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    Spring's almost here!

    We've been enjoying a brief period of extremely nice weather
    lately. It's weird in the trees are green but the debris is as
    heavy as late fall.

    I stopped a few blocks from home to drop off the dry cleaning
    and have a cup of coffee before setting out. The street the
    coffee place is one becomes a Farmer's Market on Saturday.
    Very often, there's live music. Today, the 3Amigo's performed
    folk music. I wish they sold CD's. The couple of songs I listened
    to were full of wonderful harmony.



    Flower and vegetable vendors abound.





    The 3Amigo's...



    One last stop and only because the samples were soooo
    good.



    This last stop fouled everything up. Ended up with several
    selections of this wonderful cheese. Kbasa, if you're in the hood
    you should swing by the Spring Hill Cheese Company.

    A quick stop at home and I am off.

    Today takes me to New Almaden. History buffs will recognized
    the name as the township where Quicksilver was mined. Many
    of the creeks in the area are still affected by the runoff and
    marked as "unsafe" on the many crossings. New Almaden is
    located South of San Jose yet seems hundreds of miles away.

    I stopped over looking the reservoir at one of the few places to
    pull over on this dead-end road.



    The town is a sleepy little place full of victorian era homes that
    line the streets.

    After a very brief tour, I was back to the road that would take me
    through Uvas Canyon and past the many Santa Clara County
    reservoirs.



    Mckean Road is popular with the Harley crowd. And for good
    reason. It's a nice relaxed road that allows you to enjoy some
    of the rural areas of metropolitan San Jose area.

    Soon, the road connects to Highway 152 which leads to the
    coast.

    Now, when I left, it was well on the way to 70+ degrees with
    not a cloud in the sky. Hold that thought.

    152 winds past the Mt. Madonna Inn. Some might remember this
    from my "Phil's Seafood" report. As it passes the Inn, you're
    treated to a beautiful view of the Watsonville area.

    After gassing up in Watsonville, I decided to check out a couple
    of the state parks in the area. I stopped at Sunset Beach to
    look over the camping facilities. What's nice about this place is
    that it's small and attracts mostly tent or small self contained
    RV's. Plus, it's at the beach.

    This road leads down to the beach. And yes, that is fog and it
    is misty. Remember what I said about the temps leaving home?



    Next to the park are fields of flowers and strawberries. Hmmm...



    I chose to head up the coast through Santa Cruz and home.



    When it's hot in the Valley, people head to the beach. It was
    reasonably nice in Santa Cruz but let's just say I should have
    brought something to wear under my 'stich. Stopped briefly
    for a cup of coffee at the Whale City Cafe in Davenport before
    heading back over the hill and home.

    I'll definetly make New Almaden and Quicksilver Park destination
    rides in the next few weeks. Lots of very local history. And, I
    learned a very important lesson. Take extra clothing lest you
    freeze along the way

    Ian

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    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
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    Is that theme park/roller coaster Magic Mountain?
    -=Brad

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    Originally posted by BradfordBenn
    Is that theme park/roller coaster Magic Mountain?
    The coaster is "The Giant Dipper" at the Santa Cruz Beach
    Boardwalk. It's all wood and a fantastic ride.

    Ian

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    Originally posted by ian408
    The coaster is "The Giant Dipper" at the Santa Cruz Beach
    Boardwalk. It's all wood and a fantastic ride.

    Ian
    I love wooden coasters. Must add that of the list of places to see.
    -=Brad

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    I am sure you have done the beast and son of beast at Kings Island then?

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