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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.

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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.

Date day in Hayward, the walk

Posted in date day, photo by gwen on April 15, 2010

Last week we had a date day and went for a walk along a path in a park along the San Francisco Bay in Hayward, California, a bit south of where we live. We were in search of a sea glass beach a friend of mine had been to. It was very windy but the sun was excellent, and the path from the parking lot at the far, far end of W. Winton Avenue is wide and paved — perfect for bikes but also nice for a leisurely stroll.

Path #1: Hayward Regional Shoreline

Near the beginning of the path is a hillside of of mustard hiding the bulldozers at the landfill on the other side.

Path #2: Bring your wheelies

It was very windy and I took a bunch of photos that were big blurs, so I cheated and had Chad try to hold the mustard still for one more shot. He’s just out of the frame here. I really like this shot so it’s big. It’s larger here.

Mustard

The path leads to what used to be a ferry landing back in ye olden times. There’s very little left except for little stubs of wood poking out of the mud.

Path #3, Hayward ferry landing

We did find a bunch of sea glass, I’m going to post those tomorrow. I will just say: there is a lot, though it is mostly not fully “cooked” [as I have seen it referred to while poking around the many sites that are devoted to sea glass, this meaning it is not as sea-tumbled as it could be and most of what we saw still has hard if not sharp edges and there are very few of the small pebbly bits that I’d like to find for jewelry purposes].

Isn’t Chad cute?

Chad, on a path

He is also eagle-eyed, he spotted this half of a robin’s egg on the path. It’s barely bigger than the end of my thumb and I never would have noticed it unless it crunched as I stepped on it.

Path #4: Robin's egg

So: there are paths along both sides of the slough but we took the wrong fork when we came back on the other side and ended up on the wrong path, which gets bushier and bushier and by the time you realize things are not as they ought, you are at a locked fence separating you from your vehicle and you have to crawl through all kinds of underbrush unless you want to walk the quarter mile back to where you should have gone to the right. It’s an adventure anyway.

Path #6: Wrong way

: : : Hayward Regional Shoreline

Date Day: sea glass beach

Posted in date day, photo by gwen on April 14, 2010

The best thing I spotted on our date day at the sea glass beach in Hayward last week was an intact green bottle stopper.

Made in England/bottle stopper

p.s hi Paul, I found your dishes from when you were a boy!