Last day in SF to last night in Santa Cruz
Trip Start Jul 17, 2008
24Trip End Aug 17, 2008
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Just a few things we've observed before we get to Santa Cruz.
The highest gas prices we've seen so far, was in the Redwoods. We paid 4.75 a gallon before we left there. Today we saw 4.29 in Santa Cruz. Since we left the Redwoods, we've noticed that the choice of cars for many in California is Mercedes, Volvo and BMW's! Motorcycles are widely used as well. By the way, if you are thinking of buying a small house, condo or apartment in San Francisco you will need to pay at least 600,00-700,00
On to Santa Cruz... (Thursday)
Santa Cruz was a short drive for us. It took us about 2 hours to get here and we had our campsite set up by 2PM. The area is really beautiful. We are on Sunset State Beach and the area is surrounded by Mountainous Sand Dunes. The closest town is Watsonville and
we are totally surrounded by fields of fruits and vegetable fields. We took a walk on the beach and discovered that the water here is also very chilly but the beach is white sand and goes for miles. We had a quiet evening with another walk on the beach at dusk, just in time to see the sunset.
It gets pretty cool here at night as well-down in the 50's.
We don't have internet connection at the campsite so we've had to be creative in finding a connection in town. We got up early this morning and were greeted to a beautiful, sunny morning. According to the campground worker this is rare as it is usually foggy here first thing in the morning and it burns off around noon. We went into Santa Cruz to check out the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk also has an amusement park so the girls and Albert rode the Giant Dipper which is a wooden rollercoaster with many dips and turns
Our final day in Santa Cruz....
This morning we headed on down the coast. We passed Monterey, Seaside and many other oceanfront towns. We took the 17 mile Drive which travels around the Pebble Beach properties. We didn't see Tiger out practicing though! The drive has 21 marked stops along the way including some amazing beaches and golf course. We stopped at Spanish Bay for a picnic lunch and enjoyed the view and warm temperatures. Our next stop was Big Sur Coastal area. This by far has been the most spectacular coastline we have driven. The Big Sur coastline covers 100 miles and we drove it for about 30 miles. We stopped at one of many of the beautiful beaches and spent a couple of hours. It is too cold to swim but it was fun to watch the surfers and take advantage of the warm temperatures and beautiful coastline. We are headed back down Highway One now to prepare for our departure tomorrow am. We have a longer drive ahead of us to get to Malibu. It will probably take use close to 5 hours so we plan to leave early. We'll be there for 3 nights. The only thing we have on the agenda right now is our tour to LA and Hollywood on Tuesday. Talk to you soon.