Sunday, June 29, 2008

Odds & Ends From Our Santa Cruz Trip

This ride is the "Cliffhanger" and it's a lot of fun.




It is as close to flying as you are going to intentionally get in an amusement park. Note, the dude in the middle pod on the top, looks a little like Vincent D'Onofrio.



Here is the bluff, overlooking the Boardwalk from the north. There are some nice hotels and motels up there. There is one in particular that is under renovation and it has given me a great idea for a story. The apartment building down below is also very inspirational.

I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
"This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"







Actually, I didn't hear a mission bell, Don Henley, but I did hear Sublime, the first time we walked by. It wasn't colitas I smelled either, but raggediest of ragweed. Yet, La Bahia apartments are a fine representation of the Spanish Colonial-style and they definitely give off a Hotel California-vibe.







Nice balcony, eh? If a great writer is not among the current tenants or has not ever lived there before, it's not the fault of the building, for it teems with motivation...or is that Ghost of Unrequited Writing Past?




Here is a bed and breakfast on the left, a new townhouse condos with a Victorian flair in the middle and a railroad bridge on the right. At the bottom of the pic you can see the dedicated bicycle lane along with the rubber baby buggy bumpers...I mean, the rubber bumpers to keep cars off of bicyclists.


There are somethings that Santa Cruz does better than any other city in California and this dedicated bike lane with protection, is one of them.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Quin Browne said...

you've sold me on your end of california...

i have to visit that area... la is just a great big freeway, you know,

Sun Jun 29, 07:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Quin,

It's beautiful...and incredibly expensive. Even Santa Cruz, though we're not quite at the Manhattan level, just yet.

San Jose is very much like Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in layout and traffic. It tends to be five degrees cooler and is even cooler in the winter than the Southland, though air quality is slightly better.

Sun Jun 29, 04:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jewgirl said...

That hotel is beautiful and so vinty inspirational.

Mon Jun 30, 08:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jewgirl said...

ps: he does look like vincent d'nofrio.

Mon Jun 30, 08:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger BeckEye said...

Vincent D'Onofrio?? Did you ride that thing so many times that you couldn't see anymore?

Mon Jun 30, 09:14:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Katie-lah,

Isn't it, though?

"ps: he does look like vincent d'nofrio."

I'm glad that you and the ghost of Stanley agree.

Becky,

Your reply, Miss B.

Mon Jun 30, 10:13:00 AM PDT  

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