Wanderings: Santa Cruz

Amusement park on the Santa Cruz board walk

Amusement park on the Santa Cruz board walk

While in California we had hoped to have a chance to meet up with a couple of good friends who live in the Bay area.   We’d all been traveling a lot, only had part of one day free, and they have a baby, so when our friend hit on the solution of meeting up half way in Santa Cruz, we thought “Perfect!”  On Sunday morning, we rented a car and made the hour long drive north.

Beach baby in her french duds

Beach baby in the outfit we got her in Paris last year

Santa Cruz Beach

Santa Cruz Beach

Getting some quality snuggle time

Getting some quality snuggle time

I’d never been to Santa Cruz before and it was really the perfect town to meet up for a few hours.  It was still a little foggy when we arrived, so we parked near the boardwalk, got espressos and drifted down to the beach to watch the volleyball players.  Not long after, our friends arrived with a beach blanket and picnic food.  We set up a few feet up from the water, snacked and caught up, and dug in the sand with the baby, all the while watching athletes complete a triathlon along one stretch of the beach.

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Pat the Beard-y

Pat the Beard-y

Once the sun had burned through the fog and we’d had a chance to soak up the warmth, we packed up the blanket and headed over to the boardwalk to check out the amusement park and the arcades.  It was fun to see the baby taking in all the lights and sounds and the movement of the rides, sometimes wide-eyed and sometimes squealing in delight.  We hadn’t seen her since last summer when she still so tiny and sleepy, and now she’s practically a pro at walking.

Selfies from the chair lift

Selfies from the chair lift

Chair lift

Chair lift

Hi!

Hi!

We women snuck off on our own to ride the colorful chair lifts high above the park, and the men and the baby wandered around the rides and booths below.

Nom nom softserve.

Nom nom softserve.

Playing well so we can win her a big prize

Playing well so we can win her a big prize

We combined all our tickets and got her this sea horse.  She approved.

We combined all our tickets and got her this sea horse. She approved.

Like the end of any perfect summer trip, we indulged in vices treats like corn dogs and chocolate dipped ice cream cones.  We wandered into the arcades and did our best to win enough tickets to buy the baby something cute, and when we came up short, we fed more money into the token machines so we could win more tickets.  Eventually we racked up enough tickets to get her a soft blue sea horse on a bendable stick, and she rewarded our efforts by laughing and repeatedly giving it kisses.

Making friends

Making friends

Such a cool theatre and I want to see Mason Jennings!

Such a cool theatre and I want to see Mason Jennings!

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