I’ve been focusing more on the video side of blogging recently. I wanted to share with you all my brand spanking new vlog around my hometown of Santa Cruz, California.
I spent a day filming around my favorite spots to give you a glimpse of Surf City USA from a local. If you enjoy the video, make sure to like it and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I’ll be attempting to do weekly videos on there from all over the world, so stay tuned!
You can’t go wrong with the little beach side town of Santa Cruz! Up until now, I’ve mainly talked about what you can do in the warm months to soak up those lovely rays of sunshine, but today I’m here to tell you that Santa Cruz is just as fun to visit in the winter.
When I originally contacted Brion about wanting to experience a cozy accommodation in my hometown of Santa Cruz for my short trip this winter, I had no clue how much of a quiet retreat I would find when I stepped into the Adobe-made house on Green Street.
I can’t believe this is my last Atlas Weekly! I started these in the summer as a way to reflect on each week in detail, to track any progress I made, and to be able to look back on daily life for at least part of 2015. I hope you all have enjoyed these weekly updates as well and the little touch of insight they give into my life right now.
When I look back on 2015 it is with fondness for how far I’ve come since I rung in the New Year at a little bar in Wellington, New Zealand. At that time, I had no idea what this year would bring, how many firsts I would have, and the amount of change I would experience throughout the year.
As you may have read from my last post, I am home!! Besides one set back in getting sick with the stomach flu, I’ve been enjoying my time at home, relaxing and catching up on everything I need to get ready for 2016.
As I wound through the dark redwoods on Highway 17 with an eagerness to get home, I couldn’t help but feel a certain gratitude. Santa Cruz is one of those places that can make me feel strong emotions no matter how many times I come back. It’s home.
There’s no doubt about it, Los Angeles gets a whole lot of flak. I’ve been around the world and I’ve heard people praise California, but they always have to mention their one exception was L.A. Yes, it’s smoggy, sometimes slightly shallow, and there’s a lot of traffic and bad drivers. If you can get past all that though, there are an large amount of activities and sights to see around the city.
I looked at our map which probably hadn’t been used since 1980. I traced my finger up the California coast through all the spots I knew so well and stopped just north of San Francisco. Point Reyes. It sounded familiar, a place that my friends from the Bay had mentioned countless times before, I’m sure, but one I had never ventured to myself.
With 570 breweries up and down the state, California has more craft breweries than any other state in the USA. Born and raised in California, it was also the place I had my first experience with craft beer – Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewery to be exact.