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McNee Ranch and Montara Mountain

A steep hike and ocean views near Half Moon Bay at McNee Ranch State Park. Hike to the summit: 8 miles; 4 hours; 1800 ft elevation gain; strenuous. by L. Clark Tate Eugene Kim photo McNee Ranch, a tangle of hiking and mountain biking trails across the street from Montara Beach, feels a bit lawless. […]

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Celebrate Wilder Ranch Tomorrow

Story and Photos by Molly Lautamo It’s easy to fall in love with Wilder Ranch State Park. The park tells a gripping tale of the interaction between humans and nature connecting us all to this swath of unique land. To tell this tale, Wilder Ranch has for years been a model state park, offering guided […]

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Surfing Notes: Coldwater, Mavericks Opening Ceremony on tap this week

Titans of Mavericks opening ceremony set for Friday By Sentinel staff Event organizers have made the official call for this year’s O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational, with surfers scheduled to compete Wednesday and Thursday at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. Competition will begin between 7:30 and 8 a.m. both days. Wednesday has the best forecast with […]

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Santa Cruz’s Early Parties: The Venetian Water Carnival

The Venetian Water Carnival was an annual event along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, California, from 1895 to 1927. It was based on water carnivals in Venice, Italy. The City fathers hoped it would bolster the idea that Santa Cruz was the “Florence of the West.” At a time when hardly anyone had […]

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Tomorrow the Sun Goes Dark. Almost.

According to National Geographic, when the deepest, darkest part of the moon’s shadow—the “umbra”—aligns perfectly with the sun we get a total eclipse. This Thursday, Oct. 23, we’ll be seeing the moon’s wider shadow cone, or “penumbra,” cross the solar disc, so—not that perfect alignment. Nat Geo says this is a great warm-up for the […]

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With the Legend at Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Championships

by Ryan Masters The last time I had competed in the Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Championships, Ronald Reagan was president, my wetsuit was DayGlo yellow, and Def Leppard dominated the Billboard charts. Today, I was slated to compete in the Men’s Senior Division. Unbelievable. At 8 am sharp the contest began. On the beach, I watched the […]

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Giant Concrete Arrows Across the United States

In terms of leaving a signature mark on the landscape the Egyptians built the pyramids, the Romans built straight roads across Europe, the Chinese the great wall. Here in the US we have…70-foot concrete arrows all across the country! It’s really true. There were 1500 of them built between 1923 and 1933, to guide pilots […]

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Sign Up for Ano Nuevo E-Seal Tours Tomorrow. Do it!

Male elephant seals get to 16 feet long and weigh 5,000 pounds—females are a petite 8 to 12 feet long and 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. They swim 13,000 miles a year (longest mammal migration on earth) and dive 1,800 feet to feed. And beginning in December they call Ano Nuevo home. If you have never […]

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