On Wednesday, my dear friend and roommate took me on a surprise visit to Sea World, San Diego as a belated birthday present! I haven’t been since sometime in elementary school, so this was a great (and very thoughtful) trip. Not that I remember much from my childhood amusement park ventures, but so many things looked different from the last time I was there! For one thing, when I was last at Sea World, the only ride that I remember existing was the Shipwreck Rapids Tube Rafts. This time, I got to go on Journey to Atlantis, Manta Roller Coaster (so fun that I went on it twice), and the breathtaking Bayside Skyride. As for other attractions, we managed to fit in everything we wanted to do; we hit up all the animal exhibits and took in all the shows (my favorites were Blue Horizon, Pets Rule, and Cirque de la Mer). But even after experiencing everything, I like to think that the most rewarding sight I saw that day was from a window in an underwater viewing area – a baby orca was imitating its mother (father?) during their lazy swim around the tank.
I know there’s this whole controversy with Sea World and its ethics, especially ever since the Blackfish documentary came out, but despite agreeing with some of the points that the documentary makes, I’m still in support of many of Sea World’s actions and visions. Not only does Sea World serve as a fun interactive learning center for youngsters, but it is also huge on nature conservation, and most of the animals it takes in were either so injured or orphaned that they were unable to be returned to the wild. I don’t want to delve too much into this controversial topic, but I will say that I do admire Sea World’s commitment to conserving the natural world, and this one-day visit to Sea World reaffirmed just how beautiful and big the world is, and that selfless efforts must be made to preserve it. You may have heard of the phrase “pay it forward.” This should always be applied to humans AND animals.
Anyways, since this is more of a style blog than anything else, it’s essential that I talk briefly about the outfit. I always have some trouble deciding on what to wear when I go to amusement parks, since I have to factor in style as well as all-day comfort, weather changes throughout the day, and possible outfit changes in case of unfortunate luck on water rides. For Sea World, I settled on a short sleeved zip-up over a plain black tank, black shorts, and a lightweight utility jacket. I didn’t want my feet to be unnecessarily sore from unwise footwear choices, so I decided to play it safe and go with my high-top Converse. As for my bag, I wanted to avoid sore shoulders yet still have a bag big enough to fit all my essentials – water, wallet, snacks, sunscreen, tissues, chapstick, hand sanitizer, and a change of pants, just in case – and a small, stylish backpack did the trick.
Below are some snaps I took during my visit on my Samsung Galaxy S4. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see some familiar shots!
Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend!
P.S. Sea World is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary with $50 weekday tickets, so now would be the perfect time to go!