The trip to Monterey with my mom and my eldest niece and nephew went great. We had a good time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and I enjoyed the new exhibits, and especially the fascinating presentation on current research with great white sharks. The following day involved places new to me--first the Point Lobos State Natural Preserve which reminded me of Oregon with its rugged coastline, and where we were blessed to see four wild sea otters and the entertainment of an adorable harbor seal pup trying to crawl up an outcropping to reach its basking mother. Thanks to the blessing of low tide being at 9 am, got to enjoy the tide pools at Weston Beach as well, with plenty of crabs and even a bunch of sea anemones. After that, we visited the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, which was also a lot of fun. I quite enjoyed the IMAX presentation with footage taken at the International Space Station.
All that doesn't include the great places we found for eating in Monterey, and the blessing of safe travel. It felt great to enjoy 60s in Monterey while it was 100 back in Sacramento.
Once back, one nice way to beat the heat was treating my parents out to see Star Trek: Beyond at the theater. I quite enjoyed it.
Since Sacramento just had to be so welcoming as to have the temperature at my parents' house be at least 102 on Tuesday, and 103 on Wednesday, I must renew my ever-present gratitude for the marvel of air conditioning, without which I certainly wouldn't be sleeping, or hardly eating.
Check in at the Sacramento airport for the first leg to Seattle went quite smoothly and our flight even took off early. A joy to see snow on the mountains as the plane flies over Oregon, beautiful views of the Olympic Penisula and Mount Rainier and know that I'm on my way to some glorious avarii country!