Sunday, October 12, 2014

Forests and ocean

Santa Cruz is a very diverse area with the farms, forests, ocean and lots of people.  Chris and Linda took us to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  The trees were enormous and varied.

10-01-14 11-01-2310-01-14 11-02-2210-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 0810-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 0910-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 1210-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 1610-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 1810-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 19You can just see a deer in this picture.  He was moving away pretty quickly.  We saw a doe and a buck.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 2110-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 2510-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 27There were some cool nodules on a lot of the trees.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 3110-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 32This tree had a cave under it.  I did not go in but it would be a good place in a storm I guess.  Creepy.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 3410-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 35Some sort of lichen or other growth on the tree.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 4010-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 42Way way up there.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 4510-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 48This tree, dawn redwood, is a new one that they had assumed was extinct until about 1940 but then found a few growing in a China forest.  This one and another are planted here.This tree dated to before Christ.  Sorry, I do not have a clear picture of the date stamps but I believe the second from the right is designated “Birth of Christ”.And there were many rings before that.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 51

After the forests it was out to the ocean and the Santa Cruz wharf and boardwalk.  We had to see the sea lions.  NOISY sea lions.  And we ate some seafood of course.10-01-14 12-35-5410-01-14 13-31-4510-01-14 13-33-4710-01-14 Santa Cruz 00510-01-14 Santa Cruz 00610-01-14 Santa Cruz 00710-01-14 Santa Cruz 01110-01-14 Santa Cruz 014The seagulls were friendly to the humans but fought over food with each other.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 01610-01-14 Santa Cruz 01810-01-14 14-08-2310-01-14 Santa Cruz 019The boardwalk 10-01-14 Santa Cruz 03110-01-14 Santa Cruz 033This lady just laughed and laughed10-01-14 Santa Cruz 03410-01-14 Santa Cruz 035The old wooden roller coaster still works.  It was closed during the week.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 03610-01-14 Santa Cruz 038This is the famous ring that you grab as you go around on the Merry-Go-Round then try to throw into the clown’s mouth at the back.  Ross remembered that from his visit here as a boy.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 04010-01-14 Santa Cruz 04210-01-14 Santa Cruz 04410-01-14 Santa Cruz 04610-01-14 Santa Cruz 04710-01-14 Santa Cruz 050This is what is left of a cement ship.  The birds and decay have taken over.  In the past you could go out and fish from it but it have become too dangerous.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 05310-01-14 Santa Cruz 05410-01-14 Santa Cruz 06010-01-14 Santa Cruz 075While we were there a drone flew over out heads.  Not sure what it was doing but it was kind of fun to watch it go way out over the bay then back behind us. 10-01-14 Santa Cruz 06710-01-14 Santa Cruz 06910-01-14 Santa Cruz 073

We really enjoyed our trip and visit with Linda and Chris.  They were greats hosts!  We stayed in their motorhome and ate their food and enjoyed out time.  Thank you so much!

Thanks for visiting.

 

 

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Forests and ocean

Santa Cruz is a very diverse area with the farms, forests, ocean and lots of people.  Chris and Linda took us to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  The trees were enormous and varied.

10-01-14 11-01-2310-01-14 11-02-2210-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 0810-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 0910-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 1210-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 1610-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 1810-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 19You can just see a deer in this picture.  He was moving away pretty quickly.  We saw a doe and a buck.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 2110-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 2510-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 27There were some cool nodules on a lot of the trees.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 3110-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 32This tree had a cave under it.  I did not go in but it would be a good place in a storm I guess.  Creepy.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 3410-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 35Some sort of lichen or other growth on the tree.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 4010-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 42Way way up there.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 4510-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 48This tree, dawn redwood, is a new one that they had assumed was extinct until about 1940 but then found a few growing in a China forest.  This one and another are planted here.This tree dated to before Christ.  Sorry, I do not have a clear picture of the date stamps but I believe the second from the right is designated “Birth of Christ”.And there were many rings before that.10-01-14 Henry Cowell St Park CA 51

After the forests it was out to the ocean and the Santa Cruz wharf and boardwalk.  We had to see the sea lions.  NOISY sea lions.  And we ate some seafood of course.10-01-14 12-35-5410-01-14 13-31-4510-01-14 13-33-4710-01-14 Santa Cruz 00510-01-14 Santa Cruz 00610-01-14 Santa Cruz 00710-01-14 Santa Cruz 01110-01-14 Santa Cruz 014The seagulls were friendly to the humans but fought over food with each other.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 01610-01-14 Santa Cruz 01810-01-14 14-08-2310-01-14 Santa Cruz 019The boardwalk 10-01-14 Santa Cruz 03110-01-14 Santa Cruz 033This lady just laughed and laughed10-01-14 Santa Cruz 03410-01-14 Santa Cruz 035The old wooden roller coaster still works.  It was closed during the week.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 03610-01-14 Santa Cruz 038This is the famous ring that you grab as you go around on the Merry-Go-Round then try to throw into the clown’s mouth at the back.  Ross remembered that from his visit here as a boy.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 04010-01-14 Santa Cruz 04210-01-14 Santa Cruz 04410-01-14 Santa Cruz 04610-01-14 Santa Cruz 04710-01-14 Santa Cruz 050This is what is left of a cement ship.  The birds and decay have taken over.  In the past you could go out and fish from it but it have become too dangerous.10-01-14 Santa Cruz 05310-01-14 Santa Cruz 05410-01-14 Santa Cruz 06010-01-14 Santa Cruz 075While we were there a drone flew over out heads.  Not sure what it was doing but it was kind of fun to watch it go way out over the bay then back behind us. 10-01-14 Santa Cruz 06710-01-14 Santa Cruz 06910-01-14 Santa Cruz 073

We really enjoyed our trip and visit with Linda and Chris.  They were greats hosts!  We stayed in their motorhome and ate their food and enjoyed out time.  Thank you so much!

Thanks for visiting.

 

 

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