santa cruz, part 1

Last December Eric and I took a short trip to Santa Cruz. We decided on this specific location for a couple reasons. The main reason was because Aimee Mann was bringing back her Christmas show and it's something I have wanted to see for a long time. Also, California is warmer than Wisconsin in December. 

We got into San Francisco in the afternoon and our plan was to stop at Tacolicious for supper before we headed to Santa Cruz. We had found Tacolicious on our trip to San Fran a couple years ago and haven't been able to find any tacos that compare since. So, we were quite excited to be back in the area to have some delicious tacos again.

We stopped at the Palo Alto location and noticed it was quite empty. I figured it was a little early for people to eat supper, so that was the reason. Nope. It was empty was because it was closed for a private party later that evening. Ugh. 

Not a great start to our trip! 

Instead of finding an alternate place to eat, we continued our road trip to Santa Cruz. We checked into the hotel we'd be staying at for one night, the Dream Inn. There was a beautiful view of the ocean and sounds of crashing waves and sea lions talking. 

After checking in, we walked to Surfrider Cafe for supper. It wasn't Tacolicious, but it was still a great meal! 

The next morning we woke early and were actually able to get a nice view of the ocean since it was dark when we had arrived the night before. 

We then left to drive to Davenport to eat breakfast at the Whale City Bakery and take a walk along the seaside cliffs. 

I'm sure we could have walked around this area a lot longer, but it was starting to rain and we needed to check out of the hotel. 

After we left the hotel, we stayed in Santa Cruz and drove to another trail along the ocean. This led us to the Natural Bridges State Beach. There weren't many people there, but there were lots of pelicans and birds. I had fun taking pictures of the birds and at one point almost got hit by the tide coming in since I wasn't paying attention to the waves. Completely worth it though. 

Surprisingly this was only the first half of our day! Stay tuned for the second half...