California Road Trip – Santa Cruz

I’ve must have passed Santa Cruz many times while on my way to San Francisco. My Australian friend had went for a visit during her last stay and told me how awesome it was. Gus and I drove up after Santa Barbara and took in the fresh over cast morning at Pleasure Point.

Gus told me about his family growing up in Monterey and suggest we take a drive to enjoy the town the following day. But first I wanted to check out Mission Santa Cruz since we where so close. We went to the church only to discover it was very small, compared to Santa Barbara mission there wasn’t much to see. We enjoyed a walk in the garden and headed towards downtown.

Driving in to the city I noticed the Museum of Art & History, right away I wanted to check it out. I enjoy visiting art museums in new places. I never know what they will focus on and its interesting to see the different exhibits. There was a lot of interactive art displays. I joined in and created a passport about my family history. Gus was impressed at my drawing of myself. I laughed because if there is one thing I know how to draw, is the face I’ve looked at all my life.

Walking downtown was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Looking at all the old buildings and discovering new shops is so fun. We spent some time at the record store looking at all the music past generations enjoyed. I bought two albums for the road trip back but both albums end up sucking, haha. I like taking risk but thank goodness for iTunes preview!

With the last bit of energy we checked out the Boardwalk. Talk about busy! There wasn’t an empty space in the park. Gus and I were so worn out, we spent less than an hour here. I’m sure my 14-year-old self would have loved every bit of it. The rides, the crowds of young people, and all the fatty food!

The next day, we headed over to Santa Cruz Breakwater Lighthouse. My friend had told me about this cute little place to have breakfast called Aldo’s Harbor Restaurant that overlooked the dock and lighthouse.

We got in the car and headed to Monterey to check out Cannery Row and the Fisherman Wharf. We first
took a break at Starbucks which I saw this man and his dog relaxing. He chatted with me about how his dog likes to do his own thing and doesn’t listen. I smiled and laugh at his dog’s little tongue hung out. After we checked our email and social media, we headed to grab some famous clam chowder at the Fisherman Wharf.

Time flew by and back to Santa Cruz we drove. Our vacation time was ending with just a few days left. Two more missions to see on our way home. We stopped by Mission San Juan for a few shots.

We drove to our last mission only to do a drive by. We where worn out and now needed a vacation from our vacation.

I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life and never bothered to visit central California. It was a nice road trip to do with the missions as an excuses to drive and take in the location. It was interesting to visit these historic sites and appropriate a school lesson I kinda slept through in 4th grader. I’m sure Mrs. Luper would be proud!

 

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3 thoughts on “California Road Trip – Santa Cruz”

  1. I fell in love with Santa Barbara when I visited back about ten or twelve years ago, even cried when driving to the airport. I must have had a spiritual connection to the place. It’s totally different than Miami. Thanks for sharing those fantastic pictures, I know you and Gus had a great time!
    Cheers!

    1. What was it about Santa Barbara that made you fall in love with it? Sounds like you an amazing trip. Everywhere I visit I always want to move there! Miami is on the list of places to visit too.

      1. There were many things. We don’t have mountains in Florida, so taking in the ocean with mountains behind us was captivating. My friend Sally had an uncle that was part owner of the restaurant on the pier, so we had a an amazing dinner there with them. We saw a parade with guys dressed in mariachi uniforms riding horses in town, representing the old Dons in Mexico, I think it was called the festival of Roses. Then we went to two special bars, one which I think was called Blue Agave; we sat by the fireplace on the second floor and had cosmopolitans (which I never had before). We made friends everywhere we went and collected souvenirs from each place, they’re in my scrapbook now. It’s like you said, I could see myself moving there. Thanks for the reply. šŸ˜‰

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