J and I had a four-day weekend and decided to take the opportunity to get out of town for two days. Since we both have been to large parts of the Californian Coast, but not the stretch between Monterey and Half Moon Bay, we decided to make Santa Cruz our destination.
We had a hotel close to the beach/boardwalk and while the whole area is a little cheesy with the amusement park and all the rides, it reminded me a bit of the Santa Monica Pier, which I still miss on a regular basis.
The weather was beautiful and it had been a while since we were at the beach, so that was a special treat. I always love to be at the ocean.
We walked around and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. The view was just amazing.
We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant on the Pier and then went back to the hotel. I was a little bit disappointed, because I wanted to take some kick-ass night photos of the lit amusement park, but by the time we left the restaurants, all the rides were closed already (and therefore, the lights out). Bummer!
The next morning after breakfast, I insisted that I needed to ride the gondolas. It just looked way too much fun to enjoy the view from above the heads of everyone else. It was a short 10-minute glide over the beach, but we had a nice view from up there!
Before heading home, we drove up Highway 1 to Half Moon Bay in order to enjoy a little bit more of the beautiful view of the ocean.
Other good things this weekend:
sleeping in ♥ a letter in the mail ♥ take out ♥ fresh sheets ♥ crafting ♥ licorice ♥
How was your (long?) weekend, peeps?