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!

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