Hello again! I almost didn’t post tonight because it logged me out and I couldn’t find my password, but luckily it appeared for me. 🙂 Today was a busy day and I tried to nap earlier but all I did was lie there thinking, so I’m ready for sleeping as soon as I tell you all about my day. We got off to a pretty good start–we left around 10 and initially the three of us were going to take separate cars so Raven could take Desi home if she got too tired but I told her I’d be fine coming home and then going back out again if it meant we got to chat more, so we all rode together. They’re members of the aquarium so once we got there I was able to get a discount since I was a guest of theirs and it was really fun. We touched the tubers at the touch tank–the little creatures that shrink back into their homes if you touch them and then gradually come back out again. There were at least two school groups there, so it was really crowded, but it was fun and we mostly avoided the crowds. They had a medium sized octopus that was hanging out on the glass so we could see all its tentacles, some pretty coral, and tons of other fish. Oh, and I found a Napoleon-fish in one of the tanks and I took a picture because I only recognized it from playing Animal Crossing–which I would have enjoyed playing today during my sleepy afternoon, but overall I’m glad I left it.
That big blue fish is the Napoleon Fish–I’m pretty positive that’s its actual name. I was pretty excited to recognize it. 🙂 And the little yellow ones are butterfly fish. There were also some interesting artifacts in the tanks, like carved pumpkins and a Seahawks helmet–apparently there are a lot of devoted fans here in Seattle.
There was also this really cool Halloween-themed carving:
We took a picture with the pirate skeleton and Desi and I gave each other a high five/high foot with the skeleton arm and leg that were lying on the ground.
Desi was so cute with her little Elsa gown–people kept addressing her as “Princess” and later when we walked through Pike Place two of the vendors gave her small flowers to carry around. 🙂 It was pretty magical. Speaking of magical, when we got to the take with the Red Lionfish Desi put her hand against the glass and the fish tried to press himself into the glass. Raven asked what she was doing and Desi said she was giving the fish love because he was happy-sad. It was really sweet.
Next we went outside to see the Sea Lions and we found this guy sleeping even though his buddy kept swimming and splashing around him. He looked so peaceful and his nostrils were pretty cool to watch as they flared and shut, but we didn’t stay long.
Next we moved on to watch them feeding and playing with the otters. They would give them clams and the otters would tear them open and rip the meat out with their teeth–it was pretty cool to watch and I got a pretty good picture (if I do say so myself ^_~):
When we went downstairs we could see them swimming and looking for scraps they may have missed. Raven said their shells were like their dirty dishes and it seems to fit–they were strewn about and I saw the exoskeleton of a shrimp float by and I called it a “shrimp wrapper” since we were comparing the shells to dishes and it fit with that concept.
Soon after Desi got hungry and we were almost finished anyway so we headed over to the place by the Wheel to get fish and chips since that’s a big thing in this area. We found seats overlooking this beautiful view:
Well, the water was actually from the aquarium side, but you get the idea–we were surrounded by water and it was beautiful. And they fried our fish after we ordered so when I brought it back to the table it was super hot. The weather was a lot warmer today, by the way–it was windy but I didn’t need my thick coat like I did yesterday. Now I know to bring options when I go places. Anyway, look at how delicious my food looks! It was just as yummy as the picture looks:
After we ate we went on the Wheel! I don’t know if there’s a proper name for it, so I’m just capitalizing Wheel as its name for now. Apparently the normal ride length is three spins but as we were up there Desi said we were going to get an extra spin and we all hoped for it and it happened, then as we were ending the fourth spin she said “One more time!” and we didn’t know whether we would or not so Raven told Desi to ask for it and see if we got it. We did! We got five circles instead of three! It was definitely magical. 🙂 Here are some pictures:
The place where we ate.
There was a seal playing in the water as we went up!
Desi and I in front of the water. 🙂
Desi took this one of Raven and I and it’s just so perfect. 🙂
So after the ride we were planning to drive around so Raven could show me some of the places and we talked more about travel and life. We weren’t planning to go to Pike Place anymore but Raven asked Desi if she thought she could handle walking around for a little and she said yes so we found a great parking spot and Raven showed me around. We got cider and Raven bought some flowers– I had never seen a place with so many pretty bouquets and they were all so fairly priced! It was a great trip and I ended up buying some organic lavender lotion from Moon Valley Organics. After our purchase they told us that if we went on FB and liked them we could get a free lip balm so we both did that and I almost went for the cinnamon but I ended up choosing mint. 🙂 It started getting a little too crowded soon after choosing the flowers so we walked back in the outer market and we stopped at Mishou or Michou where we picked up some things for dinner–I got a half of a baked potato and a full, large sandwich which I thought I’d be able to finish but now I have half a sandwich waiting for me at breakfast. We put the food away when we got back and we were all pretty tired so we rested for a little. I went to my bed and tried to sleep but all I managed was to close my eyes and somewhat quiet my mind. I have a lot to think about with this trip and life in general, so it was good to relax. When I went back upstairs Raven and Desi were looking at hair tutorials for her Elsa costume tomorrow and Jay got home soon after. We shared dinner and had fun conversation about daily life and the occasional travel story and afterward Desi was dancing around to the end music from Dolphin Tale (which Raven told me all about since I’ve never seen it and it’s one of Desi’s favorite movies). After the movie ended she went searching for her Katy Perry CD before performing some adorable dancing by herself and then with her dad. It was really sweet to watch. 🙂 We just spent the evening enjoying each others’ company until around 8:20 when it was time for Desi to go to bed and I retired to my room where I started writing this, got distracted and forgot I was in the middle of writing it, and now here I am finishing it! I’m pretty tired still so I’m going to enjoy my last night here before heading to Oregon tomorrow. Have a wonderful night! Enjoy this picture of a cuttlefish and a super tiny hermit crab!