We went to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on Thursday. Shawn and I had both been as children, and wanted Samuel to experience it. It was amazing. Unfortunately, it was hard to get good pictures as flash photography is not allowed in the majority of the exhibits. But, we got this great one of Samuel making friends with a starfish in the touch tank. It was SO soft. I guess I expected it to feel similar to the dried ones you can buy - silly, huh? How different to feel a soft, fuzzy, living sea star.
There were many, many things I wish I could show you pictures of. First on the list would be the look on Samuel's face when he saw a dolphin do the first trick of the show. It reared up out of the water and "walked" backwards on its tail, and Samuel was a combination of amazement and bliss.
Other memorable sights: dolphins swimming up to the glass in the underwater viewing area to look at us, the graceful dance of the beluga whales, the undulating red jellyfish, the beautiful alien sea dragons, the gliding stingrays, the rainbows of fish, the incredible energy and speed of Rockhopper penguins, the curious shape of the Shovel-Nosed Guitarfish (really!), and the sharks. Oh, the sharks! We could have watched them circle for hours, especially the sawfish.
If you are in the area, do not miss Shedd.
After our feet had had enough meandering through the oceans of the world (though the rest of us was only getting warmed up), we headed over to our dear friends' house in Elk Grove, where we dined on the Best. Pizza. Ever. Really. We have been craving it ever since, and are sincerely glad that we do not live in Elk Grove, because as much as we love Steve, Sheila, David, and Joshua, we would gain about 300 pounds from eating that pizza 7 days a week.
Needless to say, we'll have to visit Chicagoland more often, to see friends, visit the sights, and, well, eat pizza. Hey Steve and Sheila, doing anything tomorrow?