First stop on the way to Monterey Bay was The Mystery Spot. Before we arrived I was convinced we were going to some kind of gravitational anomaly. Of course Luis knew that this was not possible but he did not give us the scientific explanation until we were finished with the tour. Spoiler Alert: The Mystery Spot is nothing but an optical illusion that made me feel seasick. Still fun though and an offbeat tourist attraction.
The aquarium was delightful as expected, especially the extensive jellyfish exhibit.
Ever since Maya had a major interaction resulting in intense pain and scarring evenwith a jellyfish when she was four, she has had a special kinship with these creatures. Something like keep your Friends close and your enemies closer.
Even though we did not leave the country this year I still got an international experience with a multitude of languages being spoken all around me.
It wouldn't be a California coastal experience without a trip to a Giradelli chocolate shop. Jo treated us all to colossal sundaes. So good that heads were laid on the table as a reaction to eating almost the entire thing. Delicious yet sickening.