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Travel writing about my hometown, Santa Cruz, California.

Bouldering at Castle Rock State Park

Rock climbing. Over 4.6 million people tried this sport in 2015 and the numbers have only increased in the last few years. If you’re one of the newly converted rock climbing enthusiasts in the area, you should definitely check out bouldering at Castle Rock State Park.

Land of Medicine Buddha and the Eight Verses Trail

Walking under the canopy of redwoods, you’ll find the Eight Verses written in beautiful script on signs posted every 15 or 20 minutes along the trail. They are the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Langri Tangpa, and each verse is accompanied by an explanation of its meaning by the Dalai Lama. In front of the verse is a teak bench for visitors to sit and contemplate the words.

Abandoned Lime Kilns in Santa Cruz County

If you’ve ever hiked in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you may have wandered upon these abandoned stone structures. The grey bricks decaying over years of neglect, the bright green moss reclaiming their surfaces, the iron gates rusted beyond mobility.

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