Our cute little beach house : )I left early Wednesday afternoon and besides a little bit of traffic, had a smooth drive and arrived in Santa Cruz just after lunchtime. The weather was nice and cool and refreshing - quite a difference from what I'm used to! Liz arrived an hour or so after me and we headed down to the beach, literally a block away : ) My dad was already down there with my dog who was exhausted from playing on the beach all afternoon. Liz and took a short walk down the beach but after awhile the wind became too much so we headed back to the house. The rest of the afternoon was filled with a trip to Whole Foods - such a dangerous place for me! Liz and I hit up a sample table where they were serving something called bolani topped with various sauces and spreads and fell in love. It was some sort of Afghan flatbread stuffed with spinach (they also had pumpkin, potato, and lentil) and is super healthy, too! Seriously, check it out. We were so excited when we left with some! The rest of the night included a home cooked dinner and watching a movie, after which I promptly passed out.
Oh how I've missed the beach...
Dad and dog playing in the water!
The pup loves her a big stick : )
My soulmate ♥
Talk about beautiful...
Thursday morning I was up early for a run with my dad and the dog. From our house we headed along the coast toward the quaint town of Capitola. It was a brisk and foggy morning, typical for Santa Cruz and quite refreshing for running. We did a loop through Capitola, headed up a gnarly hill, then back home for a total of 5 miles. I came home to a fresh batch of pancakes topped with banana which I quickly inhaled : )
My running partners!
Cruising along the coast...
Seaside Capitola : )
Heading down to Capitola!
The pup and I post-run!
That afternoon we all drove down to the harbor for an exciting activity - kayaking! My dad had never been and wanted to try it out, so he, Liz, and I rented one single and one double, got fitted into some rad wetsuits and headed down to the dock! I had only been kayaking once - in Santa Barbara for my roommates birthday - and didn't have the most pleasant experience. It was much harder than I thought it would be! But I was excited to try it again, especially in a double where I would have a little help : )
And we're off!
The rocks are where we got stuck!
We made it!
That evening we went out for dinner at a restaurant in the harbor with a great view of a lighthouse and the water. We decided to splurge and order dessert - and wow they did not disappoint! I had the decadent and rich Kahlua chocolate cake that was huge! Mmmm : )
Liz and I at dinner : )
Amazing view from the restaurant!
Santa Cruz wharf and volleyball courts.
Sky Gliders : )
To be continued...