What happened to the fireworks?

So you remember I said that we only did 3 of the 4 intended activities?  Well, if you’ve been following along you have figured out that the missed activity was the fireworks. That manager at the Quality Inn we stayed in suggested the fireworks along the beach. We decided we would walk to dinner before…

Old Time Steam Trains

Before this 4th of July weekend, the only time we went to Santa Cruz was for the “Holiday Day Out with Thomas” train rides (a must if you have toddlers or preschoolers who are into Thomas). I always wanted to ride the full train ride along the beach and was excited at the prospect. At…

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

After we realized that we needed to wait for the sun before hitting the beach we decided to start with Santa Cruz’s famous boardwalk.  The boardwalk was founded in 1907 and is the oldest amusement park in California*.  Its everything you imagine in a boardwalk:  rides, roller coasters, arcade games and fun boardwalk food. When…

Beach Day – Santa Cruz, California

Growing up on the Jersey Shore, I have a very specific idea in my mind when I think of a beach day.  I have visions of sun, warm weather, sandy beach, beach chairs and umbrellas, food and drinks you bring in your cooler, and swimming in the warm Atlantic Ocean. I knew I had to make some compromises…

Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, California.  Typical California beach town filled with tanned young beach bums, surfers and hard core beach volleyball players.  Throw in a boardwalk with thrill rides and fun foods like funnel cake and corn dogs and you have a fun place to spend a few days of summer. I unexpectedly found myself with a…