Another Great Day in Monterey!

Trip Start Apr 30, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2010

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Geoff Gales' Place

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wine and Wildlife!

Once again on Wednesday we slept in, taking advantage of the silence a real house has to offer as opposed to a parking lot. Geoff again rolled in around noon, as Matt and I were finishing breakfast, and had more big plans for us – so many in fact it was difficult to decide what to do. We finally decided that we would head back into Monterey and try to aim for some wine-tasting. Then, Geoff would head back to campus where he had a teacher function at 4 while we went to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, and we would meet back up for dinner afterwards.

Since we were a bit pressed for time (well, we could  have woken up early and biked out to the countryside, but we are also pressed for sleep at this point) we headed to a downtown tasting room instead of the real winery outside the city. Scheid Winery has a slick little tasting room on Cannery Row, so the three of us headed in to try some of California's tasty grape juice.

Friendly Darryl, behind the counter serving the goods, was originally from New Brunswick but had been converted to Californian many years ago. With a sun-browned face and silvery, shaggy hair, he looked pure California and many years younger than the 65 he insisted he was (Geoff never believed him). He chatted amiably and explained the different wines to us as we worked from soft whites to robust reds. Geoff tried a few sips, and peppered Darryl with questions about anything and everything, before he reluctantly left to go to his function. Matt and I stayed and tried a few more. It was $10 for five tastes, which turned into 7 with a couple of free ones thrown in by Darryl "since the bottle’s open".


Clearly, a nice afternoon of wine tasting is best followed up by looking at a lot of aquatic life. We headed to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which was half price for us since Geoff lent us his season’s pass. The Aquarium was stunning. Different sections contain cross sections of marine life from the various parts of the Monterey Bay and beyond, with educational explanations about each species as well as human impact on them over the years and current preservation efforts.

The Seahorse display was fascinating – what weird little creatures – and we were lucky that there was currently a special pink flamingo exhibit.

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