, but Sophia hardly ever does.
That lasted exactly 20 minutes until we proceeded to pass through Oklahoma's absurd toll booth system. I don't know how many we went through, but every time we hit those bumps intended to get you to slow down, our kids were all awake. Giant bummer. Note to Oklahoma: seriously, your roads are not that great! One toll stop would be acceptable, then put the others as people EXIT off the highway, not in the middle of it.
Six hours in the car and more money than I want to add up for about 2 hours at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Totally worth it though! The kids had a great time and saw things they won't likely see again for a long time. It's really a great place to take a day trip! All for the love of sharks.