Monterey Bay

4/7 -- 4/8/2018

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Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean located on the coast of California, south of the major cities of San Francisco and San Jose.  Monterey Bay is home to many species of marine mammals, including sea otters, harbor seals, and bottlenose dolphins; as well as being on the migratory path of Gray and Humpback Whales and a breeding site for elephant seals. 
Our original weekend travel plan was to drive down to southern California for an airshow at the March Air Reserve Base and to see the wild flowers in the Antelope Valley.  However, this was not a good year for wild flowers (not enough rain in the winter), and unfortunately there was a tragic accident for USAF Thunderbirds a few days ago that they lost their Thunderbirds #4 pilot during a training mission.  We decided to do a shorter trip and changed the destination to Monterey for the weekend escape.

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Without any time pressure and advance planning, this spontaneous short weekend trip to Monterey was a nice escape to enjoy some familiar places (like the Monterey Bay Aquarium) and new exploration (like Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing area) in the Bay Area.


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