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February 05, 2014

Elephant Seals Up Close and Personal at Año Nuevo

Año Nuevo State Park is the site for one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal, and lucky for us, it’s just 22 miles north of Santa Cruz along scenic


January 01, 2014

My Santa Cruz Bucket List for 2014

2014 marks twenty years of living in Santa Cruz for me, and one thing I can't get over is how much I still have to explore and experience in this area. So this year, I have a simple bucket list to get out, see and do more in this place I love and call home.1. BeachesThere are over 29 miles of beaches in Santa Cruz County and I've probably only visited a third of them. With four kids in tow,


December 24, 2013

Take a Hike on New Year's Day!

CampingRedwoodsAre you resolving to be healthier in 2014? Spend more quality time with family? Minimize screen time and enjoy the great outdoors? I know I am, and if you said yes to any of the above, then kick off the new year with a First Day


December 04, 2013

Let's Cruz Holiday Gift Guide

Having lived in Santa Cruz for nearly twenty years, I have a not-so-sneaky habit of giving gifts that force…er…entice my friends and family to visit me. I guess I'm just proud to share what I get to enjoy throughout the year, but I also love giving unique gifts and I don't have to look far to find them locally. Here are my Top 10 ideas for memorable gifts that showcase some quintessential Santa Cruz experiences.

National Geographic's Trails Illustrated map


November 07, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Our Thankful Thursday Photo Contest starts today and this week's theme is NATURE…no shortage of that around here!HenryCowellLoop The


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