I’ve lived in California more than four years now, but I can clearly remember driving with the windows down one cool, refreshingly crisp summer morning right after I moved here, thinking “why in the world doesn’t everyone live here?” I still stand by the sentiment, but I’ve come to realize that everyone DOES live here. That’s why amazing places like Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and even the 580 Freeway in the Bay Area are almost always trafficky, congested messes. California is crowded, yo!
Nevertheless, I am still completely smitten with this state. I had to attend a video shoot in Santa Cruz a couple of weeks ago for work. I woke up in the morning to a dense fog out of the window of my hotel room and felt pretty worried that we weren’t going to be able to get what we were looking for because of the weather. I don’t know why I doubted, though. By 11am, the fog had burnt off, revealing the most epic, quintessentially California beach day we could’ve ever asked for.
I didn’t have my good camera on me, but I just had to capture the day with the trusty iPhone. I hope you enjoy my snaps.
I stayed at the Hotel Paradox (recommended, but I might stay at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn next time because they are dog-friendly and very convenient to the Board Walk) and ate at the Aquarius Restaurant at the Dream Inn twice, unfortunately. I honestly don’t recommend it because I had two meals there and was very disappointed both times, but the view from the table WAS amazing.