My Material Life

Marvelous Monterey Bay

We recently spent a night in Monterey.  It’s not that far from where we live, but it feels like it could be.  Even a short trip there feels like a real vacation.  If you go, you have to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and see all the fun (sea otters) and beautiful (sea horses, jelly fish) and awesome things there.  I actually have a knitting project in mind based on some odd sea creature I found there a couple of years ago.

We visited the aquarium again on this trip, but this time Samantha participated in their Underwater Explorers program for kids ages 8 – 13.  The kids had a brief lesson in SCUBA, donned their dry suits and apparatus and followed their guide (3 kids per guide) into the aquarium’s Great Tide Pool to look for sea creatures.  After the dive (the whole program takes 90 minutes), the kids were invited to claim a free hot cocoa in the aquarium cafe which was a nice touch.

It was certainly fun to watch the tide pool proceedings from above, but I think Samantha found all the equipment a bit cumbersome.  Over her hot chocolate, she informed me that she would not recommend it for me.  I didn’t tell her that if I had ever entertained any thought of SCUBA for myself, it was entirely quashed after I unintentionally watched the movie Open Water.

The next day we rented a surrey bike from Bay Bikes and pedaled down the paved trail from Cannery Row to a long-time favorite spot of mine, Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.  See the swan boat?  From the 1890s to the mid 1970s, you could take out a glass bottom swan boat from Lover’s Point.  How cool would that have been?  At least you can still take a glass bottom boat ride from the Monterey wharf.  A tour on the Little Mermaid, the glass bottom boat you can see in this photo that I shot from our hotel, is something we have yet to do.

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