Trip to Monterey, CA

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Jim's 1983 graduating class (Agricultural Leadership Program) gathered here this weekend - we hadn't seen these folks in 31 years! Nearly everyone (21 of 26 living members) & their spouses attended & it was really fun visiting with everyone again. Considering how common divorce is these days, it's amazing that all these folks are still married just as Jim & I. With one exception, all looked wonderful & healthy & happy. And my favorite thing was getting to see Nina Carrier again - she's such a sweetie & very comfortable to be with. It was just like old times being with her. Last night was a cocktail hour get-together, followed by pizza at Gianni's (we all walked to the restaurant. Excellent food & we all had a blast. The guys sat together, the ladies sat together - totally enjoyable.

Today after breakfasting with some of the Ag group, Jim & I walked to the aquarium - spent about 4 hours there - very impressive place despite all the other tourists crowding around the exhibits. There were numerous animals and sea life to view, of course, but for some reason I was captivated by the jelly fish (see attached) and Sardines! This was a fun place to tour. We also walked the Cannery Row but it's just shops & by that point in the day, the crowds had arrived.

We ate lunch at Johnny Rockets (yum), then returned to our room to nap and rest .

Tonight is our group's social hour, followed by dinner and a digital photo collage of the group to watch. Should be fun!

Our hotel room is lovely and the service rivals that of a cruise ship, including the pillow chocolates! We have no view to speak of from our balcony - just of the crowds heading to Cannery Row. As our room is high priced, I imagine ocean view rooms are incredibly pricier!

So, after tonight's events, we'll all breakfast together, then say adieu. But this time around, several of us are exchanging addresses, phone numbers, email addresses - we intend to stay in touch, even visit each other. Fun!
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