the california coast and monterey bay aquarium

In case you were wondering where we went last week...Here are a few highlights from our quick 3-day road trip from San Diego to Monterey:

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

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As a belated birthday present, I booked Andrew a Personal Guided Tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Behind the Scenes

Left: Monterey Bay Habitat from above // Right: restaurant-quality fish food

Two interesting facts:

  1. The waiting list to clean the glass in the Habitat tank is 2 years!
  2. The Aquarium is debt-free (thanks to David Packard) and has more than 1500 volunteers. Crazy!

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Behind the Scenes

// the sign explains this one //

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Behind the Scenes

Apparently, many of the corals that are confiscated at Customs end up here!

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Behind the Scenes

// sardines //

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Crown Jellyfish

// Monterey Bay Aquarium is the first to exhibit this beautiful crown jellyfish //

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Sea Nettle

// the most photographed exhibit: the sea nettles //

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Bumper Jellies

// my new favorite: the bumper jellies! //

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Sea Anemone

// an anemone //

The new Jellies Experience at the Aquarium is amazing and we highly recommend it! Thanks to Linda and Diane for our wonderful tour!

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// Point Lobos //

Point Lobos

Point Lobos

Bixby Bridge

Highway 1 Views

Happy Cows

These cows are always a highlight of this trip. I don't care if the ranch hand gives me dirty looks for taking pictures...I LOOOVE them!