No, we don't surf. But it was certainly neat to watch people who do. I don't know what was more impressive, their ability to surf near a jagged cliff or their ability to gracefully climb down big rocks while holding onto boards!
Once we were done watching surfers ride the waves, we walked over to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. The museum is very small, yet packed with information. My husband and I enjoyed learning about the history of the water sport and how the design of surfboards evolved over the years.
Both the museum, which is housed in the Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse, and Steamer Lane is located on West Cliff Drive in case you want to check them out.
As I walked out of the museum, I noticed a nearby beach. Starving, I wished my family brought a picnic to enjoy. Instead, My Traveling Troop drove to Santa Cruz's downtown for lunch at the Walnut Avenue Cafe. We were pleased that after a long wait for a table (a half hour), we received prompt and efficient service from our waitress throughout the meal. Unfortunately, we weren't fans of the blackened ahi benedict or the burger we ordered. Both dishes were bland -- a surprise considering the cafe has received plenty of rave reviews from various publications. Perhaps we'll try different dishes next time.
To wrap up our day in Santa Cruz, we visited the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair. The fair took place at a local community center and featured a kids room, where our daughter learned about mushrooms -- one of her favorite food items -- through fun crafts. You can read about our time at the fair here.
Now that I've shared one of our day trips, I'd love to hear about one of yours! Have you visited a nearby town recently? What did you do while you were there?