Our Weekend As Santa Cruz Slugs

Last year we went to Monterey, California for our family trip to the ocean. This year, we decided to hit Santa Cruz, California. Home of the Banana Slug mascot.

Since we are now homeschooling, we decided to incorporate as many “learning” things as we could into this vacation.

So we visited the Seymour Center at Long’s Marine Lab where the girls were able to pet sharks, starfish, see dolphins, and learn about the bones of a grey whale.

We looked at trees and other plants at the UCSC Arboretum (not as much fun as seeing animals).

There was a visit to the Santa Cruz Mission.

Of course, we had to inspect the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach.

There was a trip to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center.

We walked along the wharf (and sat on the sign).

Of course no trip to Santa Cruz is complete unless you spend a day at the Beach Boardwalk. Little people really loved the rides. Me? I was happy to watch.

Then we played at the beach. My favorite place.

I was granted a night out to visit with my friend Christine (The Aums) who was a huge help in planning my trip and she brought me liquor balls (OMG AWESOME!). We enjoyed a few cocktails at a dimly lit bar where we saw some colorfully drunk people. Unfortunately no pictures were taken but I did write down the ingredients from my cocktails. Priorities, right?

If you are ever looking for a place to vacation along the NorCal coast, I highly recommend Santa Cruz. I’ve been going there since I was a kid and I love it. And so did my kids. We’ll be back. Soon (I hope).

Joining The Funk and The Mash for #iPPP as some of these pictures are from my iPhone.

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Hi and welcome! My name is Jessica Torres and I'm a homeschooling mom of two adorably insane girls on the path to greener living. I'm also self declared iPhone addict and lover of all things Apple. When not attached to my kids, my iPhone, or my laptop, you can find me creating cocktail recipes. Subscribe by RSS Feed or by email to join in the fun over here.

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53 Responses to Our Weekend As Santa Cruz Slugs

  1. Julie says:

    Your girls are so beautiful and bright! Looks like a fantastic trip.
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  2. Galit Breen
    Twitter: galitbreen

    Oh, that looks like so very much FUN!

    (That’s right near my old stomping grounds! So very many memories there!)
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  3. Alison says:

    That looks really, really fun. Also, nice weather!
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  4. LOVE Santa Cruz :) Hubs & I went to the area for our honeymoon, spent a day pretending to be banana slugs – this post really took me back! Thanks for the smiles!
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  5. Susi
    Twitter: bocafrau

    Looks like you guys had a great time. I really want to see some tide pools one of these days.
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  6. Greta
    Twitter: gfunkified

    What a fun trip! And oh my gosh, you crammed a lot of learning in. Go you! Great pictures. And jealous that you got to meet Christine! (what in the world are liquor balls??)
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  7. That looks awesome!!! And, I’m so jealous you got to hang out with Christine!! I want to meet you both some day!
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  8. Mirjam
    Twitter: applesndroses

    Okay, both your girls are beautiful. There’s no doubt about that.
    But what’s up with little miss photogenic?!! The camera is loving her! Really.
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  9. Barbara
    Twitter: babspinfrance

    That looks like a great trip!!
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  10. Christine @ Quasi Agitato
    Twitter: csiracusa

    Great pictures. What a photogenic family.

    I’m sure you already know Jessica from the blog Close Enough. She’s been homeschooling for several years now. She may be an interesting person to talk to. Plus, she’s awesome.
    Christine @ Quasi Agitato recently posted..Cocky Mom Rides Again!

  11. angela says:

    Amazing trip! It is NOT a weekend trip for us, but I wish it could be.
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  12. Mama Pants says:

    I love all of this. It looks like you guys made many many memories on your trip :) And I’m always a sucker for the “feet in the surf” pics. Love it.
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  13. Nicole says:

    That looks so fun. What a great place!
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  14. Tonya says:

    Looks like a fun weekend. I have never been to Santa Cruz, but have always wanted to go.
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  15. Sue Robinson
    Twitter: MotherhoodnMe

    Yay Slugs! My college mascot. I am so glad you guys had a fun time. SC is the best.
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  16. Kimberly says:

    I have nevre been there but I’d love to go. How about I sign up for your schooling and you can take me there. Promise that I will be a good student who will fetch you drinks all day.
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  17. Amanda Austin
    Twitter: Amandaaustin

    What a fun trip! Your girls looked pretty excited for that historical site ;)
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  18. Jamie@SouthMainMuse
    Twitter: southmainmuse

    I’m terrified of the homeschooling thing…but I get the beach thing. I grew up going to the beach too. Only been to West Coast beaches once in my life. Neat how it is so different. I need to visit more beaches in this lifetime.
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  19. Elena
    Twitter: elenawollborg

    So fun! I’d actually never even heard of Santa Cruz until I saw someone vacay there this summer on instagram. I think it would’ve really been awesome if you hopped in that boat ride at the boardwalk.

  20. Alma says:

    Looks like it was a great learning experience as well as a great time. You have a beautiful family.
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  21. Loved meeting you and your beautiful family in person…Kicking myself for not getting a picture! But where’s your shot of the shuttle?! You have to post that one! Glad you’re enjoying the liquor bombs…maybe they will inspire a future martini?
    Christine@theaums recently posted..Socialization Smocialization

    • Jessica Torres says:

      I forgot about the shuttle shot but I do have it saved in my photos.

      And I think I need to find more of those liquor balls to get some martini ideas.

  22. marie says:

    Cool, Santa Cruz was my beach growing up, went to the Boardwalk many a nights. We had to take crazy Hwy 17 to get there, yikes.

    It’s so nice that your trips don’t hinder on the girls school schedule.
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  23. Julia says:

    Your vacation looks beautiful, that’s so nice that you got a night out with your friend.
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  24. Kimberly
    Twitter: KimberlyAMuro

    I’m kinda jealous. I want to hang out with you and enjoy a cocktail. And what’s a liquor ball?
    Kimberly recently posted..Essence Of Now

    • Jessica Torres says:

      Maybe at BlogHer13 we can get cocktails.

      It’s a chocolate ball with liquor inside. It’s like a mini version of heaven.

  25. Natalie
    Twitter: corp2domestic

    Your girls are getting so big! I love all the pics…looks like a great time!
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  26. Robin | Farewell, Stranger
    Twitter: FarewellStrangr

    You’re the best teacher ever! :) That looks like a really fun trip.
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      According to my kids I’m not a very good teacher and everything is my fault.

      I think I like your opinion better.

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