Travel in a 100 Posts

As I was putting together posts from my most recent trip, I realized that I was about to hit my 100th post. I started this blog as a way to record a month long trip to India for my children when they get older. But now, 2+ years later, it’s turned into a therapeutic way…

Holiday Out With Thomas

My son is a Thomas the Train fanatic. He loves everything Thomas. His interest in trains started around 18 months when he called any toy with wheels he played with a choo-choo. But somewhere around 2.5 he discovered there was a difference between Thomas and all other types of trains. The rest was history. Somewhere…

Looff Carousel : We made it!

I had been thinking about that Looff Carousel since our 4th of July trip to Santa Cruz.  My sister came for a visit later in the month so we took it as an opportunity to make a quick day trip down to the beach and boardwalk. What other carousels or other rides do you recommend?…

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…