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The Santa Cruz Sandhills: Windows into the Miocene

05 | 23 | 2019

In between Bonny Doon and Scotts Valley, small windows into the Miocene Epoch pock the Santa Cruz Mountains. At first glance, they might be easy to dismiss — barren stretches of sand occupied by hardy, arid chaparral scrub or pine. Yet look a little closer, perhaps as you hike…

The Santa Cruz Wine Experience

02 | 25 | 2019

It’s organic––of wine, relationships, and terroir When I’d mentioned to family and friends that I would be taking a wine tour with The Santa Cruz Experience on a weekend when Santa Cruz faced yet another heavy rain, everyone said the same thing, “That’s a perfect way to spend a rainy day!” Indeed. The drizzly day began…

World and Wilderness Youth Leadership Development

02 | 22 | 2019

Looking for the right blend of nature engagement, educational mentorship, and most importantly, fun for your youth? Then it may be time for them to enter the WYLD; World & Wilderness Youth Leadership Development. Offering programs from Orange County to Santa Cruz, WYLD is a growing program that offers guided adventures in some of California’s…

Mountain Parks Foundation & two State Parks

02 | 21 | 2019

The Mountain Parks Foundation supports two iconic California State Parks in Santa Cruz County; Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Boulder Creek and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton. Established as a non-profit group in 1973, MPF is among the earliest California State Park Cooperating Associations. Since then they’ve worked to provide support in the…

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…

Tripping out at the Mystery Spot

11 | 02 | 2018

Off the beaten path, way off. 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. Even the rumored reasons why the laws of physics don’t seem to apply here are suspect––like…

Bigfooting — Science on the fringe?

10 | 24 | 2018

As a relatively new resident of Santa Cruz, I have a lot to learn––like the Santa Cruz Metro bus schedules, how to catch the perfect wave, planning beach hikes around King Tides, not getting sucked into Fata Morgana illusions while sailing the bay, the best crab bait, and the art and science of bigfooting. I…

Fall Wine Tasting in Watsonville

10 | 05 | 2018

Did you know that most wineries are closed on Sundays after September 1st? We didn’t. So, when we set out Sunday to go tasting, we had no idea that it would be our first foray into “Off Season Wine Tasting”! After realizing that most wineries were closed, we found two winery websites that indicated they…

Hakone Gardens — Tranquility in the City

09 | 22 | 2018

On the edge of Silicon Valley, nestled among state and county parks in Saratoga, lies Hakone Gardens the oldest Japanese estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a tranquil journey to ancient Japan’s storied past through…