Friday, August 14, 2009

georgia aquarium

today, karmie, karla, and i loaded up the kids and piled into big bertha as we ventured out for a quick road trip to the ATL. destination being the georgia aquarium. the place was awesome. it is billed as the "world's largest aquarium" with more than 8.1 million US gallons of marine and fresh water. it also houses more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species. some notable specimens include four young whale sharks, three beluga whales, and a manta ray. here are some pics...so tita karmie pretty much claimed the mabster as her own that day. karla had carson, and i took care of lyla. we had a successful game plan as evidence by one fierce man-to-man defense. the mabster was having a grand ole time as she ran from exhibit to exhibit. carson and lyla enjoyed pointing and looking at all the pretty different colored fishies in the huge tank. they had the opportunity to pet some bonnethead sharks and cownose rays in the petting tanks, but i believed they liked looking at them while tita karmie did the petting.we stopped to eat lunch at the food court, and then we continued strolling throughout the aquarium. later, we reached The Ocean Voyager exhibit tunnel where the mabster got a closer view of the sea life by sitting on tita karmie's shoulders. this exhibit included the vast majority of the aquarium's water and almost 100,000 fish. it was designed to feature the life of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and showcases the aquarium's whale sharks through the underwater tunnel.as our tour throughout the aquarium was winding down, our last stop was at the viewing theater. as you turned the corner, the sight was incredible. i'll let the pictures do the talking...the viewing theater was my favorite for many reasons. for one, we were given the chance to just sit there and gaze at all of the beautiful sea creatures that swam around inside the huge tank. had we not had kids with us, i know i could have fallen asleep right there and then just a staring at the calmness of it all. it was so nice and cold that tita karmie brought a pink baja for the mabster to wear. she looked like the cutest damn hippie child i have ever seen.all in all, it was a long day, but i really enjoyed the experience of the georgia aquarium. luckily, we ended the day perfectly with all of the kids passed out on the car ride home. if only big bertha had an "auto pilot" button, i would have been right there with them. lastly, once we got home, daddy asked the mabster what her favorite thing at the aquarium was. sharks? whales? fishies? otters? nope. she responded back with, "sliding in a bubble with tita karmie." nice. here's the picture of that. and yes, they are sliding in a bubble acting like they are floating while everyone looked and laughed. gotta love it.

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