We arrived at
Point Inn in Pacific Grove around 2:00 p m. After
we checked in we broke out the bikes. The ride
along the bike trail from Pacific Grove to Monterey is probably
our favorite. There are lots of photo opportunities
and the scenery is world class. Fisherman's Wharf
in Monterey is a great place to explore. shop and boat watch.
There was a street market going on in Old Town and ice
skating on the plaza.
We decided to eat dinner at the 17th
Street Grille on Lighthouse Ave in Pacific Grove.
The Christmas decorations were very lovely in
Carmel-by-the-sea as was the window shopping. The
library was still open and Linda had to visit. What a great
old building, very friendly and inviting.
wedding anniversary is today. Since the Aquarium didn't
open until 10:00 am, we drove south to Asilomar to walk on
the beach. We rode the bikes to the Aquarium so
that we didn't have to worry about parking. It's
about a ten minute ride from our hotel.
to take a behind-the-scenes tour that included many
interesting facts. The facility draws in sea water through
the old fish hoppers that the sardine fishermen used to
deliver fish to the canneries. These pipes are
cleaned by flushing them with fresh water to kill the salt
water organisms that cling to the walls and by sending a
"pig" through at high pressure. The pigs look like
big bullets. We got to feed krill to the denizens
of the kelp tank and meet an albatross on her was to her
daily swimming session.
The lovely jellies were
very relaxing to watch as were the giant tanks with their
schools of gleaming silver fish flashing past. We
ate lunch at the cafe and continued to roam the beautifully
designed facility checking out the river otters and penguins.
We headed back to the hotel for a short rest and returned to
Cannery Row in the car to choose a spot for our anniversary
dinner. The Fish Hopper won and we had a lovely
time at our waterfront/fireside table enjoying the seafood
out of the Inn and had breakfast at the Victorian House up
the hill. A last stop at the wharves for boat watching
rounded our our trip. On the commercial wharf we
watched several boxes of what looked like red snapper being
dumped into the bay. The pelicans and gulls were
having a feast but we wondered if there couldn't have been a better
use for those fish.
Back tracking home, we stopped
at Casa de Fruta but neither of us were hungry for lunch so
we bought snacks and headed out. We stopped by the
stable to see the horses on our way home.
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