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NateKat · January 2013

January 2013

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A couple months while returning from San Diego we stopped at the Long Beach Aquarium (Aquarium of the Pacific).  They have a pretty wide variety of aquariums and marine animals.

Finding Nemo Tank

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They also have some terrariums.
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Leafy Sea Dragon
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They have some massive tanks that have all types of creatures big and small.
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They also have a few interactive tanks where you can touch the animals.

Petting a sting ray!

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 This 2-story tall wall of water is pretty awesome and puts the size of some of these fish in perspective.
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Fish are definitely the main attraction and have the best exhibits, but there are some others. The otters are fun to watch play but tricky to photograph. The penguin and seal/sea lion exhibits are pretty weak. But if you like looking at colorful fish and coral, we highly recommend visiting it if you’re in Long Beach. It made us want to get a fish tank!

Back in November we went to San Diego for my birthday weekend. We spent Friday night with Nathan’s parents and then on Saturday I participated in a color run with some friends from work.

The color run was a 5k in the Qualcomm Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers) parking lot so the course itself wasn’t that interesting, but it’s the color that everyone comes for – basically throughout the race there are a few color ‘stations’ where volunteers throw colored cornstarch at you and you end up covered in color! Everyone starts with a white t-shirt so that the color stands out.

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Some people got into the color more than us.

At the end of the race they have a ‘color party’ with a DJ and such where everyone has packets of the color and continues to douse each other trying to get as much of your favorite color as possible.

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We got split up into 2 groups during the run and had trouble finding each other in the giant crowd at the end, but overall it was a fun experience. And no question we got plenty of color!

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After the run, the girls and I checked into the Hilton Bayfront for a girls night out in San Diego. They picked an amazing place for dinner (Searsucker) and then we went out dancing. It was a great birthday celebration!