So, we decided to take a little day trip on Sunday - down to Clearwater and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see the famous dolphin, Winter. We had been to the aquarium before, in 2002 - way before Winter. It was kind of a sad little place then - not much going on, but we got to see some fun things. The kids were little, so they enjoyed everything.
Fast forward -- today, the aquarium is more like a theme park! We had to park 2 blocks away, and stood in line under a tent to get our tickets.
Once inside, it was wall-to-wall people. And hot and steamy! We went to see Winter, but instead, watched a training session with a new baby dolphin, Hope. After that, Haley wandered around and touched stingrays, and I found air conditioning in the theater!
We finally got to see Winter - under water - and then decided to hit the gift shop and go home.
But, when we got out of the building and back into the tents, the rain was coming down in sheets - wind was blowing and the lightning and thunder was tremendous! We had to wait another half an hour just to be able to walk to the car. Then - the long ride back in the rain. I'm looking forward to doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING today!