I had a quick trip out to Santa Cruz for work. Early flight
out to the San Francisco airport one day, drive down to Santa Cruz via
Highway 1. Then the next day set up a system, get a tour of Santa Cruz
and take the red-eye flight back. Then take a day to recover. This
was July 28-29, 2016 (technically, I arrived back in Ithaca the morning
of July 30).
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The Ordeal of Getting the Rental Car
I spent a about an hour and a quarter waiting
in line to get my car at Budget at the San Francisco airport. It was
crazy. The line went out of the room, out the door, to the garage and
then turned back. The group around me had a good sense of humor
which helped. When I got to the front of the line, I asked if there
was something unusual going on. The attendant said no and that it's
not unusual for the wait to be two hours!
This is the line from the doorway that enters the room
with the rental car...(more)
This is a blurry picture I took using the live view mode.
The sign says...(more)
Highway 1 Near Half-Moon Bay
I drove from SFO to Santa Cruz via Highway 1.
It's a scenic road that hugs the coast. There are various pull-offs
as well as a few state beaches and parks. I stopped a few times along
Coastal fog obscurs half the mountains at a beach by
A view of the water and the fog beyond the fenced grassy area
by Half-Moon Bay.
Water from the Pacific Ocean breaking over the rocks beyond the
A family fishes and hangs out near the beach. One person is
climbing the rocks...(more)
A view from on top of the rocks. The fishing pole and
a bit of a blanket from...(more)
A wooden thingy on the beach. I have no idea what it is.
The making of a picture. Later, I offered to take a picture
of the two of them...(more)
Later on, I stopped at (but did not go in to) a lighthouse just
off of Hightway...(more)
A woman was sitting on a bench looking out into the foggy
haze that was the...(more)
Panoramic view looking west to Santa Cruz and the ocean
from a hillside...(more)
Santa Cruz Wharf
I had lunch on Friday at the Santa Cruz wharf.
It's the size of a city street, with stores and restaurants on it. It
feels like you're on land and not on a big, long, wide dock. Also, there
are seals around and under it.
Looking out towards the end of the wharf. The clouds in
the distance might be...(more)
Looking back down the wharf towards the amusement park.
A Quick Tour of the Town
I got a quick tour of the area from a co-worker
who lives there.
More downtown, but I like the "fall off bike zone"
Crossing a bridge over one of the rivers by a marina.
Surfing is popular in Santa Cruz. We saw a bunch of people
Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch is not, in fact, measurably more wild
than some of the other ranches in the area, but rather the land was originally
purchased by Deloss D. Wilder (who may very well have been wilder than
other ranchers for all I know), in 1871, hence the name. California
turned it into a state park in 1974. All this I got from the photo I
took of the information board and map. I walked on the Old Cove Landing
Trial to the bluffs, but only walked for maybe 20 minutes before turning
back, since I needed to get dinner at a reasonable time and get to the
SFO airport in a reasonable time.
Everything I know (and more) about about the Wilder Ranch
And another shot, looking the other direction, with a lower
point of view,...(more)
The path wound towards the ocean to the right, but there
Some wildflowers adding a little white and yellow to the
A panorama of the Wilder Ranch State Park. The
trail I was on is at the far...(more)
More Ocean Views from Highway 1
On the way to the airport, I drove back along
Highway 1. This time it was a bit foggier.Wave 1
Here's are two
animated GIFs of waves.
The highway looked cool, hugging the coast and fading
into the fog.
The San Francisco Airport
I got to the airport around 9:30 or so at night.
I had a midngiht (12:30 actually) flight back home.
The view of the SFO airport and its ground lights from the
airtrain that goes...(more)
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