5 Unusual Things to Do In and Around Santa Cruz

5 Unusual Things to Do In and Around Santa Cruz

True California beach towns are going extinct. All up and down the coast, former strongholds of surf and bohemian culture are being transformed into exclusive neighborhoods for wealthy transplants. Five-star restaurants have been replaced with taco stands, while million dollar mansions now loom where beach bungalows once stood.

However, there are exceptions to this growing rule.

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Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

I’m not sure if it’s missing the midwest snow, dreaming of mountains, or too many Hallmark movies that take place in lodges, but I’ve always wanted to spend the holidays at a mountain lodge. After staying at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite, I see why; it’s magical!

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To Raft or Not to Raft...

The Killer Kern. That's what they call it. The Kern River has claimed over 280 lives since 1968 and another 8 this summer alone.

When story after story started coming out about the extremely dangerous water levels this year and the accidents started piling up I had some MAJOR second thoughts.

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Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

I've been afraid of almost everything I've done on this show which has made it all such an epic adventure and helped me grow so much as a person. I try to stick within my safety limits and hover right between exhilarating and scary. Little did I know a place like Pismo Beach would push me right to that edge!

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American Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

American Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

Let's see, I love October, dancing, food, and beer, so when I wanted to create an episode that encapsulated a fall adventure, finding a local Oktoberfest seemed a winning choice.

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Big Bear Adventure

Big Bear Adventure

If skiing and snowboarding are your thing, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer great ski/stay packages and between the two have 34 runs of all different levels. Since I’m not exactly what you would call “coordinated” I stuck to the kid-fun and went to Snow Play for some snow tubing.

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This Will Not Kill Me

This Will Not Kill Me

I am not a runner. I have sports-induced asthma and couldn't run 2 miles last year when I started training for the Hollywood Half Marathon. It was something on my bucket list and I cried when I finished that race.

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From Saddle to Paddle - Kayaking Marina Del Rey

From Saddle to Paddle - Kayaking Marina Del Rey

One of my favorite things to do is go to sites like Groupon and Living Social to find new adventures. There's always something completely random like pilot lessons, race car experience, or hot air balloon wine tasting.

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