Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Road Trip, Part II: Keeping Santa Cruz weird...

So, on the way to Carmel-by-the-Sea we decided to drop by Santa Cruz, specifically Downtown (via Pacific Avenue).  Lots of shops and well, it's Santa Cruz, what can I say.  I was struck by a t-shirt in the local independent book store that declared... "Keep Santa Cruz Weird."  It sums it up well and I just went with it.  So here are some of the sights I found along the way:

At the intersection of Front Street and Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful Otatea acuminata ssp. Aztecorum 'Mexican Weeping Bamboo' I have ever seen.  Obviously, it is the ideal weather to grow this variety.

A street performer on Pacific Avenue.

A lonely, but beautiful bamboo planted to soften the side of a building along Pacific Avenue.

A campaign bus for 'Lemo and Chongo for President 2012'.

Santa Cruz is a unique and eclectic place that actually makes for a nice stop.  We enjoyed stopping by for a couple of hours having some lunch and check out the local shops. Hopping in the car, next stop is Carmel....

More on Carmel in a future post in a few days...

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1 comment:

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More) said...

Great photos! The otatea is stunning. Makes me want to go Santa Cruz just for that!

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