SeaWorld, But Most Importantly, PENGUINS

October 5, 2009

Y’all, I had a good weekend. I mean, it was really good. Check it out:


We woke up at 5:30 a.m. and left the house a little after 7 a.m. On the way I made David pull over so I could get coffee about an hour outside of San Antonio. I wonder when I became that kind of coffee drinker? (Incidentally, who knew Valero has such good cappuccinos?) We parked at SeaWorld and walked to the gate only to be told to come back when I wasn’t trying to sneak pepper spray into the park. When we finally made it inside, the first thing we did was go on a ride. I love roller coasters, and although they make David nervous he was game. But by the time we got inside the cart he was wondering what on earth he was thinking. Poor guy was miserable, and I have the picture to prove it:

Steel Eel

Yes, we paid almost $13 for this picture, and I think it’s worth every penny. Everyone else is the picture of happiness–they should put us on an advertisement–and David looks like he’s undergoing surgery without anesthesia. Can you believe that after this I convinced him to ride it a second time?

Next we saw the Shamu show “Believe”, and now I am head over heels in love with that whale. I almost cried from sheer joy at the end. But seriously, it is amazing what they can train those animals to do. After another roller coaster left us both feeling dizzy and a little nauseated, we decided to stop for lunch. We had to eat quick because OMG WE SIGNED UP FOR AN UP CLOSE PENGUIN ENCOUNTER!!! I have loved penguins since I was a little kid, and I have always wanted to pet one. When I found out that it was possible to do this I immediately made it one of my 101 goals. We got to go behind the scenes of the exhibit, see the penguins in their “habitat”, learn a bit more about them, and finally MEET ONE!


How cute is David’s face? He’s like a little boy!

This was totally the highlight of the day (and it better’ve been at $30 a person). But the fun did not end there, oh no. David bought a tray of three fish for $5 to feed the dolphins. He attempted to joke with the man selling them about what a moneymaker it was, but the man was not amused. In fact, he gave us a condescending look and said, “It helps the animals.” Sure, sure. We also saw the shark exhibit, went to another two shows, and walked through the two “haunted” attractions when they opened, but it was still light outside so they weren’t very scary.

At the end of the day we had walked 9.23 miles (says my pedometer) and my feet were killing me because I wore some cheap Old Navy flip flops, and David’s hips were killing him because, well, he has a better excuse than I do. I highly recommend going to SeaWorld if you get the chance!

I’ll write about the rest of our trip tomorrow, but I must get myself to bed right now. If you’re interested, you can see some of my video clips from the weekend on Vimeo and the rest of my pictures (and get a sneak peek!) on Flickr.

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Comments on SeaWorld, But Most Importantly, PENGUINS

  1. 1

    From SoMi's Nilsa:

    I don’t do roller coasters very well. In fact, I’ve only been on one upside down roller coaster. I was screaming profanities for the whole 3 minute ride. I am a wuss.

  2. 2

    From Girl w/the Red Hair:

    I LOVED Sea World when I went a few years ago. The Shamu show is so so cool, I can’t believe how he “dances” to music!

    So cool that you got to meet a penguin! I wish I’d done something like that when I was there! Seaworld waw definitely an amazing experience for me too and I can’t wait to go back one day!

  3. 3

    From nicole:

    That last picture is awesome. I love your brown hair, by the way!

  4. 4

    From Chelsea:

    I love Sea World. I’m so glad yall had fun and had good weather! I want to go back.

  5. 5

    From Tabaitha:

    You know it must be love if David isn’t a fan of roller coasters and still got on them with you. That picture is priceless. I’m so jealous you got to pet a penguin. I love penguins!

  6. 6

    From Christine:

    Everything you said in Caps lock is exactly how I would have reacted, except there would probably be a lot more OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That being said, I am incredibly envious of your expedition BUT I`m willing to live vicariously through you. :)

  7. 7

    From kait:

    First of all, the comment about surgery without anesthesia was hysterical. I’m in CLASS, ok, and should not laugh that hard during lecture for no reason.

    Second, PENGUIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    On my list of things to accomplish like, YESTERDAY.

  8. 8

    From Lauren:

    a) i love pictures of you and david on roller coasters (ahem…. kemah)
    b) one of my good friends is obsessed w/ penguins and she is now very jealous of you
    c) see you toniiiiight!

  9. 9

    From Marlena:

    I will have you to know that San Antonio is on my MUST SEE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR list. We got our puppy from there but didn’t stop to see anything, just swoop him up, eat dinner with his fam [super nice people] and journey back to the H.

    I would LOVE to meet a penguin! Still holding out for that gorilla hug too….

  10. 10

    From Ro:

    Okay, I just have to say that I’ve seen the roller coaster picture maybe four times. Never fails to crack me up. I’m at work now, laughing my head off. Priceless photo!

  11. 11

    From lauren w:

    I’m stalking your blog to get ideas for mine and this post makes me smile :)

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