Monday, July 27, 2009

My Town Monday: Birch Aquarium

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I am very late posting this week's My Town Monday. BUT this is really what I did today, along with my visiting sister, her three children and a couple of my children. AND, technically, it's still Monday...

So, we went to Birch Aquarium. And had fun. And even learned stuff.

The first thing we did was eat our picnic lunch. Let's just say that we're a slow-moving group, and we so did not get there when they opened the doors at 9 a.m. Not even close. Also, my THREE wrong turns, even with my navigator (I'm a poor listener), didn't help matters.

This is a sarcastic fringehead. It's my favorite fish. Although only 9 inches long, it's feisty and loaded with attitude, even charging scuba divers. It has bushy eyebrows. You can find it hanging around off the California coast about 10 to 200 feet down. The sarcastic fringehead lives in holes and old bottles, especially beer bottles. Females usually mate with the largest male and then leave the eggs in the male's shelter where he'll guard them. HOWEVER, females do not like to mate with males who live in old and dirty shelters.

I can just imagine the conversation:
Him: Hi there, baby. I can eat my weight in fish. I'm easily the buffest fringehead on the reef.
Her: Do you pick up after yourself? How often do you clean? When was the last time you dusted? Let me check out the inside of your bottle.

(BTW, I did not take this photo as my camera (which must be squeezed tightly in order to keep light from sneaking through the right-hand side) is messing up more and more.)


Below is some Birch Aquarium poetry to help you remember marine facts. (Which you can recite at cocktail parties, impressing everyone to no end!)











And, last but certainly not least, I leave you with a shot of me and my little sister in a shark's mouth.

Yes, we are naturally that cool! It's a family curse.

If you're in town, you'll want to take in Birch Aquarium. It's interesting and educational with some very cool exhibits. It's not even particularly expensive. There's a neato tide pool area outside. I personally poked at a sea star and a sea cucumber today. The view of the ocean below is stunning. You'll get a decent dose of info about environmental issues (easily skipped if you're not in the mood) such as the green house because this IS California. Here's the contact info: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093-0001 phone: (858) 534-3474

Tomorrow: the beach! I'm the proud owner of a brand new boogie board. Oh, you didn't know I was an expert boogie boarder? Okay. Fine. I'm not. But I do catch the odd wave. Especially when Child #2 stands next to me in the ocean and shouts, "Jump, Mom!" just as a promising wave approaches.

For links to the other MTM participants, please head over to our My Town Monday blog which was set up by the lovely and talented Clair Dickson.

22 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Oh....I shed a lot when I was pregant too!! But I'm still doing it!! I think I lost a fresh crop of about 100 hairs in the shower this morning!

Hallie :)

Jenn Jilks said...

Fun post!

Scott Parker said...

Yet another wonderful reminder of my vacation last year. Loved the Birch Aquarium and it's seafront location. When we went last year, the U. S. Open golf tourney was still going on (remember, this is the one where Tiger and The Other Guy played a playoff round on Monday) and we had to get past Torrey Pines to get to the aquarium (IIRC). We ate lunch at a nice little sandwich shop (name escapes me) but I loved the area around the aquarium. This is a cool travelogue. Keep'em coming.

Teresa said...

Great post, Barrie! I didn't know San Diego had an aquariums other than the ones at Sea World. Hope your boogie boarding adventures are fun today :)

Crystal said...

I love that you're getting lost, even with your GPS...I think you're taking things to a whole new level!! Glad you guys had fun. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Ok, we want to see boogie board pics.

I love a good aquarium. We've got a good one here.

Kristina P. said...

That fish doesn't look sarcastic, just plain aggressive. It scares me! :)

Sarakastic said...

This makes me want to go to dinner parties because now I have conversation starters.

Amy said...

the fringehead knows where it's at! I'd love a man who keeps a tidy home too :)
looks like you all had a great time! Aquariums are awesome!
(ps: I just woke up from a nap and my eyes are all blurry-- I totally thought your post said "fingerhead" and I typed it in this comment at first. haha.)

kaye said...

looks like a funny day

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I have a picture of my younger son in that very shark mouth. The aquarium was one of the places we did hit on our last trip to S.D.

Lovely shot of the fringehead....I feel like I might be calling my older son that tomorrow with his longish bangs.

Amanda said...

Hi - just wanted to say that I've written my first book club review. It's in advance, as I likely won't online again until Monday. I'd love to be linked in your post though.

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Anonymous said...

I loved going there myself as did your great nephew. He has been sitting next to me as I read the blog to him. He seemed to enjoy it and even called you by name when he saw your pic. He's so smart.

-YPN

laughingwolf said...

thum phun, barrie :)

Willow said...

The aquarium sounds like a great place! Next time I'm in SD~ which will be before the end of the year, I'm sure :)

Thanks for your comment on my blog!

Wendy said...

Love your ladies in the shark picture, but that fringehead freaks me out quite a bit!

Vodka Mom said...

As a teacher, I LOVE stuff like this. And aquariums are simply the best!


Thanks for sharing, Barrie!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

That is a cool place! And I love your commentary on that fish. HA!

pattinase (abbott) said...

So restful, aren't they. I'll have something for Wed. Patti

Miriam S.Forster said...

I'm glad you guys had such a great time! (the shark's mouth picture is hilarious)

Just stopped by to say, Happy Friendship Day!

(which also rhymes, but not as awesomely as the ones you put up)

Barbara Martin said...

This brings back memories of my visit to the Calgary Aquarium. Looking at water creatures is always fun, no matter the age.

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