On days such as this, I’m all the more eager to continue my plan of absconding to Atlantis, living beneath the waves in an isolated society of my own design.
A lost oceanic city may not be real (yet!), but there’s always Monterey Bay Aquarium, my personal “happiest place on Earth!” I could have stared into those seemingly endless open-ocean tanks forever, gazing at the soft spiraling arms of kelp until I was lulled into a meditative state to match the New Age music that constantly plays in these watery halls.
It was heartrending to see the expansive Open Sea exhibit without the mola, the enormous bony fish that won my heart ten years ago! Luckily there were plenty of other interesting creatures to see, as well as plush molas for sale in the gift shop. My mom, sister, and I each came away with a snuggly sunfish tucked under our arms.
So many strange new friends, big and small!
My favorite stop of our oceanic odyssey was TENTACLES, an incredible exhibit featuring all the sweet cephalopods I could ever wish to lay eyes upon. Nautiloids! Octopuses! More cuttlefish than I’ve ever seen in my life! What more could a girl ask for?
A peaceful giant fish, perhaps?
Or an even larger one with a tendency for showing off in front of the camera?
I wish you all restful, rewarding, and meaningful weekends. (To any of my American readers participating in the Women’s March on Washington tomorrow: safe travels!) If certain political events are making things seem very unfortunate indeed, I recommend watching the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live-cams to find a bit of sanctuary.