Travel and Other Adventures
Ariolimax dolichophallus at UCSC

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We arrived in San Jose on Monday afternoon. Yesterday we drove over to Santa Cruz and spent the day there. It was weird being there again. It just all feels so familiar. I feel like I have been in an alternate universe for six months and now I’m home again. Like I’ve never left…

So first we went to UCSC to the Bay Tree Bookstore to buy a new UCSC sticker for my car. I also bought a Zen Slug t-shirt, too. I’ve wanted one for a long time. It was so beautiful on campus. The Redwood trees, the lushness of the forest, the smell of the Bay trees. It’s awesome. I’ve miss it. AND it was so nice that I actually took off my coat. TOOK OFF MY COAT! I was stoked.

Next we went to the ocean and walked around. So beatiful. I took pictures and will post them when I get back. They speak for themselves.

We drove north up the coast toward Ano Nuevo. It was just so beautiful. It was sunny and the views were incredible. I miss being able to hop in my car and drive up the California coast anytime I wanted. as we were driving I just drank it all in, knowing that I will be back in Spokane next week.
After that we stopped by our favorite hippy store, The Food Bin and the Herb Room. Raf bought some organic cookies and i got some bulk lavender lotion.  There was some lady in there buying herbs to try and heal her sinus infection.
After that we went to Pogonip to try to go for one of our favorite hikes. It ended up being too muddy so we didn’t get very far.

Then, finally, we drove down to Capitola and  walked around the village. Peeked in some of the shops, walked on the beach.

I can’t believe all that we packed into the day! Any one of the things we did yesterday would be an excursion for a single day.

Later on that evening we went to Santana Row because we hadn’t been there yet. We were in shock. A few years ago it was a shabby, empty outdoor shopping center. It is really nice now, although I don’t think I would want to live in one of the condos above the shops.

Today I went to SCU and had lunch with some of the people I used to work with here. It was so great to seem them all again!

I will try to update again this week. Will probably go to SF later this week.