Ari has always loved animals of any kind so, for her spring break we thought she might like to go see the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive so not too far, but it made for a long day. I was a little disappointed because I thought there was going to be a lot more things to see and hands-on things to do for $25 a ticket, but it was a fun day anyway.
Ari is trying to "pet" a bat ray at the hand's on exhibit, but they were really smart and swam just far enough out that people couldn't reach them.
Ari is really into orcas (killer whales) these days. I think because they did an art project centered around orcas. (Her classes projects were displayed at the district office so we went down and got a picture) So I had to get a picture of her looking out towards orca sculpture.
We then went to Fisherman's Wharf and the beach. I had the some really bad fish and chips there, which you would think being at Fisherman's Wharf they would be great, but they weren't. Anyway, it was only Ari's second time at the beach and Devyn's first so we had to get pictures.
As almost an afterthough we drove to the mission in Carmel which is only about a 10 minute drive and I'm so glad we did. It was so peaceful and serene. We got in for free because we got there so late and they were only open for another half an hour, but what we got to see was really neat. They have a working cathedral so it was the first time Ari had ever been in a Catholic church.
As a side note, as we were driving there we saw a sign for Seaside, California and it brought back memories for DH. He was like "hey there's my brother's high school" so I took a picture of it while driving past on the freeway. Not a great picture or anything, but good for memories sake.