I don’t think I have ever mentioned this before but I really like living in California.
This is the view we had as we were driving down the coast from where we were camping (Half-Moon Bay) down to Santa Cruz for a beach day.
No drive along the coast would be complete without stopping in Davenport for our Fish and Chips. These hold a special spot in my heart. We took our friends for their first time and they also agreed that these fish and chips are the best food on the planet.
We made it down to Santa Cruz and it wasn’t exactly beach weather so we just hung out and took naps on the beach (or attempted to take naps on the beach but a certain somebody wasn’t in the mood for a nap).
ALWAYS a good sign when you go out to eat somewhere…. if there is a crowd. Eat there.
I am pretty sure this place (Mariann’s) has at least 100 flavors of ice cream to choose from and after sampling ten of them I decided on the caramel fudge crunch and the oatmeal raisin cookie dough flavors. Billy had raspberry cheesecake and blackberry.
I am still kicking myself for not getting it in a cone because how amazing does her cone look. You live and you learn I guess.
Today is a rest day for me which is perfect timing because the three of us all slept 10.5 hours straight last night… camping is quite tiring it turns out and there was no way I was going to be getting up early this morning:)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!
Looks like SO MUCH FUN!! I am NOT a camper but that might about have me converted ;)
I used to live in Oceanside so I know what you mean! Cally views are GORGEOUS!!
Yummy ice cream…can we be friends? :)
Again, I’m jealous of where you live because of the places and restaurants in your area! Plus, you get to go to the beach whenever which is a dream of mine. Maybe someday! It must have been pretty cold since Brooke has her winter jacket on! At least she’s stronger than Billy ;-)
Adriana @Laced Up With Lipstick
The fish and chips look amazing! And Bangs Friends cone looks yummy! I hope we get PCS’d to Fort Irwin, if we do I’m going to run as many trail races in Cali as I can and eat at all the places you mention!
Looks amazing. We’re planning to go out for ice cream today. :)
Looks beautiful and like so much fun!! Totally glad you enjoy living in Cali! :) I wouldn’t mind living there either I don’t think! ;) Beats Ohio! ha!
Have a great rest day!
As usual you seem to always have the best food!! Enjoy your weekend!!
Holly @ Healthy Living Holly
california is indeed a beautiful place to live! i can imagine the camp sites there are fantastic :)
ps i now have a serious craving for ice cream. soooo good!
I’m all about Ice cream places with lots of flavors. I usually get them in a cup with a cone on top because I’m afraid I’ll get jipped if I get a cone. Best of both worlds. Today marks the end of my 2 weeks without running. I think I will get Ice cream to celebrate.
Gorgeous! I would love to be able to go to Santa Cruz for the weekend. So jealous!
Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
That beach scene looks GORGEOUS. I recently just discovered that the ice cream place from my childhood has a different location about 10 minutes away from my house…commence excessive ice cream consumption for the next, well, forever.
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Oatmeal raisin cookie dough ice cream sounds amazing!!!
Lived, was stationed there for 5 years in Cali!! Loved it!! Have lived in 2 states since. Found out weds we are moving to Kansas City, sniff sniff!! Anyone know anything about the area?? I’m gonna need a new running friend!! Sure am gonna miss my group!!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
If it weren’t for the crazy high cost of living, I think I’d love living in California too. ;) It sure is beautiful and there’s lots to do! Your ice creams all sound amazing!
That looks amazing!
Laura @ Live, Run Sparkle
Looks like a great weekend!! I need to try those fish & chips, delish!!
Ashley @ Workout to Wineglass
How incredibly beautiful! I love visiting CA, and can’t imagine what it would be like to live surrounded by such sights every day. Different from Alabama for sure.
I am so excited to see the pics from around Half Moon Bay, specifically. I will be doing my first race in CA ever — the Half Moon Bay Half Marathon — there in September!!
Hey there! I’ve been following your site for some time now and failnly got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic work!
California is pretty awesome!
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Aww you guys on the beach look so adorable!! Have to get myself to the beach this summer, its hot here!
I love California. Enjoy it. I am hoping to be there this Christmas. I get to take my husband there for the first time!!!
Have a great weekend.
Meaghan @ Tale of Two Teachers
That looks awesome!! I love living on the west coast in general but would love a little more California sunshine then we get here!
Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes
Mmmm caramel crunch sounds amazing! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
What amazing scenery!? It seems like ya’ll had a great weekend!
Britt @ BrittsRunningStyle
Sounds like you had a great time! I would so have gone with a cone too. Yum!
Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
That ice cream looks divine! I love traveling to Cali on business & enjoying the scenery & food! We also spent 9 amazing days in Yosemite. Spectacular!
Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
Oatmeal raisin cookie dough ice cream!? Swoon. I have been ice cream obsessed lately and feel like I need to find this flavor asap.
Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now
Wow all that food looked really good!!
Lauren @ The Highlands Life
Goodness, that is a gorgeous first picture. I wouldn’t mind that view. Not. At. All. So glad you had such a fun weekend!
Beth @ Running with the Sunrise
I’m jealous of your awesome views. Makes me miss living near the ocean. And now I’m craving some ice cream. :) Few things are tastier than real ice cream hand crafted in small batches.
Looks beautiful there!!
My husband keeps trying to tell me that California is where we should go when we retire (I’m still holding out for Hawaii!!).
Allee @ Griselda Mood
I swear whenever I am craving a dessert or food, I check your blog and have a picture of it! That ice cream looks like something I need right this minute!
Emily @ Running for Boston
I need to come visit California – haven’t been out there in about 20 years!
For dinner, I went to the Hofbrauhaus in Chicago. If you don’t know, a big biergarten to go to in Munich is the Hofbrauhaus Das Original. It’s fantastic – I was there in Spetember. The one ‘in Chicago’ is bizarre – it’s not actually in Chicago but Rosemont, a weird convention center type suburb out by the airport. You really have to search for the Hofbrauhaus as their are no signs whatsoever.
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
Ahhh makes me want to life in California!
In May we took a trip to San Fran and had to make a trip to Davenport to get the fish and chips after seeing it on your blog! It did not disappoint and the drive was spectacular!
Debbie @ Deb Runs...
Your view of the Pacific is beautiful! I loved running along the Pacific Coastal Highway when I ran Big Sur!
char eats greens
Oh my goodness…the ice cream ALL looks good. I should probably go eat some more this evening now! haha
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Oatmeal raisin cookie dough? Ahhh my favorite cookie turned into an ice cream! But I definitely agree with the cone bit… I always go for a cone because of that last bite – there’s nothing quite like it.
Love those fish n chips too! And I think we were at Marriane’s with my sis on the same day! Wish I would’ve bumped into you to meet you in person!! Next time you’re down, go to Zachary’s for brunch. That’s what we did/do on Saturday :)
Gina @ LifetotheFdegree
That ice cream sounds amazing…I have to find it! :)
kate: nervous in oz!!!
Id love to hear more about life in CA and the transition! I’m about to move from my beautiful Australia to n. cal and as awesome as it looks, i am SCARED!!! Please tell me it’s amazing and people are great?!!!
The Hungry Runner Girl
It really is so amazing and so great! What city are you moving to?
Brooke @ Running In Heels
I am officially so jealous of your life!
YUM to that ice cream and YES to the cone next time! Always better on a cone! I love a good waffle cone that is dipped with sprinkles too ;) those are the best!
Ahhhhhhhhh I would love to live where you live!
Oh my god, this is weird. I was at Marianne’s too on Sunday and saw those same bunch of guys out in the lot! We must have been there at the same time. I was inside w/ my family chowing down on my caramel fudge ice cream. I would have loved to meet you in person! So funny!
I MUST have the oatmeal raisin cookie ice cream. Immediately! :)
Yum- I always love sampling at ice cream shops, haha!
Oh my gosh I wouldn’t been so mad if I got a cup. Oatmeal raisin ice cream?? That is crazy!