It was a long three day weekend, so we spent the days and the evenings exploring the California coast. Sunday was reserved for Santa Cruz (hi Nadia!) and we headed down despite the rain.

My favorite place for brunch there is Linda’s Seabreeze Café. It’s a small restaurant in an old house. There’s a wait on the weekend (just put your name on the list inside), but there’s benches where you can wait and self-serve hot coffee to make the waiting tasty and fun. It’s like sitting around and just enjoying your morning coffee with friends.

I just got the potatoes this time (topped with all kinds of goodness), but usually I like the omelette with Ortega chiles. They serve yummy homemade salsa with everything and the cinnamon rolls are to die for delicious (none of that overly sweet, overly frosted stuff; these are the real deal).
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From there we headed over to the winter Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We walked the length of the foggy grey beach (which was so beautiful) and then wandered the closed up stalls looking for color and snapping some photos. I brought my little Golden Half plastic film camera and took tons of photos. I don’t know if they’ll turn out, but it was fun taking the chance. It’s such a small and cute little camera.

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It’s fun to see this place in the winter. And even though all the rides are closed, we played some Air Hockey and ogled all the games in the arcade.Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us

It rained a bit, on and off, which was beautiful. I know it’s harder to get outside when it’s raining (boo), but when you do it’s always worth it. Everything is oh so pretty in the rain.Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us

We wandered around downtown Santa Cruz for a bit, too. I usually love the Penny Ice Creamery for delicious flavors of homemade ice cream, but we were still full from brunch and decided to skip that treat this time. Despite the cold, the line was still out the door.

We also wandered around Bookshop Santa Cruz, which has to be one of my favorite independent booksellers in the Bay Area. Although I’m a library gal through and through (free books! no storing read books!), there’s always so much to learn from wandering around a book store. I have this habit of snapping photos on my phone of all the books I want to remember to read; there’s nothing on the Internet that replaces recommendation shelves from bookstore employees and of course their Best Sellers shelves. I also love that this shop sells local authors’ books on consignment. How cool is that?! Anyways. You should visit here and you should shop here. Buy Local! as they say. 🙂

Some books I’ve loved recently are: The Orphan Master’s Son, All the Light We Cannot See, and Between the World and Meif you need some recommendations!

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These snaps are from UC Santa Cruz, just up the hill from the downtown area. We went because that’s where Nadia is living and studying, but I really do love the area. I can seriously imagine loving to live there. All the trees! And a view of the ocean! So beautiful.Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us

We drove home towards Half Moon Bay as the sunset and dusk started. It rained the whole drive home, which was magic. I made Sam get out and run to the Shark Fin Cove overlook in the rain. It was damp and beautiful and we had the whole place to ourselves. I’ve never seen the water that high there before. Worth the muddy damp stop. Duh.Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us

I am so in love with everything about the next two moody photos – probably my favorites from the day and even my favorites from life in a long time. They make me feel all the feels – love for this guy, love for the rain, love for adventure, love for Sundays. You know how that can be. <3 Santa Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.usSanta Cruz California as a part of a Highway One Roadtrip in California // WeAreAdventure.us

And there we have it. A very perfect Sunday in Santa Cruz and adventures on Highway One. A wonderful day to spend a day of your three day weekend. Thank you, California!

See other Santa Cruz posts here, Half Moon Bay posts here, roadtrip posts here

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