Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto

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Gena, an enthusiastic angel in our home school group took on the huge task of organizing a crew of more than 80 children and 40 adults for this downtown Toronto trip to Ripley’s Aquarium.  I know what a lot of work this is after having organized one trip to the Nashville Art Gallery once, and one trip to Crawford Lake Indian Village in Canada years ago.  And do you notice I only mentioned I organized ONE trip in TN and ONE trip in Ontario, Canada in each home school group I belonged to?  So, thank you, Gena angel for wearing the type A hat today for us all.  I hope we all behaved well enough to keep your enthusiasm up?

I was glad for dear hubby joining us on the outing as he’s a deep-down city slicker (even though he was raised in the country), and much in-the-know when it comes to GO Train schedules and maneuvering through Union Station downtown.  Glad to have found the Sky Walk to pass through some of the city without going outside.  There was only a hop, skip, and a jump to do outdoors before reaching Ripley’s.

But fascination upon fascination! I had no idea they built Ripley’s right by the CN Tower.  Shows you how long it’s been since I’ve been in the city!  How cool was that to open the doors at the end of the Sky Walk and have that sky-scraper meet us on the other side?!  Youngest couldn’t stop looking up.  And now she knows what her next date with daddy is going to be.

The moving side walk in the tunnel seemed to be the favourite amongst us all, with Saw Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Manta Rays swimming over and around us.  But quite honestly, the favoured first for me were the Sea Pens.  My husband laughed when I answered that this was actually my favourite sighting today.  “You didn’t like the sharks or eels or even magical jelly fish wall?”  It’s not that I didn’t like them, I just have never in my life seen or heard of a Sea Pen, nor remember studying this in our Apologia Exploring God’s Creation Ocean book.  They really did resemble a feather pen of long ago.  But as you can see from my pics, no one took a photo of them so I had to add a link (my own cellphone died early on in the trip else I’d have made sure we had one of these included in this post!).

We managed to catch a before rush-hour train home again, allowing us pretty much the top floor of our train car practically to  ourselves.  The children were thrilled with the chance to ride the train into daddy’s employment city and back, and of course called it “fun,” something I’m sure my husband would beg to differ in opinion with when he’s sandwiched in among brief cases, snoring side-kicks (though I’m sure he’s guilty of that one), and staring strangers seated in too close proximity for the daily commute.  But truth be told, and I know hubby would agree…it sure beats the daily drive, so really, the GO’s the way to go!  And a must-do just for the experience alone when you’ve got the kiddos with you!

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