First item on the agenda upon arrival was lunch! We were looking forward to hitting a familiar place that we'd been to a few times before. It was only just noon, not yet busy, and we were happy to be seated promptly, with enough room to accommodate the stroller, etc. We were in plain view of the hostess station, and the bar, where several waitstaff were milling around, yet after 20 minutes, not one of them came by to even take our drink order. Those of you with babies, toddlers, or young kids in general will know that dining out with them needs to be a prompt and efficient process. We do not have 20 minutes of time to waste waiting for a waitperson to even make their first table-side appearance, while trying to appease our kid by plying him with Cheerios, cheese, and whatever other assorted snacks I luckily stocked for this adventure.
And frankly, in this day and age, where time and money are precious commodities, there's just really no excuse for mediocre, or in this case, crappy service. So we left. But not before I let the hostess know it. :) We ended up at an ok-place---a cafe that had your basic sandwiches, and G seemed perfectly content to scarf down his grilled cheese on lovely artisan bread. That boy was hun-gry.
After lunch we headed to the real reason for going to Boothbay, which was to check out the Maine State Aquarium.This little treasure is tucked away on what's called McKown Point, and was such a beautiful drive to get to. For $5, (little ones are free!) visitors are treated to a one-room aquarium, featuring several large glass tanks that house a variety of aquatic species. In the middle of the room was a large pool that held a touchable 'dogfish shark'. Yep, I said shark. And yeah, I touched that bad boy! They quietly instruct you to use only two fingers and touch only behind the neck,down the back. So noted. He felt like sandpaper!
|Touching sand dollar|
|Really cool jellyfish tank|
|Mama and boo touch starfish plaque|
G did NOT touch the shark, however, he did get to feel a live starfish and sand dollar. There's another long tidal pool touch tank, home to hermit crabs, lobsters (blue ones at that!) multiple starfish, sand dollars, and who knows what other fascinating sea creatures. Terry and I both dipped our hands into the icy pool to reach for things G could touch. He seemed to delight in the rough spiny surface of the starfish, which is in total contrast to the smooth one of a sand dollar. Such a pleasant way to spend a Sunday.
|Examining the big fishies|
|Blue lobster in the touch pool|
When we got home, it was nap time for G, and I grabbed a few more stolen moments to sit in the sun. When he woke up, it was play play play and sure enough, he had his first few moments of free-standing--no coffee table, no couch, no mama! And then he did it--two or three little steps propelled forward before grabbing onto my knee and giggling. It wasn't much, but we'll take it.