Last week, my mom suggested that my sister and I should help clean up the house and get our homework done. My sister and I weren’t very happy about it. Then my mom said she had a surprise for us, but didn’t give us any hints. That gave my sister and I lots of motivation and my mom sent us to our room. I had no idea my brother was coming to visit, I was oblivious! When we were done with our homework, my mom said “Are you ready?” while holding the front door knob. Thea (My sister) and I were bursting with anticipation! It opened to a tall guy, bags in hand, smiling brightly and Thea and I yelled “Andrew” (Our brothers name). Thea started sprinting like an Olympic runner and two seconds later I started running and I jumped into his arms, it was a long time since I had seen my brother since he lives 3,064 miles away in Seattle.
Manatee Viewing: We went to a manatee viewing spot close to an energy factory, the manatees live in warm water, so during the winter, they swim over to the TECO Energy plant for warmth. At the entrance you can see at least 5 manatees (Plastic manatees) near the snow cone stand. The snow cone stand had big and small snow cones with lots of flavors and colors, which caught my attention. I wanted a snow cone, but I never ended up buying myself one because I wanted to save my money. On a dock we could see over twenty manatees swimming and eating, then I noticed one manatee had a tag on him and another was eating algae that was on it! It was extremely cute!
Fort De Soto Beach: We went to Fort De Soto beach with our brother and aunt and uncle who were visiting for a couple of days. I ran to the water and hopped in it, but the water was freezing and I felt I was going to get frost bite! We went on the pier that was close by, we saw multiple people catching fish and one guy had a whole cooler full of fish!
Fort De Soto fort: Next to Fort De Soto beach, there is a historic fort that has old buildings, including little dungeons with bars for windows, just like a prison! I would go in the “mini prison” and shake the bars. We walked around, but I didn’t really enjoy reading in the history room, because I’m not a fan of reading. Andrew carried me most of the way and I thanked him afterwards.
Downtown: We went to downtown Saint Petersburg with my grandpa and Andrew. We walked around for a while, passing through a huge park with a lake in the middle. Around that time I had to go to the bathroom. There were no spots close by that we could see, so Andrew had to look up some restrooms nearby on his phone and we had to go to a sushi restaurant. We ending up eating two large boats including 15 varieties of maki. It was so scrumptious and so much fun!
Aquarium at Tarpon Springs: We went to Tarpon Springs and ate lots of Greek food and went to an aquarium. The aquarium had snakes (oddly), crabs, fish, sharks, manta rays and stingrays. We saw two presentations about the snakes and the sharks, then we went to the shark feeding area where Thea and I could feed nurse sharks shrimp. In the same room we also fed manta rays and stingrays, I liked the manta rays more than the stingrays because I think the manta rays look more friendly. There was a playground called Puffy’s Playground where Thea and I played make-believe mice.
My favorite part about my brother’s visit was the aquarium, because I loved feeding the animals and playing at Puffy’s Playground.