Santa Cruz Eats and Redwood Greatness
one of the ideal ways to spend a day in santa cruz
We hopped into my trusty old Fiat and set out for the mountains. It was a Saturday morning and we were heading to my old stomping grounds in Santa Cruz to spend the day hiking, breathing in the fresh mountain air and tickling the fuzzy redwood bark. Of course, as we zoomed closer to the coast, winding through highway 152, finally hitting the legendary highway 1, the blanket of California fog began to engulf my warm little pod of a car. Temperatures dropped from the 80s, as we passed through the boutique wineries of Gilroy, down into the 60s as we transitioned into the forests of the Santa Cruz mountains.
When we arrived at our destination, the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, the temperature was perfect for a scamper through the redwoods. And so we went, hopping on rocks over the flowing creek, feet crunching on pine needles, taking in the greatness that is Northern California.
It was a pretty perfect day. I'll definitely try to duplicate this artichoke mushroom lemon-zest flatbread and what better way to wash it down than with a delicious IPA. Until then, check it out at West End Tap!