Friday, August 7, 2009

Santa Cruz

We spent three nights / two days in Santa Cruz. We enjoyed dinner with Colin (from Mamabird) at Johnny’s, dinner with some old friends the Wipkes at Shadowbrook in Capitola, and our son Paul and his wife Lynda came down for a day at the beach. Their dog Thorin celebrated his first birthday being introduced to the sand and surf. Unfortunately, after they left we realized we had left our camera in the trunk of their car, so no more pictures for now.

Santa Cruz harbor was interesting. Our slip was right behind Johnny’s fish restaurant and right next to a loading dock for receiving fish. One morning some local bait sellers cast their net in the marina right across from us. We watched them haul the net in and then go over to the fish dock. We walked over to see what they had hauled in – they had two tubs full of beautiful 8” sardines. Now we know why there were so many seals cavorting in the fairway of the harbor. We also watched a group of guys offload 6000 pounds of kelp that they had harvested (in an hour and a half!). Although there was a bit of a language barrier (we really need to start listening to those Spanish tapes), we think they said they were taking the kelp to an abalone farm, and that they do this three times a week. It’s fascinating how some people make their livelihood.

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