Sailing under the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge, National Geographic Venture began her journey southward towards Monterey Bay and the coastal spectacles of California. The anchor dropped early to provide ample time to explore all the seaside city has to offer: the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium with its exhibits emphasizing the local biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the fabled stories of Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, and the dramatic geologic features of Point Lobos.