Yesterday morning we drove around Larry's haunts in Palo Alto, ending up at a beautiful state park high up on a hillside. With an IBM plant at the top. *grin* From there, we headed across the mountains and down into Santa Cruz, and then to Capitola for lunch.
Walked over the wharf, admiring the huge grey swells breaking on the beach, and ate a nice lunch at The Wharf Restaurant. Said our goodbyes, and we headed to Monterey. I enjoyed driving through the farmland in the valleys, seeing fields of artichiokes and newly planted lettuce.
We shelved our initial plans on going to the Monarch reserve in Pacific Grove and Point Lobos, and headed to the Aquarium. What a fabulous place! I had thought the Boston one was good, but this was far and away stronger in both what they dieplayed and how everything was presented. The exhibits geared toward young kids were astonishing--so much to touch, play with and explore.
I particularly loved the Jellyfish area, with bright blue tanks showcasing the jellyfish like moving jewels. There will be an exhibit on seahorses and seadragons in the Spring, which shuld be awesome. Look at these guys--
After we'd been "fished out" (Dan asked "am I a bad person because I really, really want sushi now?") we drove around Pacific Grove a bit, admiring the adorable victorian cottages and lovely beach. We rested up a bit at our hotel (comfortable, not fancy, and the best deal in Carmel at $99 for a double right downtown) and walked over to Cantinetta Luca for dinner. Excellent meal, and I am a happy girl with spaghetti with crab. Excellent pizzas, too.