The Jellies Experience, Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of those magical places that must visited at least once in your lifetime.   If you are lucky enough to live close, it is mandatory that you visit regularly to see how the exhibits change and go to special events.  The aquarium sits right on the bay and there are tons of natural wildlife to see all along the coast including seals, sea otters and whales.   And, in case you are feeling left out because you are too far away, those crazy scientists in Monterey have lots of live webcams for you to check out the sea creatures from home, right HERE.

Today, however, I am going to take you with me on part of my family’s adventure through the aquarium.    It was a wild Saturday during peak hours in the middle of summer.   So, that means my four year old ran out of patience pretty quickly and every square inch of the place was crawling with tourists (just like us) trying to get the perfect picture for their scrapbooks.   I would have loved to stayed in the aquarium all day to learn more about all of the different species and the interesting trivia that wins on Jeopardy but that just wasn’t possible.  Here’s the highlights and our trippy adventure with the jellyfish.

“The Jellies Experience” is the jellyfish exhibit and has been set up with a 60s theme; groovy music, strobe lights, and a psychedelic feel that’s totally mellow, ya.   Right on!

So, enjoy the fake names that I have given all of the jellyfish in the photos because I wasn’t paying attention to all of the signs and see what I think they should be called.

Do you have an aquarium near you?   What do you name the jellyfish?

Up next:   The Kelp Forest …

Disney via Instagram

I am still suffering from vacation hangover and a little bit of post-awesomeness depression from our Disney adventures.   It truly was a nice vacation in the Happiest Place on Earth.    Rather than share cheesy shots of my family in the standard Disney poses, I’d like to show you my lens via Instagram.

The Tea Cups, or the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, at night were beautiful.


Space Mountain, a classic.


The Orbiters are a silly ride but the design is dazzling.


I was in love with the Mickey wheel at California Adventure.   I took countless photos of it but this sunset is my favorite.


Mickey shaped food always tastes better.   The churro is BY FAR my favorite, though.


Malificent the Dragon from the show “Fantasmic,” an outdoor display on the water by Tom Sawyer’s Island.


We stayed at the Grand Californian.   I loved the lobby.   It was huge and dramatic with all kinds of architectural details.


Mickey ‘soft’ pretzels.   This actually looked better than it tasted.   Hard as a rock.


Goofy’s Symphony on the water at California Adventure.   I didn’t realize what a goofy Goofy fan I am.  He is adorable.


From inside the bottle house, one of the spots they mousetrap you through while waiting in line for the Radiator Springs Racers.


To Infinity and Beyond …


Oh, Buzz.   You handsome devil, you.

Until my next visit …