Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Santa Cruz

Our first Saturday in California we decided to take a day trip to Santa Cruz (about 30 minutes away). The weather in Santa Clara was wonderful, mid-70's and our iPhone's forecast said that the beach wouldn't be any different. So we had some breakfast and made our way down the beautiful highway to eventually be so excited at the sight of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. 

We walked down the entire pier and spotted some sea lions that were trying to get cozy on a crowded wooden ledge. They weren't the most pleasant smelling of creatures, but Maisie loved all the barking and burping. When we finally reached the end of the pier we noticed tons of commotion, people trying to make their way to the front of the pack and occasionally start oohing and awing. We managed to get a peek and sure enough a pod of humpback whales were feeding in the bay. Unfortunately, we couldn't time our camera right when they surfaced, so no whale pictures, but we managed to take a couple through out the day.









A couple days after our beach trip we saw this on Yahoo news:

The Pier in the background is where we were standing. They have paddle boards and kayaks to rent so you can paddle out and watch the whales from only a few feet away, but as you see in this video, you could be just a little too close. We joked about renting a kayak, but since Maisie is still so little we decided to hold off. Thank goodness!


  1. what beautiful photos! This is way random but I saw you commented on Cup of Jo's blog for her necklace giveaway...and thought I'd let you know I'm doing a similar giveaway with a VERy cute personalized stamped necklace!

    You should come check it out...hey two entries is better then one right?! :-)