March 31, 2015
On Saturday, Rebecca and I joined our good friends, the Vogels, for a day in Santa Cruz. It was wonderful! Santa Cruz is right over the hill. Why don’t we visit more often?
Anyway, we went to the “dog beach”. I had never heard of it. It’s a beautiful spot off of West Cliff Drive just beyond the lighthouse/surfer museum. You take the steps down the cliff and come upon a little stretch of beach running amok with dogs, big and small. The larger ones are chasing sticks out into the ocean, while the little ones are chasing each other and running after balls. Boba (yes, short for Boba Fett from Star Wars fame), the little Yorkie belonging to our friends, was a little hesitant at first, but was soon running and chasing the girls up and down the beach. I walked along looking for shells and rocks, but discovered this was not the beach for that. No rocks. No shells. But beautiful rocky cliffs, and smooth sand….all but for the doggie prints!
The surf was a little rough, but that makes it all the more glorious to watch. Massive, crashing waves made it one of those days you’re happy to be alive. You can just feel the power and strength. I had my camera, of course, and took plenty of photos. To the left side of the beach was the lighthouse point. Just on the other side of that were dozens of surfers enjoying the great waves. To the right was another point that was rocky from the top down to the sand. The tide was fairly high, so we didn’t chance walking around it (didn’t want to get stuck!). But beyond there you could see other rocky formations along the shore and out into the water. There was even an arch; a natural bridge out to sea. Okay, so I decided we had to come back again at low tide. That would be amazing!!
We found graffiti, too! Well, not the unfortunate kind, but carvings in the sandstone cliffs. Some were simple little drawings of hearts, or someone’s name. Others were very intricate and creative. I wonder how long they last. Do they stand the test of time and the crashing waves? Will they be there next year? Maybe I should put it on my calendar for next year!
The weather was perfect! We had thought it might be foggy and cool, but the sun was warm and the breeze just right. After we left the beach, we walked a little ways down West Cliff to take a peek from above at a giant peace sign a man had been working on in the sand. It was very cool, but it ended up being an advertisement!
Then we walked back towards the lighthouse to watch the surfers. There were so many of them! I guess the waves were ideal. There was a small crowd at the railings taking it all in and a small group playing some beach music! It was like we were transported to a beach in Hawaii.
Everyone was getting hungry so we headed into town to a burger joint, the Surfrider Café. It was wonderful. Best burger I’ve had in a long time. Then off for ice cream…. a must for Ellie! Penny’s Ice Creamery makes all of their ice creams and sorbets daily from scratch using locally farmed and organic ingredients. Flavors vary daily. You can do tasters of them all and decide on your favorite. I chose Meyer Lemon Poppyseed. It was absolutely delicious! Rebecca had an Orange Star Anise sorbet. I don’t remember what the others got, but it was something chocolatey. I would highly suggest you stop by and try some.
Thanks to the Vogels for inviting us to join them. It was so nice seeing their son, Gus, who was at the end of his first spring break from college. He was heading back down to school the next day. Saturday was a reminder to be sure to mark a day on your busy calendar to do something special once in a while. There are so many great places and fun things to do in our own communities. Whether you simply visit a museum or take a day trip to the beach or for a hike in the hills. Just do it!!
Have a sunny day!