Ah, Carmel-By-The-Sea and dogs. Not just Carmel and any old mutts, I'll have you know. It seems like every dog in Carmel is a purebred. Not that there is anything wrong with a purebred dog because there isn't. It's just unusual not to spot even your occasional pitbull. Dogs are everywhere, too, especially at the restaurants where staff bring your dog a bowl of water before taking your own drink order. If I lived in Carmel, I would have a dog, most definitely.
Flowers are ubiquitous in Carmel as well. If you own a home in Carmel, you've probably got a green thumb. In your backyard, you most likely raise orchids. You probably drive an SUV. And you have named your house. Not only does your home have a name but you have engraved that name on a plaque and hung it on your door so you don't have to give out your address to visitors. You have to have some sanity about you or you'd cry knowing you just spent $2 million for a 900-square-foot cottage. Still, I would love to live in Carmel.
The people who put together the Jelly Fish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium obviously had a groovy time. It's so psychedelic. I've never seen so many different types of jelly fish in one place. It was farout, man. I thought Seattle had an edge on the jelly fish exhibition, but their moon jellies pale in comparison to some of the electric and bejeweled types of jellies in Monterey. Jimi Hendrix's got nothing on these folks.
It is very difficult to capture a photo of a jelly fish. Part of the difficulty arises from the fact that they are constantly in motion. Another factor is you are shooting through glass. There is the problem of not enough light. But you also don't want to step on a kid whose nose is pressed to the glass or elbow his dad in the gut who, for reasons I can't explain, is running around the tank following a particular jelly with his cellphone trying to snap a photo. They all pretty much look the same when they are the same type. The jellies, I mean.
Saturday was a perfect day to drive to the Monterey Peninsula. It was a horrible day to find parking because we didn't arrive at Fisherman's Wharf until lunch time. We walked along the wharf to look at the crap they were selling to tourists and admired the boats. The best thing to have in life is a friend with a boat. It beats owning a boat yourself.
The Sardine Factory traces its origins as a restaurant back to 1968. I specifically requested this room with the dome of glass, surrounded by greenery as our dining spot. It's a place every tourist should visit in Monterey. Even though this local on the shuttle bus preferred the Whaling Station. Overall, very warm, friendly and efficient service. OK, I did ask for a Graham's Tawny with dessert and not the 10-year tawny she brought, but that was the only downside. Decent food. Try the abalone bisque.
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