We weren't planning to spend time at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. We needed to get to Monterey so we would have enough time to explore the Monterey Bay aquarium. But as we drove through downtown Santa Cruz and watched the Big Trees & Pacific Railway drop off excited tourists near the bright and colorful boardwalk, I begged Bradford to find a parking spot so we could get out too. We put 30 minutes into the parking meter and walked around in the sun while I snap-snapped away. I felt like I was in a photographer's paradise. The contrast of the palm trees (my favorite thing to photograph) against the bright, colorful fair rides with the beach in the background was just so happy and bright and wonderful. It felt like the epitome of summer.
*This post is part of a series chronicling our two-week road trip vacation through California, Utah, and Nevada. Click here to read about our other road trip adventures: