Cyrena rescued me with another long day out, this time in the Santa Cruz area. I drove up and over a small, windy pass and down toward Cyrena's childhood home on a grey, cold, rainy morning, dreaming about promised baked goods from Companion Bakeshop.
The next stop was Wilder Ranch State Park, which is still a working ranch with a few animals near the water. The buildings are beautiful and well maintained. It was here that the sun made a valiant effort and came out fully, increasing my happiness level quickly.
We drove up into the hills to check out the UC Santa Cruz campus, which is many, many acres of redwoods and cow pastures, with about a dozen small colleges tucked here and there into the trees. The emphasis there was definitely on the outdoors.
We headed off to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to ogle the trees and sniff the cool piney air. We saw a massive banana slug and a herd of deer (much needed sighting by Cyrena!)
After clambering back up to the top and walking along the clifftop for a bit, we headed back into town and called it a day. A very, very good day.