Monterey & Santa Cruz

We’ve been on the road for a couple of days, heading up Highway 1 to San Francisco… We stayed in Monterey on Thursday night and played mini-golf (US for crazy golf) – 18 holes in black light with all the obstacles and balls glowing up in the dark. I started well (beginners luck/fluke), but then Ise got a couple of hole-in-ones and rapidly over-took me and Kit to win 7 under par!

Yesterday we stopped off at Santa Cruz (a little seaside town, where the Lost Boys was filmed) and had a wander around the amusement park. It was so tacky – full of dangerous-looking rides, arcade machines and smelt of sugar everywhere (toffee apples, ice-cream, soda) – we loved it! Especially loved the Sky ride, which went from one end of the front to the other and back again – great views of the beach and the rides below. One teenage guy passing us had the right idea of how to make the most of his trip – he shouted at bikini-clad girls below; “Ladies! Hey ladies!! Wanna hang out?!”

We also took the 17-mile drive near Monterey and stopped off for a picnic at a scenic spot where there were very cute creatures (I think they were chipmunks – perhaps you know?) that were brave enough to come up and take pieces of bread and crisps out of our hands. I think they ate more than we did and they certainly annoyed the nearby birds who were neither brave nor cute enough to get fed by us!

More news and pictures of San Francisco soon…
Love Gude x

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4 Comments so far

  1. mum on June 21st, 2009

    The sky ride looks fun but I’d be worried about my flip flop landing on someone’s head. Did you clench your toes the whoe way?

  2. Gude on June 21st, 2009

    i was worried too, so i took them off! put them back on at the end :o)

  3. luke on June 21st, 2009

    ha ha, you did the crazy golf at santa cruz. how awesome was that glow in the dark section?! proper 80s dayglo!

  4. catrin on June 29th, 2009

    ahhh we encountered these cute furry creatures in Arizona and one of them ate most of the croutons from my salad. Greedy little furballs, very tame. Our one was a Harris’ Antelope Squirrel but yours looks more like a Rock Squirrel (Spermophilus variegatus)although not 100% sure. Chipmunks tend to have stripes running down their faces and bodies and are a little bigger than a fat hamster.