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Carolyn West says ...
My favorite experience was just about 2 weeks ago. I was a parent chaparone for my daughter's 4th grade class field trip. We live in a mixed-income farming community in the Central Valley, so some of the children had never seen the ocean, let alone an aquarium. They were SO excited!!! One of the children I was directly responsible for has high-functioning autism, as does my daughter. She was frightened at first about being away from her mom in a new place. However, the aquarium was so totally fascinating that she bravely ventured gradual safe distances away from me...her fear gone! I also enjoyed being in the educational lab, as I know this is a limited opportunity. I was allowed to explain the COOLEST critter to the kids...the sea cucumber! Did you know that when it's seriously threatened it will spit it's intestines at the predator to distract it for a safe get away? Then they grow back? Cool, huh? :)
05/16/2011 1:28:36 AM CDT
Nancy Wright says ...
Our visit back the childhood memories of surfing the tidal pools of Northern California as a child. It offers the opportunity for all people to step into and experience the oceans environment. What a great time.
05/16/2011 8:43:08 AM CDT
terri clark says ...
I remember being mesmerized by the seahorses and beautiful pink jelly fish like I had never seen before going to Monterey Bay Aquarium. A whole new world for me to explore.
05/16/2011 10:24:13 AM CDT
DJ says ...
I grew up in the Monterey Bay area, so field trips to the Aquarium were common every year. One trip especially stands out in my mind. We were walking around near the gift shop and an older docent started to talk to me. We got on to the subject of local fishermen and I explained how my grandpa used to own a fishing supply store on the wharf - A. D'Acquisto and Sons. He said he remembered it well. He then bought a whole bunch of fancy pencils from the gift shop and handed them out to my class. Great memories.
05/16/2011 11:27:16 AM CDT
Heidi Plumb says ...
Magical amazing seahorses - especially Leafy Sea Dragon - made me ponder deeply about nature and it's incredible journey of evolution and adaptation.
05/16/2011 1:02:30 PM CDT
Mary Carroll says ...
We've been to the Aquarium about ten times. The last time we went the new exhibit was seahorses. That time my husband was in a wheelchair. We were pleased to find that the spaces were accessible for us. Especially nice was a lack of rugs that tend to make pushing a wheelchair more difficult. What we did find was that it was better to go to see the penguins and tide pools in the early hours or late in the day after all the school kids left. It gave him the chance to get up close and not have kids push in front of him. Our favorite memory: the jellyfish of course. We spent over an hour just watching then pulsate along. All the differnt kinds are so fabulous.
05/16/2011 3:00:09 PM CDT
Marie says ...
As a student at CSU Monterey Bay I was fortunate enough to attend a formal dance at the aquarium. This was when the college was smaller and the formal dance seemed to be an intimate experience. From dancing near the otters to sitting with friends near the jellyfish exhibit I am not sure any other experience at the aquarium will ever be the same. It was beautiful at night and there was something new and exciting around every corner.It was an experience I will never forget and will always cherish those memories with friends. I now teach high school and attend many formal dances....nothing will ever compare to a formal dance at the aquarium.
05/16/2011 6:35:18 PM CDT
Bianca Erickson says ...
My favorite memory was the first time I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I was in 1st grade and our class went for a field trip. Our whole class had to wear yellow shirts that said in red "Class of 2000 Dare to be Drug Free". It was so cool to be able to touch the stingray's and to see a live turtle for the first time. Afterwords, we all got to go to the Dennis the Menace Park that was near the aquarium. Best day ever as a child :)
05/16/2011 6:38:42 PM CDT
Carmela Perez says ...
Vague figures slipping in and out of focus. Hands dipping into cold water, slick texture touching, then slipping out of reach. My favorite memory of a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium was with my children many years ago. We loved the bat rays!! They would glide close, let us touch them, then glide away. I would love to make new memories with my granddaughter---she will love the bat rays too!
05/16/2011 7:09:55 PM CDT
Elaine says ...
I really enjoy the jellyfish exhibit and was especially pleased when I visited the Aquarium and there was an additional jellyfish and art exhibit.
05/16/2011 10:28:21 PM CDT
anna norkus says ...
My name is anna norkus,and I'm 8 and a half.I went to the monterey bay aquarium a year ago with my mom,my grandma ,my little brother,and my best friends.I remember it as a memory of a life time.There where so many different types of cool sea creatures.My favorite part was the sea dragons.They looked like bright green twine with green leaves.I hope I can go again soon and see things that I did not get to see. May,17 11:57 am
05/17/2011 1:58:00 PM CDT
Ruthanne Finch says ...
My favorite aquarium experience was when my daughter and I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and saw an exhibit of deep sea creatures in the rooms that were fairly dark. It was a long time ago and I believe that there were some flouricesent or black lights, but it was really cool. I'm not sure if the exhibit was temporary or permanent.
05/17/2011 6:45:52 PM CDT
Heather says ...
We love love love the jellyfish!
05/17/2011 8:35:14 PM CDT
merilee says ...
Our family just moved to Central California a few months ago. My 11 year old daughter has been begging us to take her to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She keeps hearing from others how fantastic it is! So, I guess we don't have a memory yet but would love to make some. Thanks
05/18/2011 12:14:24 PM CDT
suzi says ...
We were lucky enough to attend a Christmas party at the aquarium, felt a little strange eating sushi right next to the shark exhibit.
05/18/2011 2:09:05 PM CDT
melissa robinson says ...
My favorite memory of The Monterey bay Aquarium was when my daughter Isabella was 3 years old, she loved being able to touch things in the one pond, and was amazed by everything that she saw! It would be great to back again with her again, now that she is older.
05/18/2011 11:09:43 PM CDT
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08/12/2012 11:42:14 AM CDT
Carol Nip says ...
To: Jennifer Lo Subject: Your Granola Your recipe is THE best granola, now topping my favorite "California Crunch" out of San Francisco. You've gotta give your granola a name, "Jenn's Granola" or "Swimmer's Granola" or "Athletic Granola." Why is your granola good for the athlete? There is more than the usual protein in your granola. Not as much grain, but just enough to satisfy. The initial "fresh" and "clean" and "crunchy" of your recipe awakened my taste buds with a surprising light saltiness mixed with some gentle sweetness that clearly was NOT white sugar. What made it gently sweet ... the tiny black balls of fruit (raisins?) that also served to visually stimulate my curiosity? The sweetness was so gentle, combined with an occasional pop of saltiness made this a memorable granola experience. The PROTEIN was much greater than what's found in typical granola. There were lots of an unusual combination of nuts, and I really liked the mix. This emphasis on protein makes this granola the perfect after workout nutrition. Thank you for sharing this with me. I'm ready to buy a batch and share with my circle.
08/20/2012 2:56:43 PM CDT
nikki.newman says ...
@CAROL - Thanks for such a rave review of Jennifer's granola! I have passed along your kind words to Jennifer.
08/20/2012 5:02:33 PM CDT
Jennifer Lo says ...
Thanks Carol! You made my day! :) I'm glad you enjoyed my granola, it was the first time I made it. I will definitely make you more!
08/20/2012 5:11:33 PM CDT
Rochelle says ...
Good post. I'm experiencing some of these issues as well..
06/10/2014 1:47:14 PM CDT

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