It all started with my former work place starting to plan a reunion. I haven’t seen some of the people in a very long time so I was totally down for the idea. Things were planned, dates were set and Rob and I secured the time off of work. Long story short, the dates kept changing and it got to the point where I didn’t trust that we could purchase non refundable airfare. Since most of the people in the Reunion still lived in Phoenix it was easier for them to adapt to the changing dates, but for us, we needed a locked in date so we could fly in and get hotels.
Finally I said screw it, we can’t wait to book airfare but I don’t feel comfortable plunking down a wad of cash on tickets since the dates kept changing. Rob and I opted out of the reunion.
Since we still had the days off of work approved we began to plan a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Well, when the PT Cruiser(our reliable car) died right before the trip, that kind of put an end to that.
Enter, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We’d gone there a year and a half ago and had a fun time. We figured what the heck, why not? It also worked out nicely that my friend Michaelle had scheduled her C-section in Santa Cruz the day before we were going to be there so I would get to see her and the new baby.
Woke up on Wednesday morning, took the dog for a long walk and then finished packing. By eleven we had dropped the dog off at the vets to board him and were on the road. Santa Cruz is only about an hour to an hour a half away so it didn’t take long to get us there.
Our first stop was Dominican Hospital to see the new bundle of joy.
After a short visit we left. She had a lot of family there and I didn’t want to hog her and the baby so it was off to our hotel.
We chose the Ocean Pacific Lodge for our hotel. It was the same hotel we stayed in the last time we were in Santa Cruz because we liked it so much the last stay and the location was within walking distance of everything that we would need.
We arrived about an hour too early for check in so we decided to hike over to the beach and see about getting some lunch. I went down to the beach for a second to take some pictures because I could.
The last pic is the restaurant/bar that we decided to have lunch at. We ambled inside and waited for about ten minutes before we even got menus.
Then once we had the menus we didn’t see anything particularly good and the waitress was taking forever to come over to even take a drink order. End result? We left and hit up this little deli/pizza place on the way back to the hotel. It ended up being pretty darn good.
After we were done eating it was time to go check into the hotel. The last time we stayed here we had a jacuzzi suite that we didn’t ask for or pay for so I knew it wouldn’t be quite as good but it was still nice.
We chilled in the room for a while, swam in the freezing cold pool and hung out in the hot tub before heading out to get our dinner at the same mexican food place we ate the last time we were here.