Mini Vacation in Santa Cruz, CA

Orca Whale Near Santa Cruz, CA

My daughter and I just got back from a little mini vacation in Santa Cruz, CA. I had no idea there were so many things to do. One of the highlights of our trip was the whale watching trip. I was smart and took some motion sickness medicine which worked wonderfully. We saw so many whales! Including this guy. Officially an Orca Whale, but I always call them killer whales. He was traveling with 3 other whales and we managed to get a good look at them all. In addition to the killer whales we also saw humpback whales and a minke whale.

We also spent some time on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I got up my nerve and went on the Classic wooden roller coaster, The Big Dipper, twice! It was a lot of fun. I did not buy the picture of me looking like an idiot screaming on the roller coaster!  I did buy fish and chips for the two of us and we ate on the beach while watching Chinese acrobats.  The contortionist made my back hurt!

In three short days we also managed to get in a little beachwalking, we looked at tidepools, and a lighthouse, and we visited the redwood forest.

A good time was had by all, and I am happy to be home!

Need a New Way to Waste Time?

I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I also haven’t been exercising, or doing housework, or even watching as much TV as I normally do.

I found a game on the internet, and it has just sucked me in!  I hate it when that happens.  And so, I am going to share it with you.  Maybe it will suck you in also and then we can form a clan. That might be fun. I’m not sure yet about the benefits of a clan but we can figure it out.

Improbable Island is a text based game.  Not too many of them out there any more but this one is pretty good.  Something like the old Zork, (are you old enough to remember Zork?), but with point and click instead of trying to come up with the right words and phrases to get your character to do what you want them to.  Being text based the action is actually much faster. You don’t have to wait for the animations during the fights.  What I really like about this game is there is nothing to download!

During the game you travel to different cities which you can explore. You can buy things, get married, fight with other players.  You earn “requisitions” by  fighting monsters, or by attacking other players that are silly enough to go to sleep without depositing all their reqs in the bank.

It really is  a lot of fun, and I would like it if you would use this link to Improbable Island and play at least to level 8.  I can earn points for every person that signs up, and if I get enough points I can pay to have my name turned RED in the game!

I am at level 13 now, and when I get to level 15 I can fight the improbability drive, so I better get moving!

If you have never played a text game you will be pleasantly surprised.