Friday Walker had his trip to San Diego, CA with Oceanography Club. He was buzzing with excitement all week and the night before he couldn’t hardly sleep! 😛
Jared and I both got to chaperon this trip..it was so much better doing it together than if we went alone. It’s nice to have a buddy to hang out with. 🙂 My only regret was that I injured my right foot pretty bad just after Christmas and it is still really painful. I tried to grin and bare it but I had a pretty rough time of it. But…the show must go on!
We left the school at 3:45pm right after the kids got out…Walker is anxious to get on the road! 🙂
It didn’t take too long and then we were off! The touring company was called ‘Project Exploration’ and we had our own guide, Autumn, who was amazing!! She kept the kids entertained with different activities throughout the entire trip. It really helped the time fly by!!
We stopped in Yuma for dinner around 7pm and got to the Mission Valley Hotel around 11pm CA time. We knew the next day was going to be jam packed so we tried to get to bed as soon as we could.
He made sure he had his jacket, money, camera, etc without promptings from us. I was SO proud of him!!! It really helped me to see that he’s becoming a very responsible young man! 😀
We gathered around to meet our sea tour guide Jaime. (He’s the guy in the cap.) He was really great!
After he gave us our instructions it was time to head down to the docks. Jared and some of the other chaperons trying to usher the kids in the right direction. 🙂
This was our vessel! 🙂
My handsome guys!
Jaime gathered the kiddos around to explain the safety rules real quick and then we were sailing the ocean blue! 🙂
The kids walked around and checked out the boat too. It takes a while to get out to the open ocean.
Jaime gathered everyone around to help throw out a net to drag the ocean to see what kinds of creatures live down there. This was pretty cool!
Walker and Jared listening like good students. 😛
Our AMAZING tour guide Autumn. 😀
The kids helped pull the net back up. It was hard work! Then they gathered around to see what they caught.
Brenna kissing the Fan Fish!! Ewwww!! 😛
Herring…aka Fantail Sole.
A beautiful view. 😛
A California Halibut.
A Round Sting Ray.
A Californian Spiny Lobster.
A Sea Sponge.
A Sea Star. We were informed that they are NOT to be called Star Fish because they aren’t fish. They are called Sea Stars…now you know too! 😛
There was also an octopus which thankfully Walker was able to get a picture of. The boat was rockin and rollin on the water and with my bad foot I had to sit down, or fall on my face trying to take the picture. I chose to sit down. 😛 LOL!
After the kids finished identifying all the sea life we headed out even further, to open waters. Then what did our little eyes spy……..
When I was in the 6th grade I was in the Oceanography Club and we didn’t see a whale on our trip. It was sad. So this was a special treat for everyone! 😀
Look close at the pic below. You don’t see the whale above the water but you can see how the water looks different and sorta smooth. That’s where she is under the water. 🙂
You forget as you drive kids to school, run to the grocery store, go to work, pack lunches, and make play dates, that there is this whole other place on Earth where fascinating animals live in their completely different world down below. It’s mind blowing…
We said good-bye to our new friend and took our tour bus over to Sea World! We watched the Believe Show.
After the show we grabbed some lunch at Shipwreck Reef Cafe’. Walker loved having his own camera and started testing out his artistic ability with capturing this picture of crates. 🙂
Once lunch was over it was time to get some sightseeing done! First up was the Sea Star exhibit.
We pretty much saw every possible thing in the park. My foot was NOT happy about this!
Unfortunately my little camera died before the end of the day so we had to take the rest of the trip’s pictures with Jared’s cell phone which doesn’t take very good night shots. 🙁
That night we had a buffet dinner on the docks, and got to go down to the beach where there was a bon fire, s’mores and some crazy real life stories about sharks told by a Sea Captain!
On Sunday we got to go back to the beach for some dry beach time to do a scavenger hunt and take some group photos in the gorgeous weather! 😀
The Oceanogrphy Club Students!
Me and my boy!
Aren’t we cute?! 🙂
Our next destination was Birch Aquarium.
My feeble attempt trying to keep my foot up…sooo sore…
The kids broke off into groups of their choosing and wrote lyrics to their songs. I sneakily talked Jared into writing/performing one of his own and it was a SMASH HIT!
Walker and his group did a GREAT job too! 🙂 Such a talented family I have! 😛