Pumpkin Cottage

Pumpkin Cottage
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

On the Mend

Finally feeling like I am on the mend.  Time to prepare for the return to school and work.  But what I am already daydreaming about is the coming holiday season. More on that later.

Here is the final segment on our roadtrip.  Our day started with breakfast in downtown Gilroy at O.D.s.  The whole town smells like my mother's kitchen when she would make garlic and wine marinated meats.  Just lovely.

Lee had a dish called the Kitchen Sink.  We all had a delicious experience. After breakfast be browsed through the antique shops.

After our little jaunt in downtown Gilroy.  We headed for the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  We definitely prefer the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  Parking is difficult at best.  When asked if there was a shuttle, the parking attendant smartly responded, "It is just a short five minute walk."   There is nothing "just" for me but oh well.
We found that some of the exhibits were at times cheesy, especially the seahorse exhibit. Then there were all the environmental propaganda displays when what we would have liked to see for our $100 were more live exhibits.  The lay out of facilities is not conducive to the handicap or for strollers.  We almost missed the flamingo exhibit because you had to go up in one elevator and then down in another elevator.  Upon entering the Aquarium no one greeted us or passed out maps. 

The jelly fish did delight and there were photo opportunities throughout.

Tourist trap shops on our walk back to the car.  Okay, so we won't visit again but it was worth seeing once. 

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