The weather was picture perfect too. Lots of sun and temperatures in the high 60’s and low 70’s.
The ride down took about 4 hours and the only real traffic was near Los Gatos going over Hwy 17.
We thought it an accident but turned out just tons of people going to Santa Cruz. All in all a nice drive down. We got there and set up in out spot.
We did both realize that we really are going to have to get a new/used trailer as this one has seen better days. But we do still love it and it has taken us lots of places. At New Brighton, there are showers and bathrooms so a tent trailer works fine.
The view from the upper cliffs in the campground.
We had lots of good food. The first night was beans, macaroni salad and hot dogs. The next night we had BBQchicken/tofu, twice baked potatoes from Gayles and salad. We had a pizza night order but it was terrible. Do NOT go to Village Pizza in Capitola. The last night we had bean tacos with trimmings. A lodge dinner would have been fun but I hadn’t really planned it out.
Another view from the bluffs.
Tuesday we drove over to Santa Cruz and walked the lighthouse trail.
This where the surfers go in the water to catch waves.
Nope, not a surfer:)
Gayles was great and I bought a bunch of treats to bring home including a loaf of their Capitola Sourdough sandwich bread. Delicious.
Today is my last shot of this round. Velcade Round 4, shot 3. I plan on putting together a falafel dinner so my son can cook that up later. I’ll take Dex after lunch.
The weekend will be low profile as I’ll be out of it tomorrow. Sunday I’ll do my Flylady chores.
We had a great time. Our spot was level and out of the way. We didn’t have an ocean view but could walk to the overlook and see. Our next time here we do have a premium spot( has an ocean view). These are really hard to book. It looked RV city over on that side. Of course, there were the monster children whose parents think that camping is an excuse for their kids to run wild.
We spent time down at the beach walking and of course, B and I walked every am. Although not getting up at 6am.We went to the store 2 x and the big hit was going to the Santa Cruz Farmers market. That was fun.
Plus we hit up Gayle’s for rye bread and a few sweets. If you’re ever in Capitola, do not miss Gayle’s . It is absolutely wonderful food and a great bakery.
It took us 4 hours to get home. WE had light traffic thru San Jose and Stockton and even Sacramento.
We are packing up most stuff today in the tent trailer and then tomorrow we’ll pack the Santa Fe. We have really learned how to minimalize our camping food, equipment etc.
For instance, we use to pack everything under the sun including all our food. Now we just do basics like cream, butter, eggs(our own). Then as we plan a meal, I’ll go to the market. In Capitola, where were camping, a Nob Hill is maybe 3 miles away. So if we’re going to do grilled chicken, I go get it plus whatever else. It really makes it easier. Now if we were boondocking somewhere remote this, of course, wouldn’t work. But we don’t tent trailer that way. If and when we get a hard body, I would definitely do some different style camping. Or when we go up the coast to Bodega Bay to camp, there are no stores nearby. There is a tiny market but it’s more for travelers. At Bodega Bay we do pack a lot more.
I do plan out our dinners and this time we’re using the Lodge every night. I have one night not planned and we may do something else. So far here’s the menu:
Lodge dutch oven mac and cheese and a salad
Lodge dutch oven pizza( we did this at Tahoe last year and it was great)
Lodge dutch oven chili and cornbread vegetarian( I might cook up a small amount of beef but I’ll wait and see how we feel)
Lodge breakfast casserole
Lodge lasagna( this is the fall back meal if I want to cook a 4th night)
Lodge double stuffed baked potatoes is a possibility too.
I usually buy packaged salad and that is a side.
I’m off to the gym this morning and then to Grocery Outlet for a few things. If you get a chance go read this blog frugaltexasgal
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