Santa Cruz (US&C)

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Friday, April 25, 2008

"A Classic Beach Town with a Boardwalk and Surfer Vibe"

Growing up, so very long ago, LOL, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in Santa Cruz, California. You see, the company my dad worked for owned a trailer home. Not the kind that actually moves around, but the kind that stays in a "park." I think the right term would be a manufactured home.

Anyway, the first one, in the early years, was in Santa Cruz. The second one, was in Aptos, which is right next to Santa Cruz. Both were very nice. We always had two one-week vacations a year there, plus multiple week-end trips. So Santa Cruz really was my second home.

I often got to take friends or nieces/nephews who were close to my age with me. We always had one pizza night at a real pizza parlor (i.e. not a chain)...do those even exist any more? For a special treat, on occasion, we got to go to The Shadowbrook restaurant where you can take a cable car down to the restaurant itself, and a tree grows right through part of the building. Sometimes we'd go to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk...where there were rides, and saltwater taffy, and of course, the beach. We cooked in most of the time though, since we had a full kitchen. Part of the excitement of getting ready to go was always packing all the food.

It was really a great place to stay; it was like a little house. Not at all like a hotel or motel. My parents had their room; I had my own room. The second place in the later years, had a community pool too. The only thing was that most of the other tenants in the trailer park were old, and I mean *very* old. And what that means is that we didn't get to have much fun in the pool as kids. But, oh well, I survived. We were at the beach most of the time any way.

And it's so strange thinking back to those days in the sun, those days *without* sunscreen of spf 30 or higher! We wore NO sunscreen back then. I never was one to like baby oil, so I didn't really do that, but I didn't have protection against the sun and its ever-so-harmful rays either. Of course, now you're crazy if you let your kids go to school without major sun block on.

Despite the blissful ignorance back then about sun damage, those were some good times. Long days at the beach, or a day at the park, or running around town to places we liked to go. I always enjoyed seeing the free spirits that still roamed the area too. You'd think it was still the 60's or early 70's. Hippies abounded. I haven't been to Santa Cruz in quite some time; I suspect it has not changed though. I hope not.
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