We’ve been in California for almost 5 months. We love it here: the diversity, the mountains that dive into the sea, the food, the roads, the options. But… we are California’d out. So much so that last week we almost dumped our plans and headed to Sedona for two weeks. This is the first Spring since we moved to Colorado in 1998 that we haven’t been to the desert. We miss open spaces, free camping, dirt, blue skies, and good mountain biking. But… we decided to stay on track. We wanted to see friends in San Francisco and the thought of detouring thousands of miles
This is our third time in Santa Cruz. I want to love Santa Cruz. What other town has surfing, mountain biking, road biking and a college vibe? My outsiders take is this – it’s like the town has both too much character and none at all. Everything seems stuck in the 80s. Buildings are rundown, roads are poorly planned to get from point a to point b, people are in a hurry, and it’s big and spread out. The “normal” people and active types are mostly overshadowed by homeless people and stoners/heroin addicts. Everything just seems a bit “dirty” here unless you are actually biking
Ok I admit it, we are singletrack snobs. Having lived in Colorado for so long we’ve ridden some of the sweetest trails in the continental US. Areas like Crested Butte, Fruita and even Moab are less than 3hrs away. So it seems every year when we haul our MTBs out to California we are dissapointed with the trails here. So much so that this year we considered not even bringing them, they just sit on the back of the camper for a few months getting trashed waiting for us to head home via Sedona, AZ. Boy are we glad we changed our minds. We had
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living with less. When you live in 200 sq. feet you are always evaluating what you really need and purging. I actually love purging and get a slight high when I throw or give things away. But living in a 27 foot trailer with 4 people, a dog and hobbies is not living simply. It’s better… It’s living intentionally and with purpose. But it’s complicated and sometimes hard and not at all simple. Here are a few ways we live purposefully but definitely not simply: Bikes/Gear We have 6 bikes and 1 Strider. Well we had 6 bikes
So we found out when Lars was about 12 months old that he gets car sick. Not on normal roads, he can cruise down a highway all day long but once the road gets twisty or bumpy it’s not good! We actually made it through the whole month without incident. A rental car to a remote beach on dirt and sand, taxi ride and a shuttle bus (twice) on rough dirt roads. No problems at all. Then it came time to take our shuttle to the airport in Liberia to fly home. We got about half way through the hour drive and it started. He
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here playing, working, and living! Kalden has been LOVING his surf lessons and having the same “coach” for the entire time has really allowed him to progress with each lesson. We decided to go to Kelly’s surf shop across from Witches Rock and those guys are great. On Kaldens final day his coach told him “no more baby” waves and he got on this. It’s great to see your kid learn and improve. On our last weekend we treat ourselves to a day at Club de Playa Hacienda Pinilla. We took a Shuttle bus from Tamarindo to Playa
A quick one minute video of our visit to Playa Conchal yesterday. The entire beach and sea bed are made up of crushed sea shells (hence, the name).Pretty amazing and surprisingly it does not hurt to walk on. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and gets to #optoutside today for some fun and adventure.We’re going surfing!