It’s kind of funny how it took us 27 years to get back to the Monterey Peninsula after our 1983 trip (we went this past September) then only six weeks to return again. Some good friends invited us to share their vacation-club condo, and it was well worth the quick return visit!
Our mid-September trip was covered in my October 18 blog (http://schecktrek.blogspot.com/2010/10/monterey-california.html). This will be a review of our early November jaunt.
Sightseeing on this trip included a walkabout in Carmel (with a legal name of Carmel-by-the-Sea, is it any wonder it’s one of the most charming villages in the U.S.?), San Lobos State Natural Reserve, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a short stop at Mission Carmel.
MONTEREY BAY ACQUARIUM
I’m not normally one who wants to spend my travel time looking at things in an “artificial” setting, but I cannot possibly overestimate the appeal of this aquarium. I could have easily spent the whole day there.
Some of the color combinations were amazing. This little fish almost appears to be wearing a crown from the reflection.
The otters were little entertainers who kept all ages amused.
This well-camouflaged fish looked like it was filled with jewels and resting on porcelain flowers. I really hope it was a girl fish because, what a waste on a guy!
I could have stood there for hours just watching the jellies (jellyfish). How do they not become hopelessly tangled?
This jelly reminds me of a dress my daughter had as a baby, but the animal is of course deceptively innocent looking.
Carmel's architecture is a mixture of early California + fairytale.
Carmel is so cultured that even the dogs frequent its art galleries, though I think these two were really just more interested in meeting Uncle Al.
And there were lots of upscale shops, peddling unusual and creative wares
The seas were rough, which made for some interesting photography opportunities. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more tripods in use at one time. That seagull continued to brave one big wave after another.