Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz, California

The day after Christmas, we decided to get some Pacific Ocean into the mix.    Our original plan had been Ano Nuevo State Park, which has a colony of elephant seals.    Because it’s breeding season, you have to go on a guided tour, and because we weren’t sure of the weather, by the time we could commit, the tours were booked.     So we consulted a book of San Francisco area walks that C had taken out of the library, and found Wilder Ranch instead.

This was a beautiful walk – nice and easy – super family friendly.     There were also pelicans, and harbor seals, so I really feel like I got my wildlife fix.

I’m also really happy we got to Santa Cruz.     We stopped there for lunch, and wandered around the downtown a bit, and we all really enjoyed it.   It’s a nice little city – a great antidote to all the suburbia we were stuck in the middle of where we were staying.

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