Friday, December 10, 2010

Exploring Around Santa Cruz

Friday: (12/10) Our first task today was to change campsites because our current camp was reserved.

After lunch we drove up to Santa Cruz to explore today. There are lots of interesting things to see. Nice book stores. Interesting people watching. It's pretty busy on Friday night.

Oatmeal with pecans and honey for breakfast. Spaghetti squash with shrimp for lunch. Macaroni and cheese, clam chowder, and a ham and cheese sandwich shared for dinner at a Lulu Carpenter's cafe in Santa Cruz. The chowder was excellent, the mackey soso, and the sandwich good.

Woodpecker In A Tree
A woodpecker busy in a tree near our camp.

Saturday: (12/11) Waffles for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to the local thrift stores. Lou prepared a map with all their location marked before departing.

Our Campsite At New Brighton SB View Of Capitola From New Brighton SB
Our second campsite at New Brighton SB. On the right a view of Capitola from Above New Brighton Beach

I spent some time at the computer catching up with the blog and found a couple of nearby geocaches and didn't find a third. The sun actually came out nicely in the afternoon.

I took a walk along the cliffs and along the railroad tracks nearby and made my way to Capitola Village. I looked around the shops and had a slice of pizza for lunch. I found a couple of geocaches a couldn't'locate another that was supposed to be on the wharf. After that excitement, I continued on to 41st St by the beach and watched the surfers for a while. Then I walked up 41st St to the Capitola Mall passing all the surf shops along the way. I had dinner at a Chinese fast food restaurant. Garlic salmon, pineapple chicken, with pad Thai noodles. Lou and Dawn finished up in Santa Cruz and picked me up to return to camp.

Sunday: (12/12) The day started out looking great, sunny in the morning. I hope it stays that way. Normally, if the sun appears at all it's after burning off the morning fog. Lou fixed corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast which we enjoyed outside. Lou and Dawn were off to the flea market this morning. I stayed home to move us to a cliff side spot for toningt since it's such a nice day we'll have a campfire tonight. Since we don't have reservations here, we have to play a game each day to renew at noon. They really are disorganized in the state park system. While I waited for noon, I cleaned house and tinkered at the computer.

Monday: (12/13) Dawn spent the day in Santa Cruz at a weaving class and the book stores. Lou and I relaxed in camp. It didn't rain today but it didn't shine either. Lou fixed pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Olive loaf sandwiches for lunch. We tried to use the solar today and use the crock pot for some beans but the sun didn't cooperate so we tried paln "B". Lou made some cozys for the pressure cooler of the beans went into the pressure cooker, were brought to a boils then closed up and placed in the cozys. There is a blanket and a reflective bubble wrap case. They work like a charm and our lima beans and ham dinner was perfect even with no sun.

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