John & Anne Wiley

2011/08/29

Santa Cruz

The second day of our Smiley Adventure, we stopped for fuel in Watsonville after the short hop from San Jose. Since we have hundreds of great pix from this trip, I’m posting some different ones to my Edhat & Photo Pages (see links at the right). Even so, I’m going to break up the Day 2 batch. Here then are two from Santa Cruz area, starting with the Boardwalk where I once spent some play time as a kid.

3191 Santa Cruz Boardwalk

3191 Santa Cruz Boardwalk

If you click to see the largest version here, you can make out the water slide at right and what I think is the “Mad Mouse” ride. That ride was a mini-roller coaster in the ’60s, and a lot of fun. At the left end is what was the arcade, with a cotton candy booth outside. The rides and other attractions are probably quite different now, but the basic structure looks about the same. Among dozens of pix of everything from San Jose to almost Half Moon Bay, I’ve chosen a few favs for the other two sites but here’s one more for this blog. A few of the areas just past Santa Cruz with sea caves also have rocks like this. I didn’t notice until reviewing pix just now that there seems to be a gal posing for a photo after having climbed out to a cave in the rock.

3246 Precarious Pose

3246 Precarious Pose

You can click on this pic for more detail and look on the Photo Page for a larger pic with context. I wonder how their pix came out, and whether they took any of us flying past offshore. That mental game of looking at a scene from both ends (plane and cave) kinda takes me back to having roamed these spots when I was the age these kids seem to be. I can feel the Wheel Of Life turning…

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Refly

We haven’t been outside yet today! Slept a lot (with remarkable dreams) and now we’re off to do some errands. First tho, I’ll post a few more pix from the first day of our Smiley Adventure to begin a “re-fly” of the trip now that we have time to add more words & pix. First is a long shot of the Hearst Castle, showing the crag beyond.

3067 Hearst Castle

3067 Hearst Castle

Next another snap of the Big Sur coast. This rock we never noticed during our many driving trips along that magnificent road, looks to me like the core of an ancient volcano. I like how it’s split into a sculpture shape by the forces of time.

3096 Rock Heart

3096 Rock Heart

As we neared Monterey the cloudy halo atop a hill caught fire in the sun.

0572 Fire Crown

0572 Fire Crown

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