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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Robin and I LOVE aquariums (and zoos!) When we were planning our day trip to Carmel-by-the-sea, we knew we had to section off some time to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  We left San Francisco around 9am and took the famous Route 1 down to Monterey, which took longer but was so beautiful. We rolled into the aquarium around 12:30pm, a good time since the mommy and kid rush tends to die down after lunch time. 

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We wasted no time and started off with the kelp tank, deep sea and big fish exhibits. I geeked out over the octopus, one of my favorite animals. Robin adored the hammer heads – he kept running around the tank looking for them like a little kid. We eventually wandered over to the touch tanks and it was MY turn to act like a little kid and touch all the kelp and starfish I could possibly touch! Robin on the other hand wouldn’t even stick a finger in the tank due to “germs”…. so high maintenance, that one. We stayed for a good two hours before our stomachs started rumbling and we decided it was time to hunt for a late lunch (photos from that coming next time!

I wore this striped polo from a vintage store on Haight Street here in San Francisco (similar here). Since I knew it’d be a lot warmer down there than in SF, I wore these high-waisted shorts from Forever21 (sold out but similar here) which I love so much. They’re so comfy! I always have trouble with shorts since my legs are so chubby, I usually can’t find flattering shorts, but these guys are the bomb dot com. When I left the house I had on my sandal heels, but I also packed flat sandals (similar here) for just in case and ended up changing into them in the car – I just knew that we’d be doing a lot of walking.

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