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Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:34 pm
by Philrad71
Hey everyone!

It's been a long time since I have done a trip report for TPR. Largely because I am getting older and lazier, but work has been very busy and times have been crazy for the past year and a half.

As some of you might know, my partner Michael was diagnosed with bile duct cancer last summer and spent a horrific six months in various hospitals recovering from the Whipple procedure that they performed in Buffalo to try and remove it. He almost bled out three times before the surgeons were able to bring him back.

It's events like this that can really throw a hefty dose of reality in your face. It really does make you appreciate everything that you have and everything that you can do during a time like that. Not sure what I would have done without family and friends during that mind-altering six months of pure hell.

Long story short, he survived and after an extensive amount of rehab, we were finally able to take our first journey to Florida for a well-deserved vacation!

I thought that I would share our journey with my fine friends at TPR...so let's get right to it!

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:04 pm
by bert425
Philrad71 wrote:Hey everyone!

It's been a long time since I have done a trip report for TPR. Largely because I am getting older and lazier,



hey!

I'm six years older than you. . that ain't an excuse :p


(now. . back to reading your actual trip report. . LOL)

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:08 pm
by bert425
yeah, the Georgia Aquarium is awesome. . tho I die a bit inside every time I see that "ATT presents: Dolphin coast"

Did you get a chance to eat there? the food court, tho expensive, is pretty good.

and I love the educational shows they put on there (tho the actual dolphin show, and the 4D film sections are just tourist traps, I think).

My favorite part is the giant wall into the whale shark aquarium. (surprised to not see a pic of you/Michael in front of it.. . ?).

glad you had a good time tho, and can't wait to see the rest of the trip!

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:28 am
by Philrad71
Thanks Bert - and you're right...my age shouldn't be an excuse to be lazy with my trip reports! ;)

We actually didn't eat or do any of the add-on exhibits. The lady at the AT& T Dolphin Coast (are dolphins now part of the 4G network? :lol: ) was ushering us in and told us that the show started in 5 minutes and when we got to the entrance, they said that we were too late. No biggie though as we were getting pressed for time and needed to hit the road anyway. We did catch the sea lion show, which was very good.

I was equally impressed with the robot security guards that they had wandering around in their parking lot as I was with the aquarium! lol

We did buy the photo package, but I will have to get those all scanned and uploaded...thanks for the reminder as I forgot that we had bought those!

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:35 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Glad to hear your partner got well! =) And Georgia Aquarium is one of those aquariums I would love to visit someday. Especially for the whale shark! :lover:

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:54 am
by Philrad71
^ Thanks a lot!

Yes, we would highly encourage a visit - it's not cheap as far as aquariums go, but if you can pre-buy from their website or Tickets At Work (Club TPR), you can get some decent deals.

The tank with the whale shark is a walk-through, or they have a moving platform that you can walk on. I believe that they mentioned it being the largest salt water tank in the US (if not the world).

They also talked about how they specifically feed the fish differently and at different times so none of them will eat each other! Whale sharks typically eat plankton and small stuff, but I wanted to think that they had a couple of other shark species in there with the whale sharks, rays and other fish.

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:48 am
by bert425
Philrad71 wrote:^ Thanks a lot!

Yes, we would highly encourage a visit - it's not cheap as far as aquariums go, but if you can pre-buy from their website or Tickets At Work (Club TPR), you can get some decent deals.

The tank with the whale shark is a walk-through, or they have a moving platform that you can walk on. I believe that they mentioned it being the largest salt water tank in the US (if not the world).

They also talked about how they specifically feed the fish differently and at different times so none of them will eat each other! Whale sharks typically eat plankton and small stuff, but I wanted to think that they had a couple of other shark species in there with the whale sharks, rays and other fish.


do they still have 4?

I know one of the Belugas died since I was last there (in 2016), but I think they still have 4 whale sharks in that tank.

I'll likely go back in 2019, since skipping Dragon*con this year to do another trip instead.

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:21 am
by Philrad71
^ I think I recall seeing at least three whale sharks and two Beluga whales, maybe?

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:28 pm
by Nrthwnd
Great TR so far, Phil. I find aquariums so nice and calming to walk through. At least, most of the ones I've been in.
This one looks especially nice. Thanks for taking the time to photograph most (if not all) of it.

And whale sharks are very cool. :)

And, you guys have a ....

Re: Photo TR for TPR by PGR

PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:29 pm
by Philrad71
^ Thanks Bill...Happy New Year!

Hope to get BGT up this week, but work will likely dictate that!