Monterey Aquarium & Monty

Trip Start Jun 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 07, 2008

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Vroom vroom over the american highways...

We arrived in Monterey too early to check into our hotel. We had an hour or two to kill before meeting up with Jennifer so we decided to grab an early lunch. We ended up at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co... Yup, they have actually made a whole restaurant chain based on the Forrest Gump movie! Complete with 'Run, Forrest, Run!' signs, and a bench outside where you could try out that famous 'Life is like a box of chocolates'-scene...

We tried having a look around town as well, but we couldn't get any good pictures of the seaside as the entire place was slightly foggy... or so we thought... We found out that it was actually smoke from the many wild fires in California at the moment.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is known for its sea otters, which are native to the area around Monterey. They are rather impossible to take pictures of since they are behind glass and they move amazingly fast. I'm afraid you'll have to settle for a picture of Trude and her new friend Monty :-) We did manage to take quite a few colourful pictures of other parts of the aquarium though, which you'll find below.

P.S. See?! Pictures of us both! (Courtesy of Frank and his camera) (Martijn objects to the one of him, but he will just have to take it like a man, because... well... you know... life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get...And this time he was asked to pose looking ridiculous...)

P.P.S. How sad is it that Martijn's real shoes are as big as the fake shoes, which are meant to fit people's feet WEARING shoes?!

Oh... P.P.P.S (heheheheh) Monty is NOT a souvenir for anyone... Monty is Trude's :D (Now to see if she can resist getting more cute stuffed animals for the rest of the trip :P)
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havank on

Hallo the pictures of the aquarium are beatyfull, and I like the bird. glad you showed up in the pictures but where is Frank it would by nice to see him too.

Hee Martijn prachtige reis maken jullie ik geniet echt van je reisverslag aan jou is een schrijver en fotograaf verloren gegaan, Ik wist niet dat je dat zo goed kon. Sorry voor de fouten in mijn engels. Groetjes Mama

johanna52 on

Jan en Johanna.
Hoi Vakantiegangers!!

Zo te lezen gaat het voortreffelijk met jullie!!
Heel veel komt me al bekend voor,al is het inmiddels
30 jaar geleden dat we ongeveer dezelfde tocht gemaakt hebben. San Francisco,geweldig dat niveau-verschil in die straten!! Redwoods,ook zeer indrukwekkend.Stond de grootste 'drive through tree'
er ook nog?? In San Jose hebben wij ook vrienden bezocht!! Toevallig he!! The Golden Gate, ook geweldig!! Ben benieuwd naar de rest van al jullie verhalen.Heeft Trude het niet zo warm als jij??
Op de foto zie ik nog een lekkere warme trui!!
Misschien denkt ze net als opa Bloebaum vroeger:
Wat goed is voor de kou,is ook goed voor de warmte!!
Geniet maar lekker verder en we verwachten natuurlijk nog wat meer foto's waar jullie zelf op staan. Wel zo leuk!!!!!
Heel veel groetjes, ook van Oma.
Jan en Johanna.

bluejeans on

This sounded like a nice relaxing part of the trip - love the tree pics - reminds me that its a shame that moving house meant leaving behind the two redwoods that my parents gave me that had got to be a whole three feet tall in nine years - imagine how old the ones in your pics are !!

bluejeans on

Aquarium again...
oh - forgot to add - sometime if somebody could tell me how you GET shots like that that look like they are underwater in WITH the critters - without getting a nasty blotch of flash reflecting off the glass :) I have a nasty feeling it will go something along the lines of 'a lens that costs silly amounts of money' :(

beestje on

amazing are the colours of the pictures,I like such friend of Trudes Monty can't you send someone over (and some chocolate) than I'm not so lonely ;-)

finraziel on

nice pics
Wow very nice pics :) good to see some of you guys as well ;).
Those sealife pics make me want to go diving again... though obviously not here (the netherlands) since it'd just be brown fish in brown water :S

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