|View from cliff walk, Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz, CA|
|Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park|
The next morning we took a hike among the redwoods in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Our trail took us down a steep hill lined with ferns and other plants and then followed the river that flows along the bottom of the valley and eventually into Monterey Bay.
Our friend’s house overlooks Natural Bridges State Beach. On one side is a sandy beach facing the large rocks after which the park is named. On the other side, shallow pools with a variety of sea life are exposed at low tide. Before leaving Santa Cruz we scrambled down to the tide pools to see what we could find and discovered various sea anemones, a multitude of mussels, and other ocean life.
|Tidepool with sea anemones|
It had been a long time since our last visit to Santa Cruz many years ago. This trip made us realize that we should visit more often!