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.
You can just see a deer in this picture. He was moving away pretty quickly. We saw a doe and a buck.There were some cool nodules on a lot of the trees.This tree had a cave under it. I did not go in but it would be a good place in a storm I guess. Creepy.Some sort of lichen or other growth on the tree.Way way up there.This 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.
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.The seagulls were friendly to the humans but fought over food with each other.The boardwalk This lady just laughed and laughedThe old wooden roller coaster still works. It was closed during the week.This 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.This 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.While 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.
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!
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