What to do on a Sunday? We had no plans, and it was a beautiful day. Heirs to our Oceans sent me notice of this event, so we decided to check it out. The drive to Monterey, California isn’t terribly long; only about an hour and a half. It’s a drive that I thoroughly enjoy, as the scenery is breathtaking. Unfortunately, while driving, I was unable to take pictures.
Forests gave way to inviting sand dunes and the kids became antsy to explore. Admittedly, I was keen as well, but we were on a time crunch. Making our way down the main street, it wasn’t long before the wharf came into view. I parked the car and we began our adventure.
Loads of vendors were represented: various Marine Science camps for kids, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Marine Mammal Center, Sea Shepherd, and a host of others. Naturally, there was a lot about whales and cetaceans in general.
We headed to the theatre to catch the presentation by Heirs to Our Oceans. For those who have not heard of them, they are an impressive group of kids. We learned about the extent of the damage being done to our oceans and how essential healthy oceans are to well-being of our planet. It was incredible to me how much we didn’t know. My kids were inspired not just to learn more, but to DO more. (I’ll blog on that topic in the near future.) To see kids standing up and taking ownership of problems they didn’t create was very powerful.
The rest of the afternoon, we spent meandering through tents of vendors. There were a few other presenters I was interested in seeing, but the kids needed to move. I bought them lunch, and both of them informed the server that we would like our beverages without straws. “It’s a single use plastic, Mommy. That’s bad for our oceans.” What a proud moment for me!
At the end of the day, we piled into the car. It felt wrong to be driving a vehicle running on fossil fuels after attending that event, but I was heartened that we were even thinking about it. Now the big question is, what next?
*Am so sorry at the lack of pictures. I was focused on keeping track of my kids!