Night before day 2: Lincoln was teething and had a cold and was in a new place. He slept terribly and screamed lots...which gave me lots of anxiety about thin hotel walls and exhaustion and whatnot. Anyway, we survived. Bryan was a champ. Also, thanks to Elmo and a king sized bed that helped us
After a lovely (?) continental breakfast at our hotel, we started our morning back at the Aquarium!
|Touching a sea star|
|Touching a sea cucumber. Not pictured: Lincoln grabbing the giant strands of kelp-- the one protecting all the creatures-- and trying to pull them out of the tank. That's Lincoln for you. :)|
|This was one of my favorite things! Lincoln was not being a patient child, however, so we didn't get to watch the giant octopus for long.|
|These fish were so cool. They were just kind of floating there in the kelp forest, rising and falling as the water and kelp rose and fell.|
|That school of fish was mesmerizing.|
|Lincoln chasing the birds. We have lots of crows at our house so he's perfected his "caw!" that he uses to call them.|
At this point we were getting hungry and Lincoln was tired. We headed back to the hotel, ate lunch, and got Lincoln to take a nap.
After all that we took a bike ride up the coast to some awesome beaches and views. I don't know that I've ever seen such magnificent views before... if you are going to retire somewhere that costs a bajillion dollars to live, the houses with the following beaches as their front yards are the place to be.
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|Lincoln LOVED exploring the tide pools, especially finding the hermit crabs.|
|Lincoln chasing a seagull...the poor guy still managed to get away even though he had a bum wing and couldn't fly.|
|How we got around all week.|
|Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University|
After we got tired of the really cold wind, we headed back toward the hotel we spent a few minutes back at the aquarium.
|I could have watched these for a long time.|
|Lincoln is obsessed with buttons. Doesn't matter what they do. If something cool happens after he pushes them, all the better, but not necessary. :)|
|These were like the creepy earthworms of the sea. My irrational fear of snakes was on alert.|
|This was a sign with a video of some kids playing on a beach... I don't know if Lincoln thought they were real kids, or what, but he loved this sign. We frequented it.|
After Lincoln was tired of being in public, we left and decided to hurry to a little restaurant near the pier for dinner.
|This was about 15 seconds before Lincoln had HAD it, threw a giant tantrum, and motivated us to get take out boxes and eat our cold food back at the hotel.|
|We got a slightly cheaper hotel room because we took the unbooked room with the shower with wheelchair access...meaning no tub. Lincoln had all sorts of fun anyway.|
The end (of day 2).