Sunday, March 23, 2008

A Day in Monterey

When I woke up this morning I had a few ideas of where I would like to spend some quiet time. Since I love the ocean and still had a mad craving for caramel apples, I narrowed my choices down to two: Santa Cruz or Monterey. I chose the latter, as I figured the Boardwalk would be full of people on spring break.

A pirate greeter on Cannery Row.

One of the many exhibits.

The Ocean's Edge area

One of the large tanks.

Not a great photo, but you can just make out a ray in this tank.

Peeking in an interactive exhibit.

Some decorative elements.

Big fish.

Ocean traveler's exhibit.

A Califia-sized entryway.

More fun props.

Upstairs there is a hands-on area for kids to explore and learn more about ocean mammals. In the corner is a place where one can make a crayon rubbing from plates of different marine mammals.

Getting some fresh ocean air on the upstairs deck.

While looking in the water I saw a family of otters frolicking, enjoying the sunshine.

It was a warm, sunny day with just a gentle breeze and not a cloud in the sky.

Getting a closer look at sea life.

The "new" Splash Zone, which is pretty much the "old" Splash Zone.

Is that Gil from "Finding Nemo?"

A giant shell, a great photo opportunity.

Cute penguins.

The gift shop in the background.

The Kelp Forest.

A tank of small mollusks.

Observing shore birds in the Aviary.

A Dwarf Perch.

Taking another fresh air break on one of the decks.

A bronze statue of an otter.

Another otter statue in the "Wild About Otters" exhibit.

My day at the aquarium was enjoyable. I blew through there and saw all I wanted to see in a short time. I had to refuel at the Starbucks in Cannery Row before heading to Fisherman's Wharf.

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