CA | Santa Cruz

Welcome to Santa Cruz, California! Enjoy your tour of this West Coast city!santacruztitleIf you want a beach near a crumbling rock cliff, travel West Cliff Drive…unnamed (4)

If you want to see a lighthouse still in use, visit Walton Lighthouse...

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If you want a “restaurant that serves eggs from its own chicken coop, or eat organic ice cream with fennel foraged from a nearby field,” visit La Posta… 

And make sure you check out the cool contemporary Laili Restaurant with its wall size photo display of precious Afghan jewelry…

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At the Penny Ice Creamery, you’ll find eccentric flavors such as celery raisin, or black sesame, and it changes its menu daily…Penny Ice Creamery

Another one of my favorite food places is the Café Brasil. Talk about interesting breakfasts! Scroll down the menu to see the more unusual stuff…

I could recommend the Boardwalk: I won’t…. but this is what it looks like…

Santa_Cruz_Boardwalk,_Santa_Cruz,_CA,_US_-_DiliffThat’s for the regular tourists. Poets, on the other hand, may enjoy some of the poetry events — as poets are very active in the area. See what they’re up to at Poetry Santa Cruz. Maybe enjoy a stop at the Poet and Patriot Irish Pub.

The UCSC campus has a magnificent array of many things to see and do…The Arboretum is one of my favorite places but the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory is amazing. A giant whale skeleton has to be displayed out of doors in the open air.SeymourSee if you can get there for the marine animal feeding times. The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems is impressive. It’s an innovative place where middle-class kids turn into farmers.agro

And, if you want to know all the correct leftist politics, visit Santa Cruz — which is known as the Leftmost City in the USA…leftmost_city_header

There are so many beaches in Santa Cruz! My favorite today is Natural Bridges because they get the Monarch butterfly migration.  But check out their rocks! Pelicans on the Pacific will be brown, and not white as they appear inland.Natural BridgesAnother favorite beach just north of Santa Cruz on the famous HWY 1 is Pigeon Point lighthouse and beach. Best place to look at sea lions and hunt for other sea creatures among the rocks. If you want to try surfing, check out the surfing museum before taking lessons.Pigeon PointA good place to see the beach from above the cliffs is the Wilder Ranch State Park. This old farmstead turned park features picnic tables among old but bearing apple trees of varieties not available at any market. Just get up and pick. Also, if you have a bucket in July, try hunting for blackberries. WilderIf you’ve had enough of beaches and are looking for cool hiking in the shade, try Big Basin Redwoods SP where camping is a magnificently ancient form of recreating. Big Basin Beach, at the very end of the park, is one of the best.

Big BasinCamping on a hot summer is never cooler than at Butano SP — where people arrive at all hours of the night to pitch a tent.ButanoIf you’re not into camping (and are rich) try the luxurious Chaminade Resort and Spa, a spectacular mountaintop retreat and historic Mission-style resort.ChaminadeThe Loma Prieta fault line runs through Santa Cruz. The amount of seismic activity in this area is quite unbelievable… and ongoing…EQ

If you’ve never experienced an earthquake and one rumbles while you’re visiting the area, the City of Santa Cruz offers the following information which may (or may not…) help you prepare to survive and live through one. Drop

Yes, by all means be prepared… but with all the natural beauty in and around Santa Cruz, remember you can relax — and enjoy your visit!Moonlight

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Poet Guides: Ravitte Kentwortz and Susan Powers Bourne 

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