Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Santa Cruz, California Field Trip/ Vacation

This boat is 70 feet long and took us out into Monterrey Bay to see an otter and seagull and lots of other stuff. We learned about marine biology of the area from a marine biologist named Jessica.

It worked well until G#2 got sea sick and of course, I didn't have the proper medicine to alleviate her condition. She was well taken care of during the trip by the crew who also steered, raise/lower the sails and served us breakfast.

We later visited the Seymour Marine Science Center at University of California Santa Cruz to have our hands on sea urchin, hermit crabs, sea stars, kelp, swell shark, mussels and barnacles.  We got to see how big Mr. Gray whale's skeleton is and compared it to Ms. Blue (whom we took a picture with).

We later were introduced to a Redwood forest nearby. Several hikes in beautiful weather were a huge blessing. We hiked at Natural Bridges State Park and Wilder Ranch State Park. We saw high tide and low tide in the same spot and marveled at the power waves and amount of sound from the ocean. Wonderful!

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