It’s Travel Tuesday, and I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate by sharing my traveling adventure this past weekend out East. Phillip and the band were playing in Baltimore on Luke Bryan’s ‘Kill The Lights Tour’ so Penelopi and I decided to tag along for a quick trip to explore the city and see the show. During our short visit there, we had the fantastic opportunity to experience the National Aquarium – one of the top five aquariums in the U.S.
Phillip’s sweet assistant, April, happened to have a connection and hooked us up with a private tour of the incredible facility on National Zoo Appreciation Day, nonetheless! We began the tour by watching a fascinating Brazilian macaw named Margarette – she was beautiful. Recently, her handler taught her how to paint! We watched as Margarette held the brush with her powerful beak and made small brush strokes across the paper.
From there, we walked on to the reptile room to play with all the beautiful scaly creatures. At one point I even wrapped a boa constrictor around my waist– I know, I am crazy, but that was incredible. We also met an Australian Skink named Rufus, who was cutest little lizard we’ve ever seen. He loves to be rubbed in between his eyes, and when we did, he would close his small eyes in relaxation. So sweet!
After we made our way through the reptile room, we then spent some quality time with all sorts of sea animals– Penelopi and I LOVED this part. Not only were we able to watch these fascinating creatures living from behind the glass, but we also had the chance to play with some of them! We pet a dozen jellyfish (without being stung, that is), even more horseshoe crabs, and at one point we let a giant octopus suck on our skin! We learned that, when the octopus is motivated, it can open a jar of toys!
As we walked across a long bridge while sharks swam below us, I strangely found myself amazed rather than fearful. Perched on that bridge, I felt like we were behind the scenes of a shark’s life. We watched intently as these deadly fish swam slowly around the tank, and we even got to see some aquarium professionals swim around with them. The shark handlers mentioned that the sharks could sense us because of the electrical charges our bodies release. How incredible is that?
The National Aquarium has so much to offer to everybody, no matter your age or interests. I could continue raving about the aquarium and our fun-filled day, but instead, I’ll spare you a lengthy post by encouraging you to find your way there if at all possible. From playing and seeing all the different sea creatures to learning about the vast waters that they live in, the overall experience was both informative and fun, a memory that will long live in my family’s book!