Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Today was the Griswald's day to go to Wally World, aka Sea World.  The kids were still so excited to see our friends, they didn't really want to go see the fish and were draggin their feet.  So we got a little bit of a late start, got great directions and Ellen sent them 20 miles out of the way one direction.  She forgot to tell Clark to get on the Turnpike.  We thought it odd that there wasn't anyone on the highway and we had to keep paying tolls.  Hmm?  Needless to say, we were even later and Clark's nerves were wearing thin.  He threw up his hands and wanted to throw in the towel on the fish.  They finally pulled into the parking lot at about 11:30.

First thing first, Kraken!  What a roller coaster!  Wahooooooo!  Welcome to Sea World!  I am not sure about the specifications, but your feet are a danglin.  There were at least 3 full loops.  I am pretty sure if you dropped a quarter out of your pocket upside down, it would hit you on the head on the other side.  We all were slightly wobbly after retrieving our shoes and exiting.  We decided to eat lunch at the Underwater Shark Grille.  There was a 75minute wait, but you could go right in and eat at the we did.  The bar itself was a tank!  It was way cool and we still had a view of all the shark tanks where "flipped-up fins" resided(named by Audrey).  This shark had some flipped up fins, but still could make it around the tank okay.  Lunch was delicious!  We made our way over to Shamu 45 minutes early  but it was very busy at the park that day and it was already full.  We were going to have to come back for a later show.  Off to Journey to Atlantis.  The line that was originally a 75 minute wait was now a bit better.  So we went through the thrill ride which has a couple drops into water.  A well received soaking as it was a hot day.    We made our way over to Shamu, stopping only to do a quick run through the penguins and waited in the crowed for over an hour.  Once we were let into the stadium, we decided to sit in the soak zone.  Clark talked Ellen into sitting closer than she wanted to and oddly enough, she got soaked and he didn't.  Ya just gotta live right, I guess.   The Shamu show "Believe" was a well done multi media sensation and was very touching.  The fish did a good job too! Next in line was the dolphin show.  Again, a great show but the soaking came from above!  Here the Grizwalds sat in the pouring rain in an empty stadium watching more fish splash around. Seeking cover (what's the point?) in a cafeteria called "Healthy Alternatives" Clark was happy to see that beer was considered to be healthy!

We missed the the Seal, Sea Lion and Sea Otter show that was scheduled next and decided to eat some dinner.  We then made it over to the Water Ski Jump Extravaganza. Initially, Clark thought it would be a waste of time considering there would be nothing new that he hadn't done in his youthful years at Cass Lake.  Then he realized it was perfect opportunity to share with his family some of his many aquatic skills as a young man!  "Kids, you know when I was young...  "

All exhausted, we decided we had seen enough fish (and heard enough of Clark's slightly skewed stories) for the day and returned home to Grandmother's house.  Our hosts were awaiting our return and we visited some more before retiring for the night. 
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