Today’s blog post is a special thank you to all of those that make things happen behind the scenes! Often times, these poor souls are forgotten as we go about enjoying ourselves. On an unfortunate day, you can hear someone grumbling at them, “I don’t want to!” or “do I have too?” and making these poor people’s job more difficult and yet they smile and just continue on! That’s because they are a part of a team, where everyone’s job is so important and is a part of the grand scheme of things, to make your visit a success!
Clearwater Aquarium Marine
A while back, we visited the Clearwater Aquarium Marine. They employ hundreds, if not thousands of workers. I cannot tell you, how many people it took just to corral us through the ticket booths and into the front door! Not to mention, the untold many that were behind the scenes feeding and caring for the animals, those that were driving trolleys or taking photographs (and the list goes on!). This is an amazing non-profit organization that is working to preserve our marine environment and at the same time educate the public.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment. We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life. Everyone here plays an integral role in working toward the accomplishment of our mission.
Bailey took our photographs as we entered the Clearwater Maine Museum. Bailey is from Ohio and attends college here. She wants to be a biology teacher (She sure is in the right place for an awesome internship, talk about getting your foot in the door)! She was a little surprised when I ask her to take a selfie with me! But, I think it is important to recognize her contribution to the overall success of our visit!
Denise has the amazing ability to know someone for less than a minute and being able to have that person tell their whole life’s story! LOL, I must admit, it comes in handy and makes for some very interesting conversations.
This is Wil
Yes, Wil with one “L.” He greeted us with a smile at Chick-fil-A and took our order. He also hails from Ohio (small world) and is here on a summer mission, staying at Eckard College and working at the Chick-fil-A on St. Pete Beach.
Wil and I enjoyed some delightful banter that started at the counter and continued at our table when he came over to make sure we were happy with our meal and service. Wil is a delightful young man and I’m sure that Chick-fil-a is proud to have him as a part of their team. Stop by and tell him we said hello if you are in the neighborhood!
Parasailing at the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort!
Yes, I couldn’t believe my ears when Denise said that she wanted to parasail! Denise is a bit on the mild side and does her best, to leave the extreme to the adrenaline junkies! So, when she said that this is something she wanted to do, I jumped “on board!” LOL
Meet Captain Adam and his first mate Devon
This was an awesome experience, and a story for another day (stay tuned for more photos!). Captain Adam and his first mate Devon, from Suncoast Water Sports, made this excursion, super simple, fun and very enjoyable! For those of you who might be apprehensive about this excursion, rest assured that you are in good hands with these two!
These were only a few of the kind souls that we me at the Clearwater Aquarium Marine, Chick-fil-A, Suncoast Watersports and at the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort on St. Pete Beach. There are countless other employees, some of whom you may see and others who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make your vacation a success.
Please, be sure to say “thank you” and share your smile with them!
Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered. Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others! Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!