Friday morning started with a hearty brunch — can you call it brunch on a weekday? — of scrambled eggs, strip bacon and peameal, homefries, toasted buttered bagels, with jam, cream cheese or greek yoghurt optional. There was homemade lemon cake — of which I got none! — and the most glorious fruit salad…which I enjoyed thoroughly. And, of course, coffee and orange juice to wash it all down.
Fuelled with a hearty breakfast we pulled ourselves together for the trip to Ripley’s Aquarium. Most of the 20 residents attending took the regular TTC while four of us waited and waited and waited on a Wheel Trans bus. At the end of the compulsory 30 minute No Show we called and asked and they assured us the bus would be along in 10 minutes. In 12 minutes he was out front and the four of us clambered aboard.
It was March break for the public school set. There were more children in one place than I ever remember seeing at one time anywhere. It was crowded but for the most part they, and their parents, were respectful of the old folk riding on the scooter and pushing the walker. The whole thing was amazing but the world’s longest moving sidewalk under a sea filled with barracuda and sharks of all appetites patrolling over head and around you was stunning. Just who was sizing up whom, I had to wonder? There were green sawfish and elegant rays resting on the tempered plastic just a couple of feet over your head.
There was a white grouper so big I thought it was carved in stone…until it moved.
On a glorious multi coloured garden wall of all manner of anenomes I swore I saw wee Nemo darting about. There were all kinds of jellyfish including one called Blue Blubber. In a tank unto themselves were several elegant spiked Lion Fish.
I plunged my hand into the Horseshoe Crab display and stroked the solid exoskeleton as it lumbered by. They are not actually crabs but in a class of their own, closely related to spiders and scorpions. And like lobsters they must shed their shells to grow. One might even say they are “bluebloods!” This curious creature has developed blue blood with remarkable anti bacterial properties. This gift to humanity may endanger them.
And speaking of Lobsters we saw a monster of a brown fellow with HUGE claws lumbering along the perimeter, a Blue Lobster!, and another rosey red or orange like it had already been in the pot.
Our thanks to Chef Michael for the hearty breakfast to fuel the adventure and to Ryan and the Co-op office for the tickets to this most memorable adventure.