Surfers In Santa Cruz

My Traveling Troop hopped in the car not too long ago for a day trip to Santa Cruz, Calif.  The beach town, which is a 50-minute drive from where we live in Monterey, is home to the University of California, Santa Cruz. The town also features a beautiful coast line, a boardwalk with rides and games and a hip cafe scene. But my family wanted to check out a popular surf spot called Steamer Lane.

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?



  1. Here to wish you a HAPPY SITS DAY! Sure looks like y'all had a wonderful time! Enjoy your special day...I'm your newest follower!

  2. Happy SITS Day!

    What a beautiful place. The only time I've been to CA, I never left the airport! Maybe some day...

  3. Looks beeautiful. I want to get out to CA someday. . . . stopping by (maybe a little early?) for your SITS day! Have a great day!

  4. Congrats on your SITS day. I'm loving the photos. I don't even surf (because I'm terrified), but the water looks blue and inviting. Tell me it was a cold day. It also looks like a cold day ;) I live in Chile, but rarely take advantage of the beach because it's windy and the water is cold a lot.

  5. Happy SITS day! I always love to find another milspouse out there so I'm a n follower!!

  6. Happy SITS day! I am intrigued by your traveling troop.I grew up military, but my dad consistently put in for the same local so we could have a "more stable" childhood. Which just left us watching our friends move as they went from base-to-base. I think I'd have much rather been a world traveller like your daughter. ;)

  7. Happy, happy SITS day! :)

    I miss living in California...You can't beat the day trips in any direction.

  8. Happy SITS day to you! Hope you are having a great day and thanks for visiting me on my SITS day.

  9. Congrats on your SITS Day! Before I read around I just wanted to say how much I love your header :)

  10. What a fun, informative blog! Happy SITS day and happy trails to you and your family.

  11. Happy SITS day! Great photos! I'm following you now, look forward to your future posts!



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