Wednesday, August 29, 2007
More of Monterey
We had a fun second day in Monterey. The day started off really cool and foggy, but that was such a welcome change from the heat wave we've been having in the Southland. We started off the day at the Aquarium, where we got to see otters up close, and also the huge 1 million gallon Outer Bay tank with two ginormous sunfish and 300+ pound tunas swimming around. We sat through the feeding frenzy, and I wouldn't want to be in the water with the starving tuna. The cafe in the Aquarium had the best french fries I've had in a long time. Mmmmm. The aquarium was built on the grounds of an old sardine cannery, and they kept an exhibit in the middle of the floor with the old boilers and lots of pictures and a description of the canning process. It was fascinating.
We then proceeded to the Fisherman's Wharf. Every food store was selling clam chowder, each claiming they had the best. We got a clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl from the store that has been winning an award for their clam chowder, and they did have good chowder! We then went on a glass-bottom boat ride (we only looked in the glass bottom for about 5 minutes of the trip), but the rest of the time we looked at otters and sea lions.
My sister and her boyfriend joined us later in the afternoon, and she gave me these cute little Somethings she picked up from etsy.com (they have really neat stuff!), and we had the best dinner at the Sardine Factory (thanks Dad and Elaine!). It was a fantastic day.