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Monterey Essay 2010

Monterey Essay 2010

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Published by Caitlin Stagg
Non-fiction essay on my relationship with a person or place. I chose my relationship with Monterey, California.
Non-fiction essay on my relationship with a person or place. I chose my relationship with Monterey, California.

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Published by: Caitlin Stagg on Nov 26, 2011
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Stagg1CaitlinStaggLampman208‐039December2010You,Me,andtheBayofMontereyIfyouweretoasksomeonewhatarethemostimportantthingstotheminlife,theyprobablywouldn’tsaythe326milliontrilliongallonsofoceanthatcoversEarth.Buttome,theoceanispureblissandinspiration.Ithasledmetowanttodothingsthathavesometimesseemedimpossibleforme.Thepresenceoffailureusedtohauntme.Itfollowedmearoundjustastheraincloudsseemtofollowyourworstdayandjustassummerfollowsspring.Ihaveslowlylearnedtonotfearfailureasmuch,andtotryandputitbehindme.IlearnedtodothiswiththehelpofMonterey,California.Inanoddway,thiscitygivesmethemotivationthatIneedinlife.ThefirsttimeIremembergoingtoMontereywaswhenIwasaroundfifthorsixthgrade.WewerevisitingmygrandparentsinSanJoseandmysisterandherfamilyinLodi.WetriedtomakeatripdownfromIdahoonceayear,usuallyrightafterChristmas.Thistime,wedecidedtotakeatriptoMontereywithmymom,sisterChelsea,twoofourbestfriendsLaurynandCorinne,andtheirdad,Greg.GregandmymomwerethesameageandhadgrownupasfriendsinHawaii.LaurynandCorinne,Greg’stwindaughters,weretwoyearsolderthanme.MysisterandIhadfinallymetthemtwoyearsearlierwhentheymadearoadtripuptoIdaho.Nowwefeltlikethefourofushadbeenbestfriendsforyears.Wewantedtodoeverything
 
Stagg2togetherincludingsleepoversattheirhousefortheweekend,seeingeverythingtheyliketodointheirlittletownofMountainView,andgoonadaytriptoMonterey.CorinnehadadevicetoplayheriPodthroughthetapeplayerinthegreenvansowelistenedtomusicpickedbyusandnottheadultsfortheentirehourandahalfdrive.WhenwegottoMontereyweparkedinapay‐per‐hourparkinglotandwalkeddowntown.Therewerealotofcuteshopsandrestaurantsliningthestreetsfilledwithpedestrians.Thereweret‐shirtandsouvenirshopsandhigh‐classjewelryshopssellingpearlsfromtheoceanthatwewerewalkingnextto.Wewalkedalongthestreetsandboardwalklookingatouroptionsandthenpickedoneoftherestaurantsonthepiertoeatat.LaurynandCorinnebothorderedvirginstrawberrydaiquiris.ChelseaandIdidthesameandthatbeganmyobsessionoforderingvirgindaiquirisforthenextcoupleofyears.Wesatatatablesituatedbetweenthebarandthepatio.Thetalldoorstothepatiowerewideopen,itwassunnyandtheoceanbreezewascomingthroughtherestaurant.Whenyoulookedoutoverthepatioyousawoceanformilesandmiles.Itistheperfectblue,anon‐threatening,smilingbluethatreflectsthesky.Wetookpicturesonthepieroutsidetherestaurantthencontinuedontotheaquarium.TheMontereyBayAquariumisonCanneryRow,ahistoricstreethighlightedinJohnSteinbeck’snovels.Theaquariumlookedbigfromtheoutsidebutwasevenlargerinside.WithceilingshigherthanIhadeverseenbefore,myfirstfewstepsinsidetheaquariumwereoverwhelming,tosaytheleast.Wegotavisitor’smapoftheaquarium,showingwhereallofthedifferentexhibitsanddisplayswerelocated.WestartedattheKelpForestexhibit,a25‐foottalltankdisplayingallkindsof
 
Stagg3animalsandplantsthatwouldbefoundintheoceansurroundingtheMontereyBayandtheaquarium.Atfirstyouseethebottomlayerofalltheplantsstickingoutofthesandwhenyoustandonthefirstfloor,thenyoumoveuptothesecondflooranditslikeyoujustmoveduptowardstheoceansurfacealayer,andthenagaintothethirdfloor.Alloftheexhibitsintheaquariumarethisfantasticandmoving.Theyshowyouthingsthatyoucouldneverhavedreamedofseeingunlessyouwerescubadiving.Itletsyouliveintheoceanforevenafewhours.WhenIwasyounger,TheLittleMermaidwasoneofmyfavoritemovies.Now,eventhoughIwasmucholder,Iwasgiventhechancetofeellikeamermaid.StandwithonlyaglasswallbetweenmeandthewaterworldIfoundsofascinating.Ihavewantedtobecomeamarinebiologistforyears.WhenevermyfamilyandIwentonatriptoHawaii,Iwantedtospendallmytimeinoraroundtheocean.Icouldn’tgetenoughofit.Whenyoustandtherelookingoutattheocean,itslikeyouarereallydiscoveringhowsmallandinsignificantyouare.Somepeoplesaytheycan’tswimintheoceanbecauseofthefearofnotknowingwhattheyareswimmingwith.True,thatcanbeascarythought,butwhenyoudon’tthinkaboutthatandjustembracewhereyouareandwhatanamazingplaceyouarein,Idon’tknowhowyoucanbescared.MyfirstexperiencewithanoceananimalwaswhenmyparentsandsisterandIwentonasnorkelingtrip.Afriendofmydad’sownedacatamaranboatthattookpeopleouttoHonoluaBaytogosnorkelingandhavelunchontheboat.Mydad

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