so i took a little hiatus. i apologize. finding an apartment, moving, taking on a new job. and then another. and then a project. and getting my puppy back has left me with little free time. really. she just looks at me with those big brown eyes that plead for me to talk her for a walk. or a run. or a car ride… and i cave. every. single. time.
but i am back! with a story about the Atlanta aquarium.
like most stereotypical human beings that have two x chromosomes, i love little creatures. and any zoo, aquarium, or dog park is a great place to find such creatures. well i settled with the second option in this particular instance for two reasons. 1. for the infamy of the Atlanta aquarium. 2. to not make my own favorite four-legged creature of the canine species jealous.
well i should probably start with the story of how i ended back up in Atlanta during my traveling escapades.
it was march. and i was getting restless. so what better idea than to leave st. louis?! and where better to go than Georgia?! so off we went. it helped that our favorite Georgian brewery was holding their first public brewery tour.
so we piled in the car. and spent the eight hours singing every 90s hit and taking mediocre snapchats of anything within four feet of, well, my feet.
when we finally arrived sometime in the wee hours of the morning, our friend’s apartment was covered in confetti and empty beer cans, and we were the least bit surprised. but that is probably a story for another time.
the next day, some of the boys went golfing. and we went gawking.
and staring. and pointing. and gasping at some of the most intriguing creatures. not all had four legs, but i still liked them just the same.
there was Melvin, the albino crocodile. his teeth weren’t so frightening when they blended into his skin.
there was Alfred, the beluga whale. he was very graceful for a 3000 pound animal.
Sammy, the stingray. He was always smiling.
Mr. Bubbles, a giant manta ray. He wouldn’t tell me his real name. or anything at all. but all of his friends called him Mr. Bubbles. and boy, did he love the diver’s bubbles.
while it was an apt nickname, i think his friends could’ve been a little more creative.
and you can’t forget about Michael. He was pretty hard to miss.
and then there were the jellyfish.
and the regular fish.
and my favorite of all… da otters!! now these little guys had created their own little raft in the aquarium. they swam. and played. and rolled. and wiggled. and giggled. okay, maybe it was just me giggling.
did you know otters have the densest hair of all mammals? over 100,000 hairs in the space of a postage stamp. ladies, think about trying to brush that every morning. yikes.
they can also hold their breath for eight minutes. eight! i would pass out.
also, they are the only amphibious member of the weasel family. and the only cute ones too.
i even made us go back to see them again before we left.
and of course after the aquarium, we had to grab something to eat. meandering around adorable critters will really get your appetite up.
so we ate.
and went to our favorite libations establishment. where Brian was apparently doing his best Mr. Scrooge impression. with a smile on his face.
and ate again. at the best brunch place. ever.
and then ate again.
and then we rolled ourselves back into the car, fat, stiff-necked, and happy, destined for St. Louis once again. but don’t worry Atlanta, i will be back one day.
and don’t worry. the fuzzy creatures of the St. Louis zoo will be coming up soon too!