Mr. Klondike spent Saturday busily expanding his territory to include the beautiful, bohemian and often brainy beach town of Santa Cruz, home of University of California at Santa Cruz, a famed boardwalk, incredible beaches (including one where Hawaiian royalty fare first said to have introduced surfing to the mainland) and a good handful of tech startups. Just goes to show that Santa Cruz Pier isn’t a famous wharf and boardwalk, it’s a misspelling of a great breed!
The morning started with the annual Santa Cruz Christmas Parade Staring Klondike and West Coast Great Pyrenees Rescue.
In the Staging Area
The March Begins
Mr. Klondike Meets, Greets, and Speaks With His Fans Along The Route
Post March Group Shot
After the parade, Klondike and his support staff enjoyed delicious cookies (OK, Klondike got some cheese) and hospitality (thanks for Patti and Richard) and at the home of a Santa Cruz Pyre family, and of course some great conversation.
And then, it was time to move onto one of Santa Cruz’s famed dog beaches, Lighthouse Field. Unfortunately, Mr. Klondike’s support staff had never been there before, and the map on Yelp was less than precise, so the excursion included an extra couple of miles of walking, but the weather was just perfect, and there were some cookies to be burned off. It was a great beach, by the way. Beautiful and full of friendly dogs and people. There seemed to be plenty of parking. Here’s a map.
Klondike Enjoying The Beach And Making New Friends