The geography 491 class of fall 2013.
We started Day 2 off by driving to Cannery Row and checking out Monterey Bay Aquarium. One of the first attractions that we stopped to watch was a live fish feeding of sea turtles, tuna, and sardines. Then Rachel, Nick Jaeger, and Jerrod gave the first presentations of the trip about sea otters, sea turtles, and on the Fukushima nuclear disaster. We then were given time to further explore the aquarium. Some of the highlights were the touch pools, jelly fish tanks, puffins, and sea otters.
Pictured: A large sea turtle swims by after being fed while the thousands of sardines take their turn in the mass feeding at the aquarium.
Pictured: Rachel was the first of many to give her presentation on sea otters, which was perfect because it happened to be sea otter day at the aquarium!
Pictured: Nick Jaeger then gave his presentation on sea turtles.
Pictured: Then Jerrod gave his presentation on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and how it will soon affect ecosystems in our oceans.
Pictured: One of the many jellyfish tanks featured at the aquarium.
Fisherman’s Warf is a highly populated tourist spot for many people visiting the San Francisco Bay area. The Warf has multiple restaurants, a seal-watching dock, and other attractions. Most of the people in our group chose to eat dinner here on the first day of our trip and soak in the California culture.
Pictured: Sign at the entrance to Fishermans Warf.
Pictured: Boats docked at the pier at Fishermans Warf.
Pictured: Nick, Alex, Will and Rachel enjoying the food and view.
Pictured: Seals napping on the docks.
Pictured: Dave the Riveter.
After landing in San Francisco, collecting our things, and piling into the rental vans, our group headed to The Beat Museum. The enthusiastic tour guide by the name of Toga took us on a thorough walking tour through central San Francisco that explored the old stomping ground of the poets who were prominent during the “Beat Generation.”
Although we had discussed “The Beats” in class before arriving at the museum, Toga still had plenty of new information to share with us about these classic writers. After World War II, a group of artistic individuals began to form based on their common efforts to change perceptions and defy conventional writing. Some of the most famous poets of this era include Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Kerouac. Ginsberg was brought to fame because of his once controversial book entitled “Howl.” This piece of poetic literature was brought to court because it discussed drugs and homosexual acts, subjects that were thought to be obscene at the time of publication. The judge ruled that it was not, in fact, obscene material and gave lots of attention to the Beat poets. To this day, “Howl” is showcased at The City Lights Bookstore, another stop on our tour. This shop was the first to publish “Howl” and was founded by Ferlinghetti along with a man named Peter D. Martin.
From our tour, we learned that the Beat poets lived unconventional lives, sleeping with one another, taking hallucinogenic drugs for the purpose of achieving higher consciousness, and spreading their radical new ideas through creative literature. It was fascinating to see the restaurants, motels and bars that these historic individuals spent much of their time. Since the majority of us dedicate our time to the sciences and do not often have the opportunity to read and study poetry, this tour was an interesting new experience for many of us.
Pictured: The City Lights Bookstore.
Pictured: Members of our group walking to Beat Museum to begin the walking tour.
Lovers Point on the south side of Monterey Bay, gives a great view of the ocean and the beauty of Monterey. And just as you would expect from its name, Lovers Point is the place to go if you’re into that sort of thing. Upon our arrival, a couple had just gotten married. Even the animals are all passionate at this place. Have a look at this.
Pictured: The beautiful scenery of Lover's Point.
Pictured: Lover's Point Sign.
On the way out of Monterey we made a pit stop (of course) at the world famous Mazda Leguna Seca Raceway. Having a racecar driver with us granted our group an exclusive tour of the track. Having raced at the Leguna Seca before, Aaron Telitz showed us the tricks of the trade with our wonderful insured rental minivans courtesy Enterprise..
Not quite. But we were able to investigate one of the most infamous turns in racing history: the corkscrew. You can look at as many pictures as you can find, but the scale and slope of the turn is only truly appreciated when standing at the crest.
Pictured: Aaron discussed his passion for racing with a few of his classmates on part of the track.
Cannery Row, written by John Steinbeck, was one of our assigned reads for class. The book takes place during the great depression when the street was still lined with sardine canneries. We spent a day on the actual Cannery Row in Monterey which is now a tourist location with many shops, eateries, historical information, and the Monterey Aquarium.
Pictured: This is the actual lab that Doc from our book worked out of.
Pictured: This was painted on the side of one of the buildings. It depicts some of the characters in the book that many of us read entitled "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck.