We love the Aquarium. We love it so much we would actually venture into the second most dangerous city in the country. Camden, New Jersey is home to some of the worst violence in the United Staes. Driving through that city, you make sure that you lock your doors tight. I remember one night after a concert on the waterfront, taking a wrong turn and the street I ended up on looked like it could have been plucked out of South Central or anywhere in East New York. It was pretty terrifying, but I made it out alive.
Once you get yourself through the city and to the banks of the Delaware River though it's a different story. The Adventure Aquarium is one of the nicest aquariums that we have been to. It's a shame that it's tucked into such a crappy town.* My boys love going there and were so excited for two reasons: first, they have a giant alligator which is one of the largest in captivity, and second, the hippos.
Carter became fascinated with the hippos after his first visit. When he learned that the hippos make poop in the water and that the fish then go and eat it, he thought it was the funniest thing, and he was hooked. For some strange reason doody is something that amazes him. On a trip to France he didn't care about the knights and the castles, all he was concerned about was where the king sat on the throne, if you get my drift. So after a quick walk through the rest of the aquarium the boys came to their favorite destination, the hippo pool. The water is filthy (fully of hippo poop) and it stinks. But the boys love it! I hope you enjoy this weeks Wednesday's Window.
They do have other amazing things there, like tanks full of sharks and sting rays. Their collection of penguins is one of the finest I have ever seen. My boys though just can't get enough of those hippos. If we have to put up with a little poop to get them to learn about marine life, oh well. Their could be worse things in life, like living in Camden.*
*This is not to slight the fine people of Camden, it's a nice place to visit (at least the aquarium) but I wouldn't want to live there