Santa Cruz

This past Sunday the weather was absolutely gorgeous, 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. We started off the day by visiting a new church, then after lunch we grabbed the frisbee and headed to the park. At around 4 o’clock we were trying to figure out what to do next and we decided that we wanted to go to the beach…so we did. Since we had already checked out Monterey we thought we’d try Santa Cruz, and away we went.

During the hour long drive we Googled the city and discovered that Santa Cruz is home to California’s oldest and most popular seaside amusement park called the Boardwalk. We parked there and had so much fun walking amongst the rides and games all while enjoying a great view of the beach. They had all of the classic theme park games, bumper cars, a gondola and a huge arcade.

We even found a little bit of Texas there in the form of a giant donut, but it still wasn’t as big as the super-sized one at Round Rock Donuts.

We had dinner at a pseudo Mexican restaurant on the pier and then headed back to the car, walking back through the Boardwalk on our way out. We stopped for ice cream at The Penny Ice Creamery which is an organic, artisan ice cream shop who makes their ice cream fresh every day from locally farmed ingredients. Their available flavors are different every day, constantly changing with the seasons; Mark got cookies & cream and I got chocolate sorbet and coffee chocolate chip. We try not to go super crazy on sweets but I’m so glad that we splurged here, everything was homemade down to the cookies in Mark’s cookies & cream and the waffle cones too…totally worth it!

I’m looking forward to visiting Santa Cruz again in the summer, playing some beach volleyball in the sun and hopping on some rides at the Boardwalk.

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3 Responses to “Santa Cruz”

  1. Whitney Says:

    Hey girl! My brother lives in Santa Cruz! It is a charming little town! Next time you go you should think about taking a surfing lesson from Richard Schmidt! It is hard but FUN! Then drown your sorrows in the pesto pizza at Pizza My Heart and a Mint Condition cookie at Pacific Cookie Company…YUM…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! And I recommend going and watching the pro surfers who hang out and surf every evening on “Steamer Lane”! SO envious you get to live in NoCal! So many great things…my fam just got back from Napa a few weekends ago and it was ah-maaaazing. :) Hope youre having fun and keep writing about your adventures! Oh and you’re only about four hours away from Yosemite—which is awesome, as you probably know!

    • britneyanne Says:

      Thanks for the suggestions! I know we’ll be going back to Santa Cruz eventually, maybe sometime this summer. Feel free to come visit us any time if you’re ever in the area again :)

  2. Tammy & Logan Says:

    So glad you are enjoying yor adventures!! God Bless!! Love you both!

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