I want to take you all back to a little adventure that I was blessed with way, way, way back in November of 2009. And yes, as any mom of a two year old can tell you, that’s a LONG time ago. Since then I’ve cleaned up, tolerated, learned about, and simply have grown up in so many different ways that it seems like ages. So ya, a LONG time ago. And now I’m finally sharing with you an experience that I wish I would have been more snappy on. But you see, in my defense…. I HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD! So there.
That November I received an invitation to spend the night, slumber party style, with a group of women that at the time were all strangers. The only thing we all had in common was that we were moms and for some reason we caught the attention of SeaWorld San Antonio and the wonderful founders of The Motherhood @CooperMunroe and @EmilyMcKhann to take a walk on the #Wildside!
This was such a surprise, and talk about scary…spending the night with strangers…snoring…snorting…and all the other icky things people do…or I might do…while sleeping. Oh…the HORROR! But as it turned out sleep was the last thing that occurred that night.
We met armed with only a guest list full of names and twitter handles, and many questions and doubts about how the night would go. And then we started talking…and laughing…and finding in each other many, many things in common. From parenthood, husbands, and blogging (aka. Social networking junkies). The only three things that we needed in life up to that point had brought us together. As we entered the park it was decided that from that point on we were the #wildside Hotties! “Hay Hotties!?!”
That night we started our after hours tour in the Coral Reef where I made a big hit with my Twitter post wondering if we were having sushi for dinner. What? Was that bad? I was starting to get that gut wrenching feeling that I just burst my bubble. But after hearing a few snickers about it I realized that these women “got me”! They understood the humor behind what I was saying!! A rare treat for me I must add for someone who’s used to tasting toe jam for the things that fly out of my head unchecked most times.
She was taking aim at me...
After seeing some of the most wonderful displays of aquatic life and some really sharp teeth on the sharks we continued our after hours SeaWorld tour. We visited different arenas, behind the scenes, from the Beluga’s Stadium where the playful whales spit water at us, to visiting Shamu’s home and getting an up close interaction with one of the killer whales. Apparently she is the matriarch of the group and saw some familiar friends in all of us mothers because she happily posed for pictures right up by the glass and happily interacted with us. She seemed genuinely interested in her late night visitors. Such a treat and she was such a sweet lady.
Shamu making faces with Debi Pfitzenmaier otherwise known as Momonmars from PfitzPR.com.
That night we walked and walked and then finely were fed a wonderful meal by one of SeaWorlds world class chefs before we were off to the Penguin Encounter where, SQUEEEE, we would be spending the night. When I say I love penguins it is not a joke. It is a fact and, as any member of my family can attest to, if you buy me penguin stuff you will forever have me as a fan. Just like others who deck their houses out in chickens or pictures of cats… I am a penguin kind of gal. So to spend the night that close to all the lovable little gentlemen was the treat of treats and I can honestly say I can die happy because of it.
I love you.
And spend the night we did…sleep we did not. We talked, we tweeted, we giggled, we shared stories, and we did eventually attempt to bunk down. However it was really hard to sleep with the overwhelming smell of fish. Penguins may be adorable but the Penguin Encounter does have a dis-stink-tive odor of fish. Go figure. But it didn’t matter…we being the women of the blogosphere, also came armed with our I-phones which gave us distraction from the fact that no one was going to get any sleep that night.
Then morning came…. I think… It was still dark out when I went to brush the fish smell off my teeth. All of us bleary eyed and in a mostly zombie state were lead to our salvation of breakfast and COFFEE! We also shared our breakfast with a rambunctious group of boy scouts who apparently were in the park over night like we were. Bet they didn’t sleep either. And their loud, perky boyish screaming finally broke through the haze and woke us up.
Good morning to you too!
After our nice breakfast we had our last adventure, feeding the dolphins. And let me tell you, those guys are HUNGRY, in the morning! As we walked up to the pool they were jumping, and playing, and talking, and splashing, trying to get a good look at us just like we were getting a good look at them. I’m not sure who was more excited. And then we fed them their breakfasts while they flipped upside down for us to pet their soft bellies.
It was wonderful. And as we all left the park, strangers the day before but now friends and companions, we walked away with memories none of us will never forget. Since that day many have moved on but a core group of us have become what is known as the original #Wildside bloggers and we now play a very special roll by sharing our experiences with SeaWorld San Antonio. And since that day I’ve had many more experiences that I’m going to be sharing with you. So stay tuned, this was only part 1!
And then we became friends. (Photo taken and shared by the lovely Emily from The Motherhood.)
And don’t forget to get your cutie patooty booties to SeaWorld yourselves! I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on TV. This year they are making it easier on the budget to go and enjoy the park! Just pay for a day and enjoy the park all season long! Pick up your Fun Passes this year so you can enjoy SeaWorld San Antonio whenever you like! That’s a great deal so don’t pass it up ya’ll!!!
*Disclosure…. I do not work for Sea World. All that has been provided to me by Sea World San Antonio has been only a gift because they really are that awesome! I was never asked to write about (considering it took me a year and a half to get around to this post) or advertise for them and I am not being paid for it. I am writing about my adventures and those I met because of the impact it/they have made on my life. And since that’s what I write about on this little blog then those are the stories your gonna hear. If you have any other questions about this please feel free to ask me or simply read my disclosure policy. But, if after reading all this and that you feel like you would like me to get paid to write for you and/or your company…lets talk.