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... includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of very few in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin tuna. For displaying jellyfish, it uses a Kreisel tank, which creates a circular flow to support and suspend the jellies. The aquarium also houses otters. It was all pretty amazing, but ...
... view over the countryside, with pumpkin fields etc . This valley is on the San Andreas fault line and the Mission was damaged in the 1906 earthquake. There was also a sign for El Camino Real - the original road taken by the Missionaries. We then set off for Carmel passing Castroville, self designated " Artichoke Capital of the World". A Blackpool like seaside town, Carmel is not! We were too early to check in so walked ...
... workers, and became the setting for one of John Steinbeck's most colourful novels, Cannery Row. The nearby Spirit of Steinbeck Monterey Wax Museum recreates scenes from California's past, including scenes from Steinbeck's novels. I am now the proud possessor of a copy of 'Cannery Row' which I bought at the aquarium, the obvious place to buy books. The Aquarium came highly recommended, so it was out major excitement of the day. The entrance fee of $40 per person ...
... at least he is honest.
We stop at a small stall that sells all sorts of fast food and start chatting to the operator..times are hard in America and a lot of people work two jobs. This chap works here after his regular job (which took a long time to get in the first place) for extra cash. He is good to talk to and it gives us an insight into America 2013.
Back to our glorious accommodation for the last night.
... in the Canyon Village for a couple of nights and what we discovered was a center parcs type arrangement, albeit spread a bit further apart and with the Grand frigging Canyon in it. If I could just stop calling it the Grand National I'd be doing ok. We did the things you'd expect there and travelled around as much of the south rim as possible. It's an amazing site, and it just doesn't seen real when you're there. It looks like a movie back drop. There are lots ...
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