|My Traveling Troop at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. The sanctuary's small entrance|
is located on Ridge Rd., tucked behind the Pacific Grove Adult Education building
and Butterfly Grove Inn.
My Traveling Troop last weekend visited the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif. A few orange and black Monarch Butterflies greeted us as soon as we stepped outside of the car, offering a hint of what was to come.
As we walked toward a grove of pine and eucalyptus trees, we saw hundreds of butterflies batting their wings in the tree tops and sailing through the sky. My photos don't do the butterflies justice. I wonder how the photos of a gentleman present at the sanctuary that day turned out. He had a camera with a lens as long as my toddler! Thankfully, two butterflies landed on the ground during our visit and decided to stay put long enough for me to snap a close up photo. Thank goodness for butterfly mating! :)
Of course, our daughter had the best view of the butterflies in the whole sanctuary. My smart little one simply laid down on the ground and watched the show above.
The sanctuary is free, although there is a donation box on hand. During our visit, there were also photos showing the life cycle of the Monarch Butterflies. I also saw a gentleman in a khaki uniform who seemed willing to answer visitors' questions.
My family wrapped up our visit with a walk through the grove, as well as more butterfly gazing and photo taking.
I would definitely recommend a visit if you are looking for something to do on a sunny day. But make sure you visit soon, because by March most butterflies take off for their spring migration, according to the sanctuary's website.
P.S. I'm not the only blogger in the area who has visited the Monarch Butterflies lately. Check out the post of Staci, the blogger behind Following the Drum, for more pictures and her family's experience at the sanctuary!