The next morning, Linda and Rip made everyone breakfast and then we packed up and went to Sea World. It was actually more fun than I was expecting. I was looking forward to hanging out with friends, but even the shows were pretty good! There was a Pet Spectacular show that was embarrassingly impressive to me. There were a lot of cats, dogs and pigs that had routines and tricks. We also saw the Shamu show and stayed well out of the splash zone! We noticed that the show has changed quite a bit- the trainers don’t get in the water with the animals anymore. There was also a young whale that had just been born on Valentine’s Day!
I got my ticket for free thanks to SeaWorld's Hero Salute program! The program gives one free ticket to active duty members and three immediate dependents every year. I had to fill out the form on the computer, print out the voucher and then turn it into the ticket office to trade it in for a ticket (and show my id).
I think the highlight for me was seeing Mia play in the soft floor play zone. She’s just so cute! She’s full of smiles and just a total delight! Elaine and Fadi are awesome, too. That evening, we had pizza at my house and watched the sunset from the roof. Then, we walked to Extraordinary Desserts and split two pieces of delicious cake!