Vacation is all I ever wanted….

We decided to have our summer vacation closer to home this year. We’ve had so much going on that it ju$t made sen$e. 
If you’ve never been there, you should go if possible. It’s different from any other animal or ‘theme’ park I’ve been to; it’s very low key. Bonus: they limit the number of guests daily.
Do you know that I don’t enjoy huge crowds?
I know….surely you like a huge crowd. 
You pay one price and it includes everything for the day. Food. Drinks. Snacks. Bird poop. 
I had read prior to our trip that you should visit the aviary first because the scary flying things birds are hungry in the a.m. 
So we did. 
And were they.
They flew in at us…with those TALONS. 
There was screeching and thrashing involved. And that’s how my girls roll. 

A bird in the hand and….one on the head. 
Lolo loves anything with a heartbeat. 
Then we swam with the fishes. 
They have a great coral reef that is full of colorful fish and those guys with the big stinging pokie things.
I’m not a great snorkeler. I tend to hyperventilate…..you know, because I am a dramatic person.
 Since I have snorkeled {and hyperventilated} in Costa Rica, it wasn’t that big of a deal for me. 
Yes. I’m ruined. 
The biggest part of our day was our dolphin interaction. It’s only 30 minutes long but it seemed much longer. Talk about a thrilling visit….we ‘met’ several dolphins. UP close. 
These dolphins are so sweet and really seemed to enjoy their visit with us as well. 
I’m close and personal friends with a few of them; you could say they ‘friended’ me. 
They are amazing creatures and I’ll not be happy until I have one of my very own.  
Lester the dolphin.
This was an educational (and I’m opposed to learning) and relaxing day. 
Even the Coach was impressed with Discovery Cove….and he isn’t impressed with much!
There are several other areas to visit and a fabulous lazy river too. We spent a good part of the day here (8:30-4:00) and enjoyed ourselves.
Now…where is my pet dolphin?

17 thoughts on “Vacation is all I ever wanted….”

  1. That is so cool! I understand the hyperventilating part of snorkeling…every time I put my head in the water, it would take my breath away! I think it's because we're used to not being able to breathe underwater…I kept having to tell myself to breathe!

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  2. I have not heard of this place. Sounds perfect for you guys. John and I don't own swim suits!!! Those birds are amazing!Hope you all have a nice weekend.

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  3. so happy to finally SEE some of your pictures!!!! i am so glad you all loved it… SO much better without a troop of girls you can almost-not-stand!!! i love the birdie pictures!! great shot of coach with the bird on his head!!!! i am definitely going back again some day 🙂

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