Monday, May 23, 2016

SANTA CRUZ

"Find your flow . . . .
and follow it to Santa Cruz!"




The afternoon we visited Santa Cruz, 
it was overcast and cool. 
But the surfers were still surfing and 
the walkers were still walking. 





Sunday, May 22, 2016

BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK

The Redwood Trail passes by some of the biggest, most interesting and most significant coast redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 




Tree Burls are a common sight throughout the coast redwood forests. Burlwood consists of masses of dormant buds. The burls around the trunk of this tree, is called the animal or zoo tree since some resemble animals. 





Redwoods are able to resist many of the effects of fire, but they are not always able to survive. 


This awesome old tree is estimated to be 2,000 years old. 
Such a unique visit and experience!! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

ALCATRAZ ISLAND


We purchased our tickets
ahead of time, on line.
There is a fairly good snack bar at Pier 33
where you wait for your boat. 








Before visiting Alcatraz,
we watched the 1979 movie,
"Escape from Alcatraz" which was filmed here
since the jail was closed in the early 1960s.
Below are some of the movie props left behind.
Another good movie is the "Birdman of Alcatraz!"
This was a time when prison was a punishment 
and not rehab!
The warden's home.







An Inescapable Experience!! 
Well worth your time!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TWIN PEAKS & LANDS END

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

We visited Danny's Son over Spring Break!
My first visit to California!

They say,
an In & Out Burger is a must!! 


A wonderful view of San Francisco
from the top of Twin Peaks.
Zooming in on the Golden Gate Bridge,
Looking down the heart of the City,
 Market Street.


LANDS END


A beautiful, clear day of the Golden Gate Bridge!