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Date Day: Part Two — Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Posted in date day, travel by gwen on July 21, 2010

After our dazzling adventure in Half Moon Bay Saturday, we headed down Highway 1 to Santa Cruz. We did not stop in Pescadero for artichoke anything, and we did not stop at Pigeon Point to look for whales, and we did not stop to watch the kite surfers — we just wanted to get to the beach.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Insane kite surfers

We tried out Natural Bridges but it was a bit nippy so we ended up at the boardwalk — it’s a bit more inside the bay so more sheltered and warmer. Oddly, this is the first time Chad and I have set up camp on the boardwalk beach together.

We ate, then went for a stroll down the boardwalk. It was insanely crowded and took us ages to get to the far end.

Cavelove

As if you weren't already feeling sick enough

Then we decided to go ahead and walk out to the end of the pier.

No crabbing!

We saw a rockabilly beach wedding and battling sea lions and an awesomely cool X-wing kite.

X-wing kite #2

By the time we started walking back, the sun was already setting.

Ferris wheel and swing spinny ride

Our beach blankie was practically the only thing left — everyone had packed up and gone home already.

Ready for grillin'!

Texas DonutWhere Chad dares to tread

We watched the sun set over the parking lot from the beginning of Lost Boys.

Santa Carla, murder capital of the world!

Then we headed downtown.

Date Day: Part Three* — Downtown Santa Cruz

Posted in date day, travel by gwen on July 19, 2010

Things to do in downtown Santa Cruz on a Saturday evening:

Flower #4

Admire the gorgeous lamps at Om Gallery.

Lamps #6, sepia

Have a tikka kebab and samosas and pomegranate juice for dinner at Khyber Pass, then some Princess Torte for dessert at Hoffman’s Bakery.

July 11: self #2Mannequin #2

Visit with some very hep mannequins at one of the various vintage shops.**

Mannequin #1Mannequin #3

Say hello to my friend Gordon the Cheesemonger author on display at Logo’s bookstore.

How much is that Gordon in the window??

Hi Gordon!

* If you are wondering why we skipped from part one to part three, it’s because I have not done the part two photos yet. Life just works out that way sometimes.

** that photo of me is from several weeks ago but I needed something to fill the space. and I wanted to show you that I finally made something out of one of those spectacular vintage glass rings I got at the Alameda Antiques Fair months and months and months ago.

Date Day: Part One — Half Moon Bay

Posted in date day, photo, travel by gwen on July 19, 2010

July 17: Local honeys on date day down the coast

Saturday we went on a date day down the coast [I know, I know, you’re all shocked]. We used our new Fastrak gadget [a debit thingy that allows you to zip through the toll lines at the bridges here] on the San Mateo Bridge for the first time, then sat in lots of traffic going over the peninsula hills because it was Saturday and gorgeous out and who wouldn’t want to go to the ocean. I mean, really, this is why we all live in California.

Our friend George had a gig at a café in Half Moon Bay that we tried to catch but we were late because of the traffic and me screaming STOP HERE!!!! when I spotted the BERRIES 99¢ sign at the honey + produce stand.

Borage for you!Tomatillos!

99¢ is a third what blackberries and blueberries cost over on our side of the bay and corn was 10/$1 so you’d better believe we stocked up. In case you didn’t hear me, that’s TEN CENTS FOR AN ENTIRE EAR OF CORN.

Blackberries, 99¢

And there was lots of local honey.

Honey jarLipson's

When we got downtown, George was already headed out, so we said hi then picked up some picnic provisions at the deli and did a little window shopping on Main Street. I loved this under the sea wedding cake:

Turtle cakeParis pendants

While Chad was picking out cheese, I ran across the street for a fix at The Posh Moon, which is a lovely little boutique run by a seriously francophilic [?] mother and daughter and is wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling romantic neutral bohemian etc. clothing and accessories and some housewares, many of which are made by locals — I’m just in love with this girl Effie’s line that they carry. Anyway. It is the sweetest place and I just love walking in there. I bought a green silk summer blouse and a tiny pewter blowfish made by an artist in Rhode Island — I’ll try to take a picture of it later because it’s about the cutest little figurine ever.

I snapped a shot of their ribbon flower hair clips as a reminder, there’s an excellent book at our library about making these and it’s something I keep meaning to do. But you should go buy some, they’re very affordable.

Ribbon flower, natural

I shall return with part two of our day.

Roadside attraction: SLO gum wall

Posted in summer, travel by gwen on July 15, 2010

I put up a few more photos from our anniversary trip [here!] and wanted to share one of my favorite attractions anywhere, which is also by far the most disgusting attraction I know of — the San Luis Obispo gum wall. It’s a little walkway between two buildings, the walls of which are completely covered by ABC gum. It’s very cool but very gross.

The gum wall #1

Poo!

The gum wall #2

Apparently there are other gum walls around the world.

Take it easy

Posted in elsewhere, travel, wishlist by gwen on May 21, 2010

Musical accompaniment: Tinashe – Zambezi (Fool’s Gold Remix)

Summer is obviously coming, a bunch of my friends are posting open road-type photos. I am working every day and it’s going to be ages before I get out like that, so I am living vicariously.

by Kevin Collins, one of flickr’s finest and an island neighbor of mine.

by Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, which you should check out.

by harpy, queen of the polaroid and all things summer.

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Date Day: Natural Bridges, March 25

Posted in date day, photo, travel by gwen on April 20, 2010

Finally getting around to the travelogue for our drive down to Santa Cruz a few weeks ago. I figured I’d better get to it because we went again on Saturday and I don’t want to be two road trips behind.

We started off with a stop at Wescafe here in Alameda. They make a mean americano and serve some extraordinary almond croissants.

Food stop #1, Alameda

We used to always take 880 down through San Jose and over the mountains to Santa Cruz, but got in the habit of the slightly longer but less traffic-y and more scenic route across the San Mateo Bridge [which, I have just read, is the 25th longest bridge in the world!]

The Mighty San Mateo Bridge

over the hills to Half Moon Bay then down Highway 1 along the Pacific Ocean [world’s largest!]. The view is pretty spectacular and there are gorgeous beaches all along if you want to take a break.

Lone surfer

I prefer to have the windows down because of the delicious ocean smell.

Rearview Mirror

We often stop in Pescadero, which is a one-light town halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.

Daisies in Pescadero

We picked up a to-go cream of artichoke soup from Duarte’s and a hot load of artichoke garlic bread from Arcangeli’s and had a little picnic right there.

Food stop #2: Pescadero

Another 40 minutes or so and you arrive at the western end of Santa Cruz — Monterey Bay is a big C shape, with Santa Cruz at the very top — which is where one of my favorite beaches is.

Lying in the sand at Natural Bridges

Natural Bridges has one of the two monarch butterfly sanctuaries on Monterey Bay [the other’s in Pacific Grove] and if you’re up early enough in the winter months, you can see the huge bunches of them hanging from the eucalyptus.

Monarch trail at Natural Bridges

We were there too late in the year and never get up that early anyway, so we walked down to the beach…

No Lifeguard

…where we spent some enjoyable hours lolling about doing nothing in particular.

Young lovers on the first of spring

Then it was time to dust the sand off and head home.

Chad, all sandy

Spring first at Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, California

Posted in photo, travel by gwen on March 25, 2010

Natural Bridges

[view larger because it is prettier that way]

Write-up forthcoming…how are you doing?

New Orleans Fashion

Posted in photo, travel by gwen on January 26, 2010

Kind of braindead lately [perhaps a bit waterlogged] and still on a post-game high, so I thought I’d share some of my photos of the awesome fashion we saw in New Orleans.

Polka dots at Harold ClarkeMannequin at Zotz cafe
Fifi Mahoney's #2
Supercutie!Baby baby baby
Googly-eyed
Red boots and 18 different pattersParasol that I would like to replicate
Parrothead
A-tisketWindow at Miss Claudia's

1. Harold Clarke, French Quarter 2. Zotz Café 3. Fifi Mahoney’s, FQ 4. Supercutie, Super Sunday 5. Baby baby, Super Sunday 6. French Quarter 7. Not sure about the rest of it but I love those boots 8. Everyone has a fancy parasol 9. Parrothead at Cafe du Monde 10. French Quarter 11. Miss Claudia’s exceptional vintage shop, Garden District

More photos from New Orleans

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Who Dat!

Posted in travel by gwen on January 25, 2010

SO ready to go on a road trip down to New Orleans next week.

photo and caption by Southernpixel

Who Dat!

AMBER ALERT!!!!! A Retirement home in Minnesota is looking for an elderly man that is off his medication. He is very Delusional he thinks he can play football. DESCRIPTION he is 6’2”tall 222lbs age- OLDER THAN DIRT. Goes by Farve Last seen in New Orleans wearing a Vikings jersey if see him please call 911 ASAP he needs HELP….

Cafe au lait, $1.82, Cafe du Mond

Posted in photo, travel by gwen on December 15, 2009

Cafe au lait, $1.82, Cafe du Mond

Here’s one more folder of photos from our trip to New Orleans in March done, fourteen more to go. I might just finish by New Year’s.

This was our last full day in town, we did all kinds of things that I will get to the photos for soon! really!, the first of which was a stop at Cafe du Mond. [Come to think of it, stopping at Cafe du Mond was about the last thing we did that day, too. Stick out that video, it’s funny.]

I wish we had one here, not being able to get beignets and coffee at 3 a.m. is seriously, negatively affecting my quality of life.

And the only thing you can get for $1.82 any time of day here is a taco. Which is not a bad deal, but I need more coffee than tacos.

» All them New Orleans photos so far are here.