We’ve been to a few beaches in the Santa Cruz area, and so far Seacliff State Beach is my favorite option when thinking about a place that works great with young kids. Ample parking with a $10 fee (this is important, we spent an hour driving down with a different beach in mind and the parking lot to that one was already full!), paved path down to the beach with no stairs (we took the stroller and dragged it across the sand), real bathrooms, and a half-sunken ship off the pier. If you’re driving down from the peninsula on the weekends keep traffic in mind, since warm days make pretty much everyone feel the need to splash in the waves.
We were set to meet up with some friends (she let me try on her Google Glass the other day, and you can follow her adventures using them via her Glass Momma facebook page) but we left late, and they couldn’t stay long. Still manged to take some pictures though. There’s always time for pictures.
Beach time isn’t the same as the trips I remember from college. With two kids we play man-to-man (so much for “relaxing” on the beach), dragging our stuff out through the sand leaves us huffing (and sometimes bickering), and when we leave the car is filled with sand.
Still, it’s worth it.
Lately I’ve been handing over the camera to T1 to let him take some pictures. He took the two below, and I’m proud of how good he’s getting at holding the heavy camera up to his face and looking through the viewfinder. Right now I’m choosing all of the settings, letting him spray-n-pray, and editing heavily to make the pictures work, but I think there is great potential for him in the future! I would love to have the kind of family where any of us can pick up the camera and take a picture and do a great job.
I’m still working on TH (he doesn’t get excited about photography at all), but he took this one, which I love. Can never have too many photos of me with my babies.