How Monterey Stole My Heart

Monterey stole my heart with its delicious smelling fresh air, dazzling ocean views, generous friends who live there, puppies (I’ll explain later), the jelly fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and its proximity to endless outdoor activities. I kept saying “I want to live here” over and over again, and really fell in love with the area.

We drove in early Saturday morning after a less-than-two-hour drive from the East Bay. We stayed with my friend Alicia and she showed us all around her amazing home town.

First up, a hike in Big Sur.

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Followed by lunch at the Big Sur River Inn then dessert at Big Sur BakeryIMG_3526 IMG_3528IMG_3529 IMG_3531 IMG_3533 IMG_3537 IMG_3539

We stopped by Ventana for their views. It was too foggy to see the ocean from their patio, but it was a beautiful space nonetheless.

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After our adventures in Big Sur we drove down to Carmel to walk around downtown then down to the beach. On the way to the beach, we ran into this.


And I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

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Russell and Alicia managed to finally pull me away. I would’ve been content spending the rest of my day in that man’s trunk (creepy), but alas, the beach called.

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The next day we had brunch with our friends Tina and Wyatt at the Red House Cafe in Pacific Grove. Wyatt works at the Monterey Bay Aquarium so he gave us a behind the scenes tour of the jelly fish exhibit he’s been working on.


(I found this picture of him on the official Monterey Bay Aquarium website.)

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We even got to touch them.

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The exhibit is Jimi-Hendrix inspired with psychedelic displays of  these amazing jelly fish creatures. I highly recommend visiting while it’s on display until September 2014.

We only got to spend a little over 24-hours in this magical part of California. Like I said earlier, I’d love to live in or near Monterey some day. Or at the very least spend a lot more time there. Thanks friends and nature for being so kind to us on our visit!



8 thoughts on “How Monterey Stole My Heart

  1. You didn’t mention there were puppies involved!!! But yes, I didn’t fully appreciate it growing up there, but at our ripe old age have seen the light!

  2. OMG those puppies are to die for!!! And you know I never say that about animals! LOL. What kind of dogs are they? I want one!!! Also .. now adding Monterey to my list of places to visit 🙂 Can’t wait to see you this weekend!

    • They’re golden retrievers, though the guys was selling them for just $300 so I’m not sure they were legit. I seriously considered buying one. Russell was none too pleased. So many places to explore in California! Yes, can’t wait to see you in Napa~!

    • I was seriously tempted to go to an ATM to get cash and bring one of these puppies home. They were so so sweet. My husband had to yank me away, reminding me that we’ll get a shiba inu eventually, maybe next Summer when he’s off from school. Until then, I’ll be staring at these pictures I managed to take while squealing over and cuddling these cuties.

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