Monterey Bay Aquarium

After Fanime/LineCon, Ezra and I thought it would be fun to drop by Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It’s a little out of the way but it was only a one and a half hour drive away from Mama Darling’s apartment.  Kurt had never been there before and he’s always up for spending more quality time with Ezra so he agreed to drive us. Ezra and I have actually been to Monterey Bay Aquarium before, back in 2006 with our family.  But back then we arrived in the late afternoon and we only had about two hours to look around before they had to close for the day.  This time we wanted to go early so we could take our time and enjoy ourselves.

The aquarium parking was full when we arrived, so we ended up having to park about a mile away and walk back.  But the weather was quite nice and we had this lovely view to enjoy during our walk to the aquarium.

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There’s the aquarium~

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We found this long line when we got there.  We looked at each other with fear in our eyes when we saw it because we all got flashbacks of the 6-hour line we were in the day before.  Luckily this one moved fairly quickly.  We made it inside in about 10 minutes.

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Tickets cost around $35 dollars.  (Students, senior citizens and children under 12 get a discount)
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 Getting our hands stamped

After this we just walked around and enjoyed the sights.  The park offered shows and free documentaries, but we were more interested in seeing the sea creatures.

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There were lots of people since it was still Memorial Day weekend.  When we went here back in 2006 we practically had the place to ourselves

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One of the aquarium’s many touch pools

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What am I up to?  Oh, nothing new, just petting my starfish 😄

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 Mama Darling came with us since she wanted to visit her relatives in L.A.

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Ezra grabbing a fluffy eelIMG_9547

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We had lunch at the restaurant there.  The place was packed but Ezra managed to get us good seats near the window.  They had binoculars there available for public use.

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 After lunch, we decided to head over to see the jellyfish exhibit

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This was what we were most excited about

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The lighting in this area was very funky and psychedelic.  I loved it!
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See what I mean?

They also had some mirrors in there.  That plus the crazy lighting made it seem like we were in a house of mirrors.  Ezra got turned around once and actually slammed into one of the walls.  Luckily there was no one around to witness her moment of awkwardness.
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 We always love seeing jellyfish in aquariums.  They’re so majestic and beautiful.

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Though I wouldn’t want to come across these guys while I’m swimming in the ocean

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These things were huge!  For reference, that little black blob there in the lower right corner is actually someone’s head.

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On the other hand, these things were tiny
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They looked like little dust particles in the water

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 So pretty~

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 These guys look like aliens from outerspace

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I especially loved these translucent jellies

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 Don’t they just look so magical?

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 Ohai Kurt!

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LOL Ezra

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That glowing white thing on Kurt’s face is his nose pressed against the glass
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Glowing jellies

After this we went to the seahorse exhibit
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I love this gate!

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And this lamp thing

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Tiny little seahorse

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It was only as big as my nail

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Leafy seadragon in camouflage~

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They had this glass dome thing where you can stand and pretend that you’re inside a wave

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Sand dollars

We spent our entire afternoon just looking at the different sea creatures.  It sounds a little uneventful but we really enjoyed ourselves.  It was a nice, relaxing afternoon compared to the one we had the day before.  The aquarium closes at 5pm so at around 4:30 we went to the gift shop to look for pasalubong for my parents.

Outside, we took a few pictures with the sign in front before starting our walk back to the car

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Once again, enjoyed the lovely view and the refreshing breezeIMG_9942

Wait, what are those lumpy things on the shore?

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Are those rocks? They look awfully fuzzy…

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They’re seals!!  And there must have been at least a hundred of them napping there.

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Once we reached the car, we started our long drive back to LA.  Once again, Ezra and I took turns staying awake to keep Kurt entertained.  We made a few pit stops along the way and grabbed dinner at a Panda Express we saw from the highway.  We made it to Ninang house just a little before midnight 🙂

Of course our adventure wouldn’t be complete without a video from Kurt.  A lot of my pictures came out blurry because it was dark inside the aquarium, but he was able to get some great footage.

My favorite part would definitely have to be around the 3:30 mark.  I just think it looks so magical and futuristic 😀  And it’s also my favorite part of the song too.  (There’s a short bonus clip of me torturing Ezra after the credits, so watch out for that XD)

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