Today I mark three anniversaries: it was thirty-three years ago today that I graduated from Windham High School in Willimantic, Connecticut and began my ascent into adulthood (snicker), it is my six-year anniversary as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher with American Ambulance (yay!), and also the one-month anniversary of my time in Santa Cruz with Katherine, an amazing woman who lives in an amazing place. Guess which one I have a few pictures of?
No, no - that's not Santa Cruz in that picture above, that would be Aptos (I think) which is south of Santa Cruz (Katherine please correct me if I'm wrong!). On my first day in Santa Cruz, Sunday the 3rd, we took a drive along the coast and this was one of the places we saw. It was pretty foggy as it had been raining in California for an unprecedented number of days in honor of my arrival but it added a rather interesting, almost Hitchcock-esque feel to the area.
This is part of the infamous Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz where surfers wait patiently to catch a wave and sea lions bark loudly in the fog like flippered foghorns warning of the rocks ahead.
In spite of the chill and the fog and the encroaching darkness, men dressed as seals in black rubber wetsuits wait for the ocean swells that will take them on a ride across the cold waters.
Even in the fog, though, Santa Cruz has much to offer - especially when you've got an ace tour guide to lead the way! Come on back tomorrow and I'll take you on Day Two of my trip to the California Coast - one month to the day! Don't you love anniversaries??