Josh and I (mostly I) like to complain about our lives…being adults, having to work 40 hours a week, missing pieces of being in college….but over the last 3 weeks, we have had NO excuse to complain! First, family came to visit, then we went to Yosemite, and this weekend, I surprised Josh with a 2 hour drive down to Santa Cruz for his birthday.
Josh and I really love celebrating our birthdays. Neither of us are the type who go around a week before our birthdays and let everyone know that our big day is coming up, but we LOVE having a reason to go do something fun together. Josh had been to Santa Cruz once and loved it and I had never been, so, I thought it would be fun. And let me tell you, it is now my favorite place (by far) in Northern California.
It has the feel of a So Cal beach but it’s got Nor Cal flava. It’s also funky and weird, which kind of reminded me of Portland. I loved it. Tons of interesting people, artists, college students. It had a lot of energy. When I was walking to meet Josh at a shop, I passed an intellectual looking guy with a little table and an old school typewriter who asked, “Can I write you a poem while you’re waiting?” We watched a 30 year-old-hippy guy with long, wavy hair, wearing bright muscle pants, and no shirt with a chest that read, “Hugs are Free”. He was dancing to his friend’s live music and hugging any passerby who would give him one. Haha. It was awesome. We had a great time.
I mostly just took pictures of the oh so fun “inn” that we stayed at for one night. Pretty much. I’m a selfish wife and somehow found a way to plan a birthday for Josh that I think I enjoyed as much, if not more than him! =).
None of the rooms have a TV (which we thought was so cool) but the innkeeper let us borrow this so we could watch a movie when we came back from exploring the city). We brewed our complimentary “organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee” and watched “Rendition” it was so much fun.