The Aquarium of the Pacific

One of my favorite things in the world is to go to aquariums. In fact, my first date with Christian was actually to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego. It was so much fun, and a really great first date but that's for another day. Ever since I moved to California, Christian had the idea of taking me to The Aquarium of the Pacific, which is in Long Beach, California. It's not actually that far of a drive from where we were leaving, so we decided to go one day with my roommate. She adores aquariums as well, and Christian and Sonya were friends too, so why not. 

When we got there, I was so excited. It was so much bigger than the Birch Aquarium, so I immediately knew that we were going to be spending a lot of time there. In total, we spent about three and a half/four hours there. They had so many exhibits to look at, and so many different pools that you could touch some of the animals with. One of the things that sold me on the aquarium in general was that there was a sting ray touch pool. I don't know why but I've had a thing for sting ray's recently. They're so freaking cute and I just want to watch them and pet them, because look at their smiling faces. How can you not love a smiling face like that. 

One of the really awesome things, that we all took part in, is that in their guide booklets that tell you information about the aquarium and the different exhibits that are at the aquarium, there is a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt has about 30 different presses to look for. When you go to the exhibit there is a paper press (one that produces a seal in each page), at each station that you have to find and make an impression on. It's so much fun for kids, and even adults to do. 

One thing that specifically stood out to me was a wall of pictures from Katrina 10 years ago, vs today. It was crazy to see that even out in California, people still cared about Katrina, to an extent. It was good to see my home, somewhere I didn't think would care, in a comparison aspect where it showed what it used to look like and what it looked like years later. One question I always seem to get asked when people find out that I'm from southern Louisiana is if Katrina affected me at all. It did, and it's hard to explain how it didn't affect my life. But this was a good way to start to explain things to those who may not have been there. 

We all had a really good time, and it made us feel like kids again. 
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