I have a very special place in my heart for the town of Santa Cruz, California. The first images that I saw of this town were in the vampire movie “The Lost Boys”. The boardwalk looked amazing and I always wanted to visit the town to explore in person. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area for one year I never made the trip there being that Santa Cruz was at least two hours from where I lived and I did not have a car.
Visiting Santa Cruz finally for the first time in the spring of 2012 I loved it! We spent our entire day on the boardwalk first eating lunch and enjoying the rides. After our visit I quickly purchased a DVD of the movie “The Lost Boys” to revisit the town from time to time.
Returning again this year on spring break we stayed overnight and we were able to see more of Santa Cruz. The town consists of an “eclectic group” of people and reminds me of a nicer Venice Beach- keep in mind that I will not take my kids to Venice Beach again until they are teenagers. Max thinks that it is a good town for students, surfers and the hippie type of lifestyle. He vows to return with us here next year. The kids and I fondly talk about our time here time to time and sometimes they ask me if we can return to Santa Cruz for the day. They still do not realize that Santa Cruz is more than six hours from Los Angeles.
Photo: Mike, Ryan and Malina on a big kid ride
The other day I was on Facebook and my friend Mike did a post about visiting the boardwalk with his family. They live less than an hour away from Santa Cruz and we actually met up with him and his family on our last visit to Santa Cruz. I loved what he had to say so much that I would like to share it with you all too:
Well Santa Cruz as always you didn’t disappoint. And my kid has learned a lot of new terms. The way he was looking around at everything was crazy. He has been there a lot, but this day was really busy and everyone, as in every type, was at the boardwalk.
Driving to the boardwalk could only be compared to the scene from the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” with Chevy Chase. When, I believe, they are driving through the Southside of St. Louis, and the kids are staring out of the windows checking out things they have never seen before. My kid had his window down, eyes wide open and firing questions at me non-stop.
Throughout the day here are some of the questions I got to field:
Ryan: Daddy what’s that smoke smell?
Me: It’s marijuana.
Ryan: What’s marijuana?
Me: It’s really bad. Hugs not Drugs!
Me: People smoke it over here like it’s a cigarette.
Ryan: Daddy someone just walked by with a parrot on their shoulders; are they a pirate?
Me: No, they are just a resident of Santa Cruz.
Ryan: Daddy why is that guy laying on the ground next to a grocery cart?
Me: He probably got tired walking home from the store with his groceries and just needs a nap.
Ryan: Why do they only have sodas in that stroller? Where is the baby?
Me: The soda (Probably 6 12-packs of beer) probably got tired and needed a nap. The mommy probably is already at the beach (And no we never saw a baby).
Ryan: Why does that man have paint (tattoos) all over his face?
Me: He just wants you to know not to bump into him.
Ryan: Why is that person’s hair like that?
Me: It’s called dreadlocks. It happens when you don’t wash your hair for like 5 days.
Ryan: Don’t let me go 5 days without shampooing okay?
Me: It’s a deal!
Ryan: Is that man homeless?
Me: Sorry buddy I think he is.
Ryan: Is that dog homeless?
Me: I think so.
Ryan: How come the homeless man gets a dog and I don’t?
Me: Because, if you remember, I am allergic to all animals.
Ryan: Why are the police talking to that dirty man?
Me: He probably wants to be his best friend.
Ryan: Why are those people drinking out of brown bags?
Me: Because they think it looks cool.
Ryan: Why would someone drink out of a bag? Are they drinking soda?
Me: No beer, they are called ‘tall boys’.
Ryan: Did you ever drink out of a bag?
Me: Yes, but I stopped doing that. You’ll probably do it someday.
Ryan: What’s that smell?
Me: It’s Santa Cruz
Ryan: Daddy that woman’s really dressed up.. Look at those pretty shoes..
Me: Yeah, she’s probably going to a fancy party. She probably is waiting on a friend to give her a ride. (She was a prostitute)
Ryan: What’s that smell?
Me: Oh, it’s pee.
Ryan: But we are not in the restroom.
Me: I know.
Ryan: What’s that women carrying to the beach, is it a toaster?
Me: Don’t be silly it’s just a rice cooker (Seriously one of the weirdest things, but just go with it I thought… I think it’s a good idea since I like rice and don’t really know how else I would bring it to the beach).
Ryan: That woman has very shinny pants.
Me: They are called chaps. And no Ryan I have never seen anyone with chaps and ‘Daisy Dukes’.
Ryan: That’s right because we are the Southern Boys. Can I be Luke today?
Me: Sure bud!
Ryan: Why does that woman have a big metal thing through her nose?
ME: To catch buggers.
Ryan: Daddy, seriously why?
Me: Little man I have no idea why people do that. Go ask her I would love to know.
Ryan: Dad (Rolling his eyes).
Ryan: Dad why is that woman smoking holding her kid?
Me: I don’t know that mommy is making a bad choice.
Ryan: Let’s go tell the cops.
Me: Sorry bud it’s not illegal, it’s just a bad choice.
Ryan: Why is that guy carrying a suitcase to the beach?
Me: He is probably having a cruise ship pick him up (Seriously a large hard case suitcase to the beach).
Ryan: Look dad an iguana, a live iguana on that man!
Ryan: Don’t you think that is weird?
Me: No, we are in Santa Cruz.
Ryan: This place is the best, can we come back tomorrow?
Me: I agree little buddy it is the best. Not tomorrow but soon!
*** Mike, thank you for letting me share this conversation that you and Ryan had on my blog. I too love Santa Cruz and can’t wait to return. So, we’ll see you guys same place, same time, next year? ***