This Labor Day weekend we took a quick trip down to Santa Cruz to camp one last time before the rain starts and to see some parks we have heard about, but never visited. We set off without much of a plan down Highway 17, only to have our Labor Day adventure quickly hindered by traffic, but we detoured down Highway 9 and it was a great way to see the tiny Santa Cruz mountain towns! We blew past Big Basin State Park, thinking we would go back if Henry Cowell was full, which it was, but then we followed signs to another camping place and were mislead by a historic railroad park, a reservoir with no camping, and a boy scout camp. Labor Day was not going so well, but luckily the nice kiosk lady at the reservoir directed us to Bob's Pine Grove, which was basically this old lady's backyard, where we camped within a couple miles of downtown Santa Cruz!
Bob's Pine Grove
Saturday night at the SC Boardwalk
Looking back from the Lost Boys bridge
Riding the Giant Dipper!
After the boardwalk we found the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery!
I tried their Ollalieberry beer!
John had a black IPA.
The next morning we went hiking at Henry Cowell SP:
Creepy trail napkin,
like something out of a horror movie
What a great little trip!