Cute Capitola

Trip Start Sep 07, 2009
Trip End Nov 17, 2009

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

04/11/2009 - Woke up in the morning, had our usual breakfast (cereal in our room out of paper bowls!), and checked out of the hotel. We picked up the car from the backstreet car park (it was still there, with all its wheels on, thank god) and headed south on Highway 1. We had initially planned to travel seventy miles or so and stay in Santa Cruz, but the reviews on said it was past its best and a bit rundown, so instead we picked a little town just outside Santa Cruz called Capitola.

Although not quite the Big Sur that we would be travelling down later on in the week,the drive along the coast was fantastic and we stopped off a number of times at beautiful deserted beaches with rough, Pacific waves.

When we arrived at our b&b, The Jewel Box, we were so pleased, it was really sweet and had a sort of Japanese, Buddhist feel, right up my street! We dropped off our bags and headed down to the towncentre. We walked along Capitola Beach where local children were building dens out of the mass of driftwood that had been washed ashore. As the sun set, we walked down the pier, where the local fisherman were hanging out. We stood gazing out to the ocean and then, to our surprise, we saw a dolphin, weaving in out of the waves...(don't think it was Talon though).

05/11/2009 - After a lovely lie-in, we woke up to a gorgeous breakfast of berries and porridge. We headed back into town and found a 'secret walk' along a river. The houses along the path had private little gardens right on the rivers edge. It looked like such a lovely place to live.

After grabbing lunch at a cafe (Jim had a Philly cheese-steak and I had a falafel wrap), we drove down to New Brighton Beach a couple of miles outside town. Unfortunately, as the beach is part of a state park we had to pay to enter, which pleased us no end. We forgot all about the charge though as the beach was beautiful and deserted. Driftwood was scattered all over the sand and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw one of the bits of wood move. On closer inspection we realised it was a lone seal! Unfortunately, as we got nearer, we could see the poor thing was obviously sick as it was rolling its head back and forth in a funny way (see video). Later on, as we walked back past the seal, a group had gathered, and we overheard that the seal was going to be rescued. We sat and waited a while, but nobody came, so we headed on back - we'll never know what became of the seal....

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