7:03 am - Sunday - 56º F, humidity 66%, wind 6 mph out of southeast.....heavy cloud cover......chance of rain 60%.
We essentially dedicated Saturday to visiting the coastal town of Santa Cruz located just 31 miles to the west of the San Jose Elks Lodge. Of course taking drive on a Saturday in the middle of Easter weekend on such a nice weather day probably means you will hit traffic, and heavy traffic we did encounter on SR-17, aka: Santa Cruz Highway. About 10 miles into our drive the traffic stopped, and then for about 5 miles we were stuck in 'STOP & GO' traffic.....kind of brought back unpleasant memories of my workaday commuter life in SoCal.
Eventually traffic did begin to flow once again as we made our way over Patchen Pass at some 1,808' above sea level, and then began the steep plunge on 7-8% grades to Santa Cruz and the ocean.
Of course, Santa Cruz was jam packed with the Easter weekend crowd, and parking was hard to find......there is no free parking, or lunch in Santa Cruz......everything is metered. We were slowly working our way to one of the large boardwalk parking lots when TLE's eagle eye spotted someone leaving one of the spots along the little side street we were on at the time.....we quickly slipped into the spot just a few hundred feet from the ocean, and paid for parking.....$1.50 for 60 minutes......we wanted to stay at least 3 hours......we had $2 in quarters.....these meters did not take credit cards, so we had to walk across the street to the arcade and exchange dollars for quarters.....