Big Sur, Giant Dipper, Tiny Diapers

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Justin and Bronwen Hult's
What I did
Henry Miller Memorial Library
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Friday, April 27, 2012

What a beautiful morning! After packing our gear, we headed south to the Henry Miller Memorial Library which Bret had always wanted to visit. If our car wasn't already packed with books and magazines we intend to read along the way, we would’ve picked up more here. The library was in an old wooden house with a sunny porch and deck. It was filled with books by Anais Nin, Jack Kerouac and of course Henry Miller, along with more beatnik writers and poets.

Next, we headed to a really amazing lookout point just north of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach – which is different from the State Park where we camped last night. The lookout is about mile north of the beach and there is a pullout on the west side of the highway right next to a big plaque dedicated to Pfeiffer Burns. The view below was amazing -- bright turquoise waters, smooth beaches with not a soul on them and a waterfall flowing onto the beach. Ahhhhhh.

After that, we made a U-turn and headed back north along Highway 1 to San Rafael to visit good friends Justin and Bronwen Hult. They just had a baby six weeks ago and we just had to stop by and see them again.

But first, why not jump on a roller coaster? Okay then!

So off to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk we go. We figured we both hadn’t ridden a roller coaster in at least 12 years, so it no longer counted. The ride was pretty awesome and well worth the stop. We rode the Giant Dipper, which was first built in 1924 and is the fifth oldest roller coaster in the United States. If you haven’t been on a roller coaster in over 10 years, we took a video of the entire ride for you to enjoy! (see below)

When we finally arrived at the Hults' by 6 p.m., we found that they had outdone themselves again. They had these amazing halibut filets with a mango/avocado/onion salsa on top, with asparagus and new potatoes on the side. Bret and I completely cleaned our plates.

We got to spend some good quality time with them and their baby. We watched baby Denali eat, poop, eat, poop, eat and poop LOL It was actually really great to see how he’d changed since the last time we saw him, which was when he was only two days old!

After a load of laundry and downloading the audio book of "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed for our 10+ hour road trip tomorrow, it’s off to bed. Tomorrow we plan to head toward Crescent City, CA or Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park. It’s quite a drive, so we’ll see how far we make it.

P.S. Happy Birthday Dad/Mr. Resendez! We love you!
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