Over the long weekend, we trekked five hours up the coast of California to the seaside town of Monterey. We met up with Irving’s mom and grandmother while we were there. It was three days of fish, ocean, family and relaxation. We had a lot of fun.
First up on our list of things to do was of course the Monterey Aquarium. It’s a must see, we spent ALL day there.
We knew Adele would like it, but we had no idea she would LOVE it. She had her face plastered to the tanks, we had to peel her away to move on to the next one.
Her silhouette pigtails are the CUTEST!
Hey fishie! Come here!
We briefly let her play in the touch pool, but she was more interested in watching than touching.
The aquarium is right on the bay, so you can go outside and catch a glimpse at the wildlife out there as well. She was mesmerized by the waves. She kept saying “Water! Water! Water!”
But we eventually made it back inside to watch the Penguins!
This was a ‘beach’ exhibit with lots of birds on the sand. She really liked this one.
Once it was apparent it was nap time for the little (and lunchtime for the adults), we headed back to our hotel. (Shoes not required…the shoes and socks came off one by one on the ride back to the car!)
Adele took a nice nap and Irving, Nini and I snuck off for a nice lunch at the Black Bear Diner. (Thanks for babysitting Adele, Julie!) When she woke up, she was in a great mood, so we headed back to the Aquarium to take fully advantage of our tickets!
First stop was a visit back to see the waves!
Outside, they have an exhibit where you can stand under a glass wall and a wave will ‘crash’ over you. You never get wet of course, but Adele thought it was HILARIOUS. She got scared and then giggled. Over and over.
Back inside, we checked out the Jellyfish exhibits. I remembered these from when I first visited here in 2002(?)
You could even make a drawing and it would ‘swim away’ like a Jellyfish would. Irving’s quite the artist!
We spent the rest of our time there in the toddler playground area. They had a slide and bouncy things to climb on. And also a fish tank tunnel with little Nemos!
That night, we all went for Chinese Food (really really good Chinese food!) and then called it a night. We were all pretty tired. It was a full, wonderful day.
Stay tuned for more photos of the rest of our weekend!