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Last Monday was Memorial Day.
Which means, NO WORK FOR ME!
Which also means, I call my parents and ask them to take me on an adventure!
AKA, they drive.
It works out well.
Anyway, my favorite "I don't have to work today" adventure is heading to Santa Cruz.
Spring, Fall, Summer or Winter.
It is a happy place.
Unless you go in summer, the whole Boardwalk will be shut down.
But come summer, the Boardwalk is bustling!
Anyway, my parents have a way of doing things. They are weird like that. But I roll with it. After all, they are buying me lunch, ice cream, churros, and a few rounds of Ski Ball!
They park a gagillion miles away. Up a mountain.
And apparently, I just learned this time, my dad doesn't like corndogs. TRAVESTY.
Sidenote: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has THE BEST corndogs in the world.
But only if you get them right under the Hurricane roller coaster. Trust me.
So, instead, they always eat on the Wharf.
Mom requires a window table.
Getting a table with my mother, is quite the process. I won't go into it here.
But we get one. And love watching the sea lions float by. And sometimes an otter too.
Usually there are some surfers in the distance. And a few boats.
It really is gorgeous.
Anyway, we had a nice lunch on the wharf. And after that visited the noisy Sea Lions floating on the docks. I seriously love these guys.
After that, we headed to the Boardwalk.
The place just SMELLS yummy.
We walked through the arcade and my mom REALLLY wanted to play air hockey.
But it was a holiday. And the arcade was seriously louder than being front row at a concert. I could not handle it. So we kept walking.
My mom wanted to pop into all our favorite stores. Which I gladly complied.
And then she wanted to play Ski Ball.
You may not know this, but I'm pretty good at SkiBall.
I am not Words With Friends good. But I am decent.
On one dollar of tokens, I got 25 tickets. Woot! Which meant I got three jelly bracelets, and a clacker toy.
Yeah, I know. Be impressed.
After that we just hung out on a bench, and did a lot of people watching. While inhaling the deliciousness that wafted by.
My mom kept offering to take me on a ride, but I was really just enjoying sitting in the sunshine.
Mom and Dad got chocolate dipped cones (I was holding out for Marianne's on our way home - another Santa Cruz MUST DO).
But I did indulge in a churro. And got this epic picture of a churro.
I mean, if there was some kind of contest for the artsiest churro pic, I think this one would win. By far. Don't you agree? Blue Ribbon Certified.
Anyway, after enjoying the sunshine. And, some chilly wind. We started making our way back to the car.
But not without first picking up SIX corndogs to go.
And some salt water taffy.
And of course the stop for ice cream at Marianne's on the way out of town.
In case you were wondering, I got Burgundy Cherry.
And it was SO GOOD.
I guess as a kid Santa Cruz is all about the rides. And the beach.
And as a grown up. It's about the food.
Either way, it is FUN FOR ALL! :)