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Byrne-Milliron Forest

Adventure | Corralitos

Hakone Estate & Gardens

Culture | Saratoga

Arcangeli Grocery/Norms Market

Food+Drink | Pescadero

Inn at Pasatiempo

Lodging | Santa Cruz

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Bottle Jack Winery

Wineries | Santa Cruz

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Sandhills and Sand Chaparral Communities

Banana Slugs

Coast Redwoods

Madrone & Manzanita

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Guide To Goat Rock

A great staging ground for a number of adventures, from bouldering to rock climbing, day hiking to backpacking, and even birding. The crown jewel, Goat Rock, is a limestone formation that is typical of the park’s geology and the splendid vistas boast one of the absolute best views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Hike to Berry Creek Falls

One can experience an excellent hike to the iconic Berry Creek Falls by hiking a 9-mile out-and-back trail from Big Basin HQ. Of course, the full splendor comes on the 11-mile loop, with three additional waterfalls, all of them along the spectacular Berry Creek Falls Trail.

Hunting for Banana Slugs

Banana slugs are fascinating, even mesmerizing to observe in person. Watching one slide its way down a portion of a miles-long trail or up the side of a towering redwood is a meditative experience. However, despite their low speeds, they’re not always the easiest organisms to track down.

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That’s My Park: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

01 | 13 | 2019

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is a local non-profit that supports 32 California State Parks from Watsonville to Half Moon Bay. Founded in 1976 as the Monterey Bay Natural History Museum, the organization has evolved...

Local Gifts & Souvenirs at SCM Clothing

12 | 14 | 2018

Looking for some locally made gifts for the holidays? Visit SCM Clothing in Ben Lomond for artisan jewelry, clothing, stickers and much much more! Located next to the gas station across from Coffee 9.

Tripping out at the Mystery Spot

11 | 02 | 2018

Perception is reality, but at the Mystery Spot, everything seems unreal. One minute the person next to you is shorter, and the next they’ve grown taller––balls roll uphill, and chairs stand on walls.

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