Thanksgiving Trip 2012- Part 1- Thanksgiving Day

I’m aware of the fact that I’m about 5 months late with this, but you aren’t surprised are you?

We started off driving down Thanksgiving Day morning, and stopped off at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It’s been our tradition for a long time, and I absolutely love being there.

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Highway 1 driving along the Pacific Coast.  The thing I miss most about living in the Bay Area.Untitled

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We got to the Aquarium around noon, and the weather was unusually warm.  We’re used to 40 degree weather during this time of year which I missed but I’m not complaining!Untitled

We started off as usual in The Open Sea area, which is my favorite.Untitled

You first come upon the jelly fish exhibit.  They are so beautiful and graceful looking.Untitled

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Up next in the Open Sea is this gigantic fish tank with a lot of different kinds of fish, as well as small sharks, and pictured here, a couple of Sea Turtles.Untitled

There was a much smaller tank nearby with some tropical looking fish.Untitled

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Up next in the Open Sea area is the Seahorses Exhibit.  It’s amazing how many different types of seahorses there are.Untitled

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This is, in fact, a seahorse you are looking at.Untitled

 This teeny tiny seahorse was about the size of my pinky nail…Untitled

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Then we went outside to take a look at the bay.Untitled

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Up next was a temporary Jelly Fish exhibit with other kinds of jelly fish not normally shown at the aquarium.  The music in this area had a 60s acid trip Jimmy Hendrix sort of vibe to it.Untitled

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Nick attempting to have his picture taken…  Didn’t work out…Untitled

 Once we were done in the Open Sea area, we headed across the bridge to the other side of the aquarium where the rest of the exhibits are.Untitled

You can see into the main gift shop while  you’re on the bridge.

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This is their largest tank I believe and it’s called the Kelp Forest.Untitled

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Nearby are the penguins.
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Then we went to the Coral Reef area which is always filled with children.  This is after all, where you can find Nemo and Dory.

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Nearby is the aviary exhibit, which is sort of an indoor/outdoor area.  There are open windows for fresh air for the birds.

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Outside you can see a small cove where, in certain seasons, you can go snorkeling and look at different fish.

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After the aquarium, we headed off to the inn and got ready for Thanksgiving dinner at Fandango in Pacific Grove.

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Forgot to take pictures of the food but it was a typical Thanksgiving dinner, so use your imagination. 🙂 Okay that’s it for Thanksgiving day in Carmel, I will try my best to get the rest of the trip out as soon as I can.

About Shannon

I'm a 30 something Disney Addict, Healthy Living enthusiast finding my way in California's capital.
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