Last night was so amazing.
“Why?” You may ask…
My best friend and I took a trip to the Mystic Aquarium to partake in the South African Wine Dinner. This is an event they offer to support the conservation, education, and research of African penguins; an endangered species.
I had never been to the Mystic Aquarium before. My best friend had visited, but never participated in any of the events. Needless to say, we were both incredibly excited. It was about a two hour drive, but the time went by seemingly fast.
When we arrived there were far more people than we anticipated. The line to the front door was pretty long. We all waited eagerly to get inside, as the staff finished setting up for the event. I couldn’t help but think how cool it all was; we were going to an aquarium after hours!
The doors opened and we all filed in. As we were walking, we saw a beluga whale pop it’s head up from the water. I had never been to an aquarium this big (or even with an outdoor portion for that matter) so when my friend pointed this out to me, I was pretty much floored.
When we got inside, the first notable guests that we were greeted with were two African penguins! Two staff members told us all about them and it was amazing to see them up close.
Now if you think that’s cool… imagine getting to pet one!
They instructed us to pet the center of the penguins back, not the head. The feeling of the penguin’s back was strange. I can’t really pinpoint what the texture was like, let alone convey it correctly in writing. All I can say is that petting a penguin put a smile on my face that remained the whole night. Even now, reminiscing, I feel the excitement from last night building up once more.
In addition to meeting the guests of honor, there were so many cool creatures to check out in the room. We saw jellyfish, stingrays, sharks, eels, seahorses, crabs, a turtle… so many kinds of fish! I felt like a kid again as I looked at each tank in awe.
While the food and wine was wonderful (I even managed to find things my vegan self could eat!), I can’t stress enough how being in a room filled with so much life, made my heart soar.
The only thing that made the night better, was when we were walking out and saw that our whale friend was still there, poking his head up… We then heard the most magical sound; a beautiful call that was the most perfect “goodnight” I have ever received.
Quote of the Day: “Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of time.” – H.P. Lovecraft
Question of the Day: What is the best experience you’ve had so far in 2017?