Monday, October 21, 2013

California Adventure: Cannery Row

One of my all time favorite authors is John Steinbeck.  I have read many of his books, and love their intriguing stories and the rich Californian history.  He was born in Salinas, CA but Monterey is the location he is mostly associated with.  R's mom was in town this weekend and like most of our family, we have done most of the tourist things here in the city, so we decided Monterey would be a perfect day trip down the coast.  

We spent the afternoon on Cannery Row.  It is mostly waterfront restaurants, art galleries and souvenir shops now, but in the early 20th century was a thriving sardine canning industry and the setting for Steinbeck's novel, Cannery Row
Once we arrived, we headed to the Cannery Row Brewing Company for lunch and a pint (a Halloween-themed Vampire Slayer).  After that, it was off to the main attraction, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  At the end of the street, on the site of a former sardine cannery, the aquarium offers an experience and glimpse at the sea life from both the local, nearby habitats as well as the deep sea.  R and I had been once before, but it was well worth another visit.  We petted starfish, watched the otter feeding and was absolutely entranced by the jellyfish exhibit.  Their glowing bodies against the bright blue water makes you forget all about the crowds of people that visit on a given weekend.

After the aquarium, we went straight to Ghirardelli Chocolates for a decadent drinking chocolate (a tradition when we visit Monterey) to ward off the cold wind and fog.  Enjoying our warm drinks, we climbed around the tide pools in search of more interesting sea creatures before heading back up north. 

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