What do your mini getaways look like? For us it is filled with plenty of diverse things. It is always a mixture of nature, historic, and unique places. We usually can cover or do a variety of things in 2 days. We get up early and are usually one of the first to arrive to our destinations. If you want to learn the secret to seeing more and experiencing places without the crowds and traffic then wake up, leave, and arrive early.
Here is a peek at what our mini getaways look like.
Redwood Grove Trail
Whenever we are surrounded by Redwoods we always feel so small and we realize how big our world is. This 3/4 mile trail is short but oh so gorgeous. This is the only remaining old-growth grove in the area and it is has such a wonderful gated dirt trail.
Felton Covered Bridge County Park
This bridge is pretty covered up and because of it has a larger life span to it than the ones that are not covered up. It was built in 1892 and is about 80 feet long. These covered bridges helped protect pedestrians, wagons, and horses stay dry. We were so glad to see how well it has been preserved.
Located: Graham Hill Rd Felton, Ca 95018.
The Mystery Spot
If you live in California you are sure to see a car or two driving by with a bright bumper sticker that says Mystery Spot. The reason so many drive with these on their car is because they give each person who go on the tour one for free. Now that’s free (or very cheap) advertising if you ask me. 🙂 This is our third “mystery” experience. They are way too cool. The only down fall to it is that you might feel dizzy or feel sick once you see it. If your kids are learning about gravity, velocity, or height then you sure want to bring them here. There is a new tour every 15 minutes and tickets do sell out quick so if your planning to come here reserve ahead of time or you’ll be waiting for your tour 1 hour or more.
Mt. Madonna Park
It has been said that Sarah Millers ghost continues to wander the hills of Mt. Madonna. This small girl who was only 8 years old was thrown from her horse when the horse stumbled. Poor Sarah got crushed by the horse. We have stayed in yurt #128 twice and we have not seen any ghosts here. It’s a great place to stop by and spend the night without bringing your tent. It’s also surrounded by nature.
Sunset State Beach
This was probably one of our favorite experiences at a beach. We got to see a seal up close. We’ve near seen sea dollars in California before. Now I know that there are plenty here. Many of them were broken but it was nice to find them. The sky was beautiful the day we went. We came early which was so wonderful because we were one of the few who were enjoying the beach that morning.
Located at Sunset Beach Rd, Watsonville, Ca 95076
Mission San Jaun Baustista
We always visit the Missions of California whenever we come across them. We have shared a post with previous missions we have visited. Click here. This is the 18th mission established (June 24,1797) in California. You definitely want to see this mission because it is the largest of all the missions.
We love picking our own fruit. Every year we try to pick blueberries, strawberries, apples, boysenberries, olallieberries, oranges, and lemons. This ranch has so many seasonal fruits you can pick. This time we picked olallieberries and boysenberries. We had a great time picking so many of them too.
Located at 55 Peckham Rd Watsonville, Ca 95076 call (831) 722-1056 to find out what is in season for picking.
Olalliesberries and Boysenberries Pie
Esther made a pie out of the fruit we collected. It was so tasty. She blows my mind away with her baking abilities. The video is a bit long but below you can see how you make your very own pie as well.
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