Santa Cruz, a stop on the Traveler’...
The Spring of the year, when the flowers bloom, the weather turns nice, and the great migration of people hit the streets of Santa Cruz. Yes, many travelers visit Santa Cruz and the population ebbs and flows throughout the year. This is most apparent in the fall, with the influx of new UCSC students, and also in the spring, with the influx of a wide variety of travelin’ folks. As someone who lives here year round, and not a traveler myself, I am not sure when people are coming from, or where they are headed. What I do know is they start to show up in Santa Cruz around March. You can tell who these folks are by the backpacks they wear and their style of dress. Many folks are the classic free-spirited modern hippies and don’t look like your typical tourists. With their long dreadlocked hair and loose-fitting clothes and interesting hats. These traveling folks like to hang out downtown for a few days on their way to somewhere else. Sometimes they stay longer, and sometime you only see them once. Many folks have a cardboard sign with vague descriptions like “NORTH” written on them. Many times these folks are traveling with an animal; be it a cat that rides on the top of a backpack, or a dog with a rope leash. What ever their current situation is, as long as they are traveling, Santa Cruz seems to have a gravitational pull that brings these folks from near and far. But I often wonder what their story actually is, where they are going, where they came from and why they decided to swing through Santa Cruz. Of course, I could always ask these folks and maybe I will some day. Until that time, I will just make note and enjoy the colorful characters that pass through this small town.
Here is a picture of Downtown Santa Cruz in the winter, before the influx of tourists and travelers have arrived.
The excitement of a new place
I don’t know about you, but I really like going somewhere new that I have never been before. It makes it even better if this is a new place I have researched and found on my own. Especially if, when I go to this new place, it actually turns out to be somewhere awesome. OK, let me clarify when I say new. I mean new to me. Obviously, pretty much everywhere you go, someone else has already been. However when I say a new place I discovered, I mean new to me. I think that is why I always have enjoyed looking at maps and studying them, as I am constantly trying to find that new and interesting place that I have never been before.
I actually just found a new place to hike about five minutes from my house, which is pretty cool. Even though these trails are official trails and open to the public, they do not really show up on any map, as they are on private property. The trails I speak of (well, actually just one main trail) are located at Mt Hermon Conference Center. This is a loop trail and it follows Bean Creek canyon which is filled with old growth redwood trees. It is pretty sweet and I have already been there twice in the last week to check it out.
The thing that trips me out is that I have lived in the area for 11 years, but it was only last week I found these trails. I guess my point is that even if you think you know it all, you need to keep looking, keep trying and stay hungry, as you never know what you will find out there. If you give up, and think you have seen everything there is to see, then you won’t find anything new. And finding new stuff (no matter what it is) is what life’s all about!
Anyway, check out the photo I took when I was on the hike and if you are local, go to the front desk at Mount Hermon to get a trail map and check it out yourself. Until next time… Peace!
Welcome to my blog!
Welcome to the first post of my blog. This is where you can get to know me, Greg Rose – Mobile Phone Photographer, a bit better.
First off, you should know that I use my mobile phone for all my photography. Why do I do this? Well, I guess the best reason is that I don’t have another camera, and I don’t know how to use the expensive DSLR cameras. Also, I always have my cell phone with me, so it is pretty easy to capture a cool image when I am out and about.
The final reason I like to use my mobile phone is all the cool and groovy photo apps available now. There are all sorts of cool photo apps with all kinds of filters to use. I like the filters and I use them in every one of my photos. Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram to see my latest and greatest photos. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon! – Greg