Road Trip Stop #2: Camden Aquarium
After stopping for the night in Cranbury, New Jersey (motto: Farmland, with Random Office Parks in Between!), we wanted something to do in the morning before completing our way to Maryland. I did something I’ve never done before, and picked up a bunch of pamphlets from the tourist pamphlet rack in the hotel lobby (pamphlet rack motto: Come All Ye Tired Rubes Too Stupid to Make a Plan, and Spend Your Dollars with Us!). It was there we learned about the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. I only had to see the part about it being shark-focused to know it was the stop for us. Our GPS really didn’t want us to go to Camden (“Perhaps I can take you over this bridge to Philadelphia?” Luckily the kindly toll taker let us go through without paying and turn around), but we got there relatively easily. What a great stop! Not to sound like I didn’t enjoy the family visit, but I think the aquarium was my favorite part of the whole trip. Also good for puzzling about the kids and their phobias. Eli was totally freaked out about seeing the sharks in the tank, and Henry was all but licking the glass to get closer (though he was very concerned when he saw a diver in with the fish: “He should NOT be in there!”). But when we got to the open “Pet a Shark” tank, Henry totally flipped and almost ran away. We couldn’t convince him that they wouldn’t have an open pit of dangerous sharks and then invite small children to stick their hands in. Eli, meanwhile, announced, “I’m touchin’ a shark” and waltzed over to the side to plunge his hand into the water. I’ve stopped trying to keep track of this stuff.