A Day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Part 2
I slept a little better the second night, since I got to sleep in the bed instead of the rock-hard floor (there were five of us and only two queen-size beds). The only disadvantage was that I had to sleep with Punky, which meant that I would get kicked in the head, back and side frequently during the night.
To save money, we avoided room service for breakfast and ate at a nearby deli. As usual, Punky ate very little but Russell seemed to be his normal, hungry self. Then we headed back to the Aquarium to check out the larger displays along with those we missed yesterday. Again, Russell was more interested in the Aquarium than Punky, although the birds (especially the ducks) in the Coastal Aviary did capture his attention.
The highlight of the visit on this trip was clearly the jellyfish section, which contained many interesting types of jellyfish that none of us had ever seen before. The pictures below don't do them justice. We all agreed that our visit to Aquarium definitely worthwhile, and that we would return again in two years.
The final part of our trip was a drive down Highway 1 towards Big Sur. Along the way, I picked up some hot dogs, Chicken McNuggets and salad for our lunch. The ride was very scenic, but we could not find a safe vantage point for everyone to view the ocean, and so we turned back after driving about 50 minutes. We only stopped once briefly on the side of the road to take a picture. On the way back, Russell said "I want to go potty", so we stopped on the side of the road and let him do his business (sorry, no pictures).
The ride back was long and uneventful. We dropped off Jenny's mom in San Jose, made a quick pit stop, and then headed north for a Chinese take-out dinner at home.
Punky reacts to seeing the duck take off
A duck takes off at the Coastal Aviary
Russell spies on some jellyfish
These jellyfish look like Murano glass paperweights
More amazing jellyfish
Russell and Punky at the wave-generating tank
The view of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur