I've reposted this in honor of The Anderson Family who will soon be moving to the Santa Cruz area, a place that holds so many happy memories for us. Here's to you, dear friends!
On Saturday afternoon, Dan and I strolled along the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, bought two tickets, and rode THIS. This
is the Giant Dipper, built in 1924, and the site of many childhood
memories for me. During the summers, my family spent two weeks in a
cabin in nearby Scotts Valley, and a highlight was always our visit to
the boardwalk. That and our multiple screaming plunges down that big ol'
roller coaster. It's red, white and made out of wood...a roller coaster
purist's dream :)
Soon after our ride, our college kid called my cell.
"So, you and dad rode the Giant Dipper?"
the boardwalk, we headed over to Steamer's Lane to check out the
lighthouse/surfing museum, and watch surfers from a nearby cliff. The
water looked crazy deep but the waves ran long and smooth, and one
surfer in particular was quick enough to catch several (seemingly)
unending rides. Best free entertainment of the day, I tell you!