We had a nice date at the end of the pier on Capitola Beach. This place had a boat theme and the pier rocks with the waves. This is the same spot that the Tsunami hit in 2011.
The restaurant has great views of the boats in the harbor as well as the cliffs. As the sunset went down we watched the fisherman pack up their catches and take off. Inside the restaurant they have pics of massive humpback whales that have come right up to the restaurant and came out of the water. It’s really a great fishing town. Read More
You can’t visit Santa Cruz without surfing. It’s one of the most iconic surfing cities in the world. Even if you aren’t a surfer Cowells Beach is rated the #1 surf spot in the world for beginners. It’s also a popular spot for long boarders because it offers long easy waves to have fun with. It’s located right at the Santa Cruz Pier which makes it conveniently Read More
I had a big bug scare. I noticed a spider bite developing quickly into a blister. I didn’t see the spider but I knew we were in an area with some pretty nasty spiders. My left hand went completely numb as the swelling and blister grew. We put cold packs on it and although it was very sensitive to the touch it looked as though the worst was behind us. I woke up the next day to a numb hand and a swollen wrist. The bite itself was large and you could easily see the fang marks of the spider. I had done quite a bit of research and knew there were Brown Recluse spiders in the area so we knew what to watch for in the next 3 days to determine if it was a brown recluse bite but we still weren’t in the clear with the symptoms I was having. I went to a local Spider expert and he said “it’s either a wolf spider or a brown recluse, either way it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.” (he’s been bitten by both). He was right about getting worse before getting better… When I showered that evening the warm water softened up the bite, which was not good because the first time something rubbed up against it it burst and caused A LOT of pain!!! I would consider myself pretty tough but WOW that was painful. It was a wide open hole for a few days but then ended up healing over. The worst part is I was in Santa Cruz and couldn’t surf haha! Read More
San Francisco is such an iconic American City. Coming into the city from the south our first stop was Fort Funston National Park. It blew us away how windy it was (get it?) There were quite a few hang gliders taking advantage of the powerful wind hitting the coast. They have a lot of paths to the ocean as well as horse paths. Read More
Bailey the Surfing Pomeranian hitting the waves at Newport Beach.
It’s always been on my bucket list to hike the redwoods. I’m grateful this adventure has given us that opportunity. Read More
Just over a mile down the road from the Morgan Hill RV Resort and Campground is the Uvas Reservoir. It’s a great spot to photograph waterfalls, wildlife and the lake (reservoir). Read More
We found this beach from Jon Siemien sending us a link to the top 10 most scenic beaches in the USA. It was a little difficult to find, we stopped at 3 locations and finally had to find a local guy with no teeth to give us specific directions. Once we knew the general area of where it was at you can actually see it from the PCH if you know where to look. The view from the PCH was amazing, the beach is even better! Read More
Pinnacles National Park is a climbers playground! My pictures DO NOT do this place justice and I understand why this was made a National Park in 2013. I went here well before sunrise to go hiking, climbing, and caving. I didn’t really know what to expect but the thing that really surprised me is that I was the only person here. I had the entire National Park to myself! The only other people I saw was a climbing couple who showed up just as I was leaving. Read More
Mistake #37, driving through big sur with a fully loaded RV. Big sur is absolutely beautiful. Since we’ve camped here before we opted not to stay in Big Sur but I wanted to drive through it on our way to Santa Cruz. The scenery was epic, but so was the fuel cost! Read More