After lunch we headed over to the Wilder Ranch State Park near the UC campus. When I went to school there, the Wilder ranch was still a ranch, but in the 90s was donated to the state and now is over 10,000 acres of protected coastal bluff, forest and beaches. Santa Cruz is really quite well-endowed, with parks nearly circling the town for miles around. The park was having a big celebration with period-costumed docents and kids events going on all afternoon. We hung around for a bit of that and then headed off to walk the bluffs.
|Horse-drawn wagon rides
|Blacksmiths demonstrated their skills
|Of course, fields full of pumpkins
|Field of rosemary, with scarecrow