Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Winter the Dolphin & Clearwater Beach

The movie "The Dolphin Tale" was about a dolphin who was caught in a net, lost it's tail and had a prosthetic device made so that she could swim again.  She resides at Clearwater Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida.  That was our journey for Tuesday.  We had gone there with the grandchildren  (Quinn and Paris) once before, about 6 or 7 years ago.  At that time, before the movie made this place a "travel destination", it cost something like $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids.  Now, due to the movie and the notoriety of Winter the dolphin, the admission is $19.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids.  Pretty much the same old place, same old tired programs, except not you get to see Winter swim with the prosthetic. They use to say the Florida ripoff was buying swap land, but now it is the Clearwater Aquarium.  But, as the grandchildren said, "We cried throughout the whole movie, and Grampy, we just got to see Winter."  So we went. After that we went to Clearwater Beach for a nice, warm swim and then on to Frenchy's on the Beach for seafood. (chicken fingers for Paris)  We had a good day.

Paris, Grammy, & Quinn in the warm waters at Clearwater Beach
Paris and Grammy relaxing
The swimmer heads out to the sand bar
The gang at Frenchy's patio

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