By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea
…is just where you will be when you join an Interlude partner for a beautifully scenic escorted vacation to the west coast. Traveling by air, train and deluxe luxury motor coach, we can guarantee you will see some of the most beautiful sites in the United States! The private dome rail car portion of this sojourn would make this trip a winner; but that’s only a small part of the adventure.
Imagine yourself knee deep in Steinbeck Country. Cannery Row, a novel by John Steinbeck was published in 1945 with the film version following in 1982. A stage version was produced in 1995… and you will be right in the heart of it!
The novel, Cannery Row, takes place on a small fictional street lined with sardine fisheries in Monterey known as Cannery Row (Ocean View Avenue in Monterey, the thinly disguised location, was later re-named “Cannery Row” in honor of the book). The novel revolves around the people living there during the Great Depression and may make a good read prior to leaving on this trip.
The real Cannery Row is a fantastic waterfront street a mile down the coast from Fisherman’s Wharf. Cannery Row is named after old sardine canning factories, but those factories are no longer operational; instead you’ll find house stores, restaurants and bars. You can easily spend days shopping and eating at wonderful restaurants. Cannery Row is also a marine sanctuary, so you’ll probably see California sea lions sunning themselves if you’re lucky. Since no trip to Cannery Row is complete without visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium – that too is on the itinerary.
A real favorite at the Aquarium are the seahorses. With heads like horses, tails like monkeys and pouches like kangaroos, these fascinating fishes are anything but ordinary – there is something almost mystical about them. You will see more than 15 species of seahorses and their kin—one of the nation’s largest collections of these charismatic animals. They really do take you out of your normal sphere. As you meander through four multimedia galleries you’ll discover how these shy and secretive animals grow up, attract mates and give birth—this is the only family in the animal kingdom in which the males get pregnant! What a great trivia question!!
As you explore the Ocean with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, you’ll see that this fascinating exhibit combines high-definition video of incredible deep-sea animals along with the hands-on experience of using underwater robots and other high-tech tools to explore the ocean’s depths. The exhibit puts virtual deep sea exploration at your fingertips in three different missions—photographing deep sea animals, mapping underwater mountains and monitoring the surprisingly rich and varied sea life around a sunken whale carcass. Jacques Cousteau would be proud!
You’ll also learn about the cutting-edge research conducted each day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute—deep-sea science that’s changing what is known about the ocean, and what’s needed to protect ocean life. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before—a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
At the Rocky Shore galleries you will find:
- Wave Crash: Some animals thrive on the full force of a crashing wave, while others know how to hide in this dramatic walk-through gallery.
- Rocky Shore up Close: Steer and zoom a camera by remote control to find a new view, as the tide rises and falls.
- Wave Splash: Watch tube snails catch food with their elaborate mucus strands, as well as bat stars, striped shore crabs, giant green anemones and owl limpets.
- Touch Pool: Get up close and personal with decorator crabs, sea cucumbers, urchins, abalones, hermit crabs, snails and mussels.
- Filter Feeders: Turn the wheel and watch live acorn barnacles turn to face the current and get a meal.
Just so you know, the Wave Crash gallery pumps about 600 gallons of water and “crashes” every 30 seconds. It’s awesome! That’s more than 500,000 gallons per eight-hour day. Also, the walk-through tunnel in the wave crash exhibit is one of the most popular family photo spots in the Aquarium—timing your shot is part of the fun – so take your time and get it right!. The Galleries within the Rocky Shore get raw seawater at night; during the day, the water is filtered to provide a clearer view.
While exploring the waters of Monterey Bay, you’ll note sharks and sturgeon gliding through the deep reef, murres plunging from the surface and flatfish nestled in the sandy sea floor. This hourglass-shaped exhibit is over 90 feet long, and highlights five different habitats beneath the bay and the amazing creatures that live there.
This exhibit was designed with sharks in mind—the hourglass shape gives the large sharks plenty of room to glide and turn. Were you aware that gliding helps sharks get rid of metabolic wastes in muscle tissue – who knew! Don’t be fooled by those “penguins” paddling by—they’re common murres. They were all rescued after an oil spill along the coast and now make their home within the exhibit. In case you’re wondering this particular exhibit holds 350,000 gallons of water and the acrylic windows are three to four inches thick. All I can add is – WOW!
Add to all the above, three National Parks, a night in LA, Coarsegold gaming casino, the magnificent Redwoods, Carmel Village and so much more. Please check out the entire itinerary and call Interlude to secure your place on this tour to the west. Remember, you won’t even have to pack your goggles or fins to be a part of this fascinating escapade.
Majestic Sierra Parks (click here for itinerary)
(8 days, 7 nights)
- Guaranteed departure (plan in confidence!)
- Escorted vacation (0% fuss, 100% vacation!)
- Tour for active adults (share a great experience!)
- Includes home pickup and return (for clients in Marion and adjacent counties)
– Interlude blog team
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