Seattle (Day 1): An Extreme Walking Tour [Part 2]

Continuing on with my vacation adventures, Part 2 of the extreme self-made walking tour to make sure our legs would hurt at the end of the day is all about the Seattle Aquarium.

I love Aquariums and its always a blast to visit. The Seattle Aquarium is pretty big with a lot of walking areas inside and outside there are viewing areas for seals and river otters and sea otters.  We had a lot of time here mostly because I insisted that this place we don’t rush.  If they were going to rush, they could do the next thing without me.  My objective for Seattle was to go to the Seattle Aquarium so that was my one request.  Luckily, they didn’t ditch me because I would have regretted not going to the spot afterwards for the Underground Tour which I talked about HERE for a photo challenge a few weeks ago.

Let’s go check out the Seattle Aquarium!

Windows on Washington Waters

Seattle Aquarium

Life on the Edge: Touch Pools, Moon Jellies, Giant Octopus

Seattle Aquarium

Touch Pool

Seattle Aquarium

Moon Jellies

Seattle Aquarium

Giant Octopus

Pacific Coral Reef & Tropical Pacific

Birds

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

Underwater Dome

The actual Underwater Dome is just that last picture but I’m starting to get a little confused as to why there was more corals and sea creatures between after the Birds area.  I’m a little confused but you get the idea, right?

Marine Mammals: Sea Otters, Harbour Seals, Northern Fur Seals, River Otters

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

There really are no words for the Seattle Aquarium.  There were a ton of really neat corals and fishes and much much more. I loved it a lot! Its worth every penny.  The Underwater Dome made it hard to take good pictures but standing in it was really nice.  Plus, the seals and otters are really alive and happy.  It shows that they seem happy with the environment they are in since they come off as extremely playful.  You have the above and underwater viewing for those so its really well thought out.

Part 3 will be coming up to wrap up Day 1 of Seattle.  I just didn’t want to overload the posts with too many pictures.  I’m a little surprised Seattle took up that much time and we haven’t even started Alaska which will have a ton of different segments, other than pictures, one special segment that I’m getting stuff together for but I think it’ll be a finale and also my views on my first time cruising. Just a heads on what to expect.  My guess is this travel bit is going to span over the next month.

What do you think of the Seattle Aquarium? Have you ever been?

Pavillon de la Faune at Stratford, Quebec

This Sunday’s adventure was to Pavillon de la faune.  Its a observation center for wildlife.  It actually has two other parts charged separately.  One is a private collection which is the actual Pavillon de la Faune (Fauna Pavillion). Another one is a cruise of Lac Aylmer which needed to be booked in advance.  We had only wanted to go check out the Observation Centre so we paid $10 for entrance and we headed across the street to where the actual entrance is.

In the area right before we enter the actual centre, they have cages with some animals also. The deer pen is one where we can go in.  Unfortunately, I delegated the task of photo taking and lets just say, technical difficulties occurred so I have nothing to showcase.  There was two cages with raccoons and man, they were so playful and adorable.  There was a cage of turkeys going all gobble gobble and then finally, there was a cage of baby foxes.  They were mega adorable.We even had a chance to hold them, although another girl took that chance so I just stood and watched as the guide took it out of the kennel.

Pavillon de la faune

Baby Fox held by the guide

On the entrance of the observation centre, there was rows and rows of caged animals.  Some was saved from the wilderness, some was orphaned, some were left behind in changes of their owner’s situations.  As much as I didn’t really enjoy seeing them caged in like that, the objective of the centre was a good one.

After the cage section, we saw the open area with some more farm animals and domesticated, docile ones that won’t have the danger of biting off any of my body parts.

We were greeted by miniature horses, a llama hiding in a corner and a donkey.

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Llama with another hiding behind it

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centre d'observation de la faune

Donkey

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Petting a donkey

After two more sets of fence barrier, we get into a rocky mountain (man-made) to let goats climb and go around.

Goats

Goats

Its actually a pretty funny story.  As mentioned, there were these fences blocking off these goats from the section in the middle with baby goats and other farm animals and the bunny pen is there also. Some person didn’t close the fence properly and these goats lined up in single file and started going to the middle section.

Runaway goat/ram? Not sure what you call it

Runaway goat/ram? Not sure what you call it

The finale for me was going into the bunny pen.  I even got to hold one of them which the task was also delegated but yet another technical difficulty happened and it wasn’t shot.  At least I have cute bunny pictures 🙂

centre d'observation de la faune

Little Bunnies

Bunnies

Bunnies

Bunnies cuddling up together

Bunnies cuddling up together

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This was the little guy that I held 🙂

This place may not be the best wildlife centre I’ve been to but the whole experience of getting to touch certain animals was definitely fun.  Can you tell I’m the interactive type (with animals), not necessarily humans, that takes a little more time to warm up to.  Is that weird?

Pavillon de la Faune is pretty nice.  Probably not my best recommendation but it has a very friendly staff and hey, if you want to play with deers and bunnies, farm animals and hold a baby fox, I’d say its a cool place.  It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it was informative and I had fun 🙂 Some of the stories of the animals were pretty sad but at least this is a new home for them despite their mishaps.

Do you have observation centres or wildlife preservation areas or zoos where you are? Any that you’d recommend as a must-see if say, I were to travel there?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

We have learned on Friday (and many times before that) and reminded very often that life is delicate and fragile.  We must take measures to take care of those around us.  We strive to conserve the flora and fauna around us by setting reserves, national parks and conservatories.

In 2011, I went to Niagara Falls with my boyfriend and there you can find the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory (I attached the link, just click on it and it’ll bring you to the website for those interested).  It was the most beautiful experience.  You have 2000+ butterflies fluttering all around you.  It is their man-made habitat to conserve them from the dangers that exist outside.  They are in all sorts of colours. You can spend hours standing and watching and taking pictures of them feeding, taking off, landing, etc.  However, even in a conservatory, we had to be careful to not move too quick and hurt them.  Even with all these measures, there were some that still had little injuries on their wings…So prove that, life is definitely delicate, especially with these little beautiful butterflies…

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This butterfly did land on me.  I had the opportunity of having 3 land on me during my entire stay and I was so nervous to hurt them. So I stood around until they fluttered off or when I moved, I did it even more slowly.

Life is delicate, isn’t it?