Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Butterflies in Pacific Grove

The month of October marks the annual return of the Monarch Butterflies to Pacific Grove. The monarchs winter in this beautiful Monterey County town, enjoying the mild temperatures and lush greenery of the area. To pay homage to this annual occurrence, Pacific Grove is kicking off the month of October with their annual Butterfly Parade and Butterfly Bazaar this Saturday, October 2. On Sunday, October 3, many of the beautiful Victorian homes of Pacific Grove will be open for a Historic Homes Tour. Pacific Grove established the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary in 1990 and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History staffs the sanctuary with volunteer docents who provide information about the monarchs.

While in the area be sure to visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, another hangout for the butterflies a little further down the coast from Pacific Grove. Point Lobos offers many outdoor activities as well as stunning scenery.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

You Otter Enter The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Contest

Sorry, I couldn't resist the title.

Enter to win the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Otter U Sweepstakes to win a prize package that's all about otters. As you may know, I love otters, so this contest is right up my alley. The contest only runs through the end of September, so hurry up and get your entries in (entries are online only). The prize package includes the following:

  • A night for two at Casa Munras Hotel & Spa located right in the heart of Old Town Monterey
  • Two tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • A behind-the-scenes viewing of sea otter feeding
  • A two-hour sea otter tracking adventure on land
  • A kayaking trip on Monterey Bay
  • Gift certificate for the Aquarium Gift & Bookstore
Good luck, but I hope I win. ;-)

Side note: Otter Days at the Aquarium is coming up September 25-26.