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Robert Louis Stevenson’s Year in California

By Ryan Masters If Robert Louis Stevenson  had surfed, he would have scored. He was more or less an actively failing writer when the train dropped him off among the sand dunes and oak scrub outside Monterey, California in August 1879. Autumn is the golden season for surfers in California. Large swells frequently pound the coast between […]

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Hail to The King Tide!

Every year it happens three times, usually in December, January and February: extraordinarily high (and therefore extraordinarily low) tides. We call them King Tides, and here in Santa Cruz, it’s become a favorite winter pastime to take a stroll down West Cliff or East Cliff under a moody winter sky and see the treasures the […]

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Backpacking Beer & Other Outdoor Gifts

Got a special recreationista on your list? Get that boy or girl something good this year! We’ve got stuff related to biking, surfing, backpacking, climbing and seeing in the dark. Plus enjoying a cold one after a long day on the trail. Check it out: Moved By Bikes Surf Racks & Dog Runner Grommets, dog […]

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San Lorenzo Park: Bowling on the Floodplain

All of downtown Santa Cruz is essentially built on the natural floodplain of the San Lorenzo River. Structures to control flooding along the river have been built since the 1860s. Bulkhead Street, just north of the clock tower, occupies the exact ground of an 1860s era bulkhead or dyke meant to keep water out of […]

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‘Girls Rock’ Women’s MTB Ride Sunday!

  Take a break from the holiday crazy and get some fun in. The last Girls Rock ride drew 70 women together to storm the heights of Wilder Ranch State Park—a sight to behold! Tomorrow, Dec. 14, the looks to be a smaller group but no less fun. The ride takes place at Fort Ord, […]

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Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: What’s going on with Fukushima radiation?

By Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 p.m., the first of three sequential disasters struck the northeast coast of Japan. The first was a magnitude 9.0 earthquake generated when the Pacific plate slid west beneath the Eurasian plate along a subduction zone 45 miles offshore. This was the largest earthquake […]

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Holiday Weekend Jollies

This weekend—the one a couple of weeks before Christmas—is one of the best of the year, in our opinion. Why? Because it’s busy but not yet insane, festive but not yet annoying, jolly but not yet hysterical. So seize the day! Tomorrow two of our favorite places are throwing holiday parties. The first is Wilder […]

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Pineapple Express: Santa Cruz County weathers severe storm

By Donna Jones, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> The Pineapple Express barrelled through Santa Cruz County on Thursday, bringing torrential rain and fierce wind, swamping roads, toppling trees and taking out power. But county residents proved tougher. “I don’t mind,” said Mirna Guerrero, getting soaked as she filled sandbags to protect her mother’s downtown […]

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