Thursday, May 10, 2012

Monterey Weekend

Boyfriend hasn't come down to Monterey with me for Big Sur since 2009.  Can you believe that?  We made a mini getaway vacation out of the weekend and I'm hoping we can do that every year.  This was my 7th trip down to Monterey since we moved to California.  At first I had a hard time thinking of things to do but we revisited some old favorites and I already have ideas for next year.

After the race we stuffed our faces at Chili's (original, I know) which was right by the hotel.  Boyfriend ran 17+ miles while I was running and barely had enough time to get to the finish to see me. So we were both starving by the time we got back to the hotel and needed food faster than searching for a cool local eatery would have taken.

We then checked into a new hotel with a great location and only emerged later so I could secure this:

Topped with caramel and sea salt.  SEA SALT. The way to my heart is through salt.

And a photo with this:
Who doesn't love a giant sea otter?

The next day we went to the aquarium which we hadn't visited since 2007.  We got to catch the otters at feeding time.  There was a rescued baby otter (the darker-faced one) and his surrogate aquarium mom. It is hard to get photos of the otters.  They move so quickly and you're looking through glass that is constantly being sprayed down with water.  Plus there is a huge crowd around the glass at feeding time.


Flipper-tude


So cute, I die!
The only thing better than bunny butt is otter butt.

I'm also a huge fan of the jellyfish and seahorse displays.  The jellyfish are so peaceful and I'd love to have a jellyfish tank of my own.  The seahorses are just so bizarre and beautiful all at once.








Boyfriend found a restaurant he wanted to visit out in Moss Landing.  They're famous for their cioppino, but I opted for some pasta.

Y.U.M.

All in all it was a fun quick getaway and one of the reasons I love doing the Big Sur Marathon every year.


I thought this was so clever.  Almost bought a mouse pad, but Boyfriend talked me out of it :P

7 comments:

Lorna Appleby said...

Otters and Sea Horsies! SQUEE!

A said...

Fuuuuuuuun! And that sea salt caramel hot cocoa looks awesome. Drool.

PS Please go to my blog & enter your prediction for my marathon, pretty pretty please. :)

Rachel said...

what a fun weekend! i love the aquarium, went there when i did the big sur half a few years back. my fave are the jellyfish!

bunnits said...

Monterey is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I haven't been there in years, so thanks for the photos. I love the otters, but
the sea dragons and jelly fish are my favorites of the photos.

bunnits said...

Monterey is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I haven't been there in years, so thanks for the photos. I love the otters, but
the sea dragons and jelly fish are my favorites of the photos.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Monterey .. jealous!

Jade said...

OTTERS! *squee*!

I SO would wear a Harry Otter t-shirt, that's just too adorable.