Our first activity once we arrived was to go out on a boat for a "lab at sea." It was a three hour adventure where the kids got to cast out a net and pull in a bunch of sea life. They got to hold and learn about halibut, lobster, shrimp, crabs and stingrays. We also saw a grey whale up close and dolphins swam right by our boat. Very cool. Then it was a stop for breakfast at a diner and then off to spend the rest of the day at Sea World.
After several hours at Sea World, we headed to a park near a beach for a grilled burger dinner. We then did a driving tour of downtown San Diego before heading to our hotel for the night. The kids all stayed in rooms with just kids, so it was an adventure for them. It felt so good the lay down in bed.
The next morning we enjoyed breakfast burritos on the beach while we watched seals. One of the boys in my group had never left Arizona and this was his first time at the beach! I think I may have been more excited for him that he was for himself. I text his mom pictures all day since I knew she'd want to see his first experience at the beach.
We then stopped at Scripps Aquarium and then the beach again (this time we could put our feet in) and enjoyed a pizza lunch before getting back on the bus to head home.
This was seriously the best field trip ever. It was run by a company that the school contracted with to run the trip and they did a fabulous job. The only thing they need to improve on was the quality (or lack thereof) of the motel. It was pretty sketchy. We weren't at the motel for long, so it was all good.
I'm thankful I was able to go on this super cool trip with Max and share these memories with him.
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