I might come back with another post or two about my trip to Europe, but for now I'll talk about my trip down the coast towards Santa Cruz this past weekend. I have done this trip many times. My best friend studied at UC Santa Cruz and I visited her there often at the time. And once she moved up to the Bay Area proper we often made trips down the coast to Santa Cruz to visit.
Our regular route is across the 92 to Half Moon Bay and then south. There is a lot to do on this little stretch of coast, and lots of cool beaches right on the side of the highway to stop and hang out at. But what prompted this trip was my desire to go pick berries at Swanton Berry Farm.
U-pick service for some of their crops depending on the season. Right now they have strawberries and blackberries. I think they are known locally for the olallieberries, but I missed the season. Next time. Later in the year they also have kiwis to pick. Yum. My best friend couldn't come, but it was easy finding volunteers.
Arcangeli Grocery Co. to try the artichoke garlic herb bread. This stuff is amazing. I always get one loaf to eat on the drive and at least one to take home. There's also the Bonny Doon vineyard for some winetasting and the giant haybale maze at Arata Pumpkin Farm. And of course don't forget to stop at one of the many beaches to eat your bread, berries, and drink your wine.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
wikipedia parts of the plant are edible, but I'm not sure I'd rely on wikipedia to know what's edible and what's not.
Rapunzel got her name in the story. While Rhinanthus minor is hemi-parasitic (i.e. getting some of its nutrients from neighboring plants) like our Indian paintbrush.
this website about Alpenblume, or Alpine flowers. It's searchable by color, month and size of blooms.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
So one of the reasons I haven't been blogging lately is that I was in Europe for 2 1/2 weeks. I went for a friend's wedding and to visit several other friends, so I had a wonderfully busy time. One of the many highlights was a 2 day hike in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. We parked in Lauterbrunnen and then took a gondol up part of the mountain and then were on our way.