Today I’m letting my mom take over the blog. She’s recalling an incident that happened on a trip back in 1983. We traveled to the Badlands of South Dakota where we saw Mount Rushmore, Reptile Gardens and evidently it was also the same time as Sturgis……which my parents didn’t know….so we saw many bikers too. Mommy Dearest take it away!
Len, Carrie and I went to the Marine Life Aquarium in Rapid City, SD on about the 3rd morning of our vacation. The tour took us outside to a fenced in area where there were lots of seals in a large pool. We could see the trainers feeding the seals fish and watch the goofy seals as they swam around and did their tricks. They would even come right up to the chain link fence, the only thing that separated the seals from the crowd. Of course, we were always warned not to stick our hands or fingers into the fence because the seals would think we would be offering them a treat.
Carrie and I were standing close to the fence in one area, watching the seals but jumping back when they came slamming into the fence for a treat. It was fascinating to watch the seals do their tricks and it was so easy to get lost in all the activity going on. I heard this little voice below me saying, “Mommy, my shoe is stuck”. I looked down and saw that Carrie had worked her shoe under the chain link fence and couldn’t get it out so I knelt down and started working to get the shoe out of the fence. I looked up and way across the pool area, I locked eyes with one particular seal who was staring at the activity going on with Carrie. I knew instantly that seal was going to jump into the pool and quickly swim across the pool and crash into the fence in hopes that there was a fish treat…and that’s exactly what happened.
In the blink of an eye, that seal jumped into the pool and with record strength, came swimming across the pool. I was pulling on the shoe trying to get it out, but it just wouldn’t come loose. Then just as the seal started sliding across the cement into the fence I worked Carrie’s shoe out. Carrie was climbing up me like a cat climbing a tree to get away from that seal. People around us started laughing because they had seen that seal was on a mission to get the treat, even though it was a little bitty foot. Carrie never whimpered or cried but I still think she might have wet her pants a bit.