San Francisco Day 2 - Monterey and Back

After having lunch in Santa Cruz and nabbing a cool t-shirt from one of the beach stores, we packed up and continued on our journey to Monterey. Once we arrived we parked and went straight to the aquarium, which was the main reason we were there. Although it was a a weekday that aquarium was incredibly crowded with visitors, and for good reason – the aquarium is amazing! The jellyfish exhibit I particularly liked.

Jellies!

Jellies! See this image in full size

I am reminded of Super Metroid...

I am reminded of Super Metroid... See this image in full size

Yikes, that one looks boos

Yikes, that one looks boos See this image in full size

The jellies floated along peacefully, bumping into each other and sometimes looking menacing.

Onlookers at the aquarium

Onlookers at the aquarium See this image in full size

Graceful, upside-down jellyfish

Graceful, upside-down jellyfish See this image in full size

On either side of the building they have huge tanks where you can observe all manner of water life. We stared at all of the commotion for a very long time. Sometimes things stared right back!

A small group of fish at Monterey Aquarium

A small group of fish at Monterey Aquarium See this image in full size

You gotta problem?

You gotta problem? See this image in full size

Inside the artifical surf area

Inside the artifical surf area See this image in full size

After the aquarium we wandered around town a little bit, exploring all of the little stores along their main drag. The city has a lot of history from its canning operations, where the vast majority of sardines in the US were canned along Cannery Row.

The main drag of Monterey

The main drag of Monterey See this image in full size

Restaurant, Monterey

Restaurant, Monterey See this image in full size

Another view of the workshops

Another view of the workshops See this image in full size

I think these are old water towers

I think these are old water towers See this image in full size

After grabbing coffee and meandering until we reached the end of the street, we packed up and headed for the hotel. On the way we planned to stop for some fresh produce for dinner and to find a good spot to watch the sun go down. We found a roadside stand that was offering Avocados for 20 cents apiece and almonds for $3.99 a pound. Sold!

We decided to stop at a place we’d passed by on the way down to watch the sun go down. It was a good choice: on one side we had a green vista with a little lake of water, and on the other we had the Pacific and some steep bluffs. Here is the view looking inland:

The sun kisses the hills

The sun kisses the hills See this image in full size

Clouds approach as the sun starts to set

Clouds approach as the sun starts to set See this image in full size

Gorgeous scenerey abound here

Gorgeous scenerey abound here See this image in full size

Another view of the same vista as the sun goes down

Another view of the same vista as the sun goes down See this image in full size

And the other side:

Bluffs seen from the beach

Bluffs seen from the beach See this image in full size

Looking in the other direction on the beach

Looking in the other direction on the beach See this image in full size

The clouds become more ominous, but there is no threat of rain

The clouds become more ominous, but there is no threat of rain See this image in full size

Driftwood on the beach

Driftwood on the beach See this image in full size

By this point the temperature was dropping, so we were each getting chilly. Added to the drop in temp was a big increase in the wind, which whipped around us with surprising strength. This wasn’t a problem for some people, though: out in the water we could see several kite surfers streaming through the waves. It was pretty impressive to see how fast they could go.

A wind sailer stays out for as long as possible in the high winds

A wind sailer stays out for as long as possible in the high winds See this image in full size

Graffiti adorns the bridge

Graffiti adorns the bridge See this image in full size

Peering under the bridge

Peering under the bridge See this image in full size

Watch out! Walkers.

Watch out! Walkers. See this image in full size

We were happy to have had such a full day full of amazing sights. We drank in the sunset for as long as possible and continued back home, where we collapsed in bed and fell asleep almost immediately.

Looking north as the sun goes down

Looking north as the sun goes down See this image in full size

The moon comes out as the sunrays fade

The moon comes out as the sunrays fade See this image in full size

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