I tend to complain about tourists during Tourist Season. Not sure why so many who vacation to Surf City forget to pack their common sense.
On the flip side, I admit there are some really cool things to do here…and many of them are free.
Every Friday night during the summer there are concerts in front of the Boardwalk…right on the beach. From where I am it’s a short walk through the neighborhood and across the trestle, over the river to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
The concerts always bring a good crowd, but this week was something else.
The Boardwalk and the beach were packed to see the Gregg Rolie Band. As lead singer of Santana, Rolie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was also one of the founding members of the band, “Journey”. The band played songs from both and a few songs of their own.
(I feel as if I am about to start channeling an episode of Bond’s Tuneage Tutelage)
It was a very cool concert and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. A lot of people brought little picnics…with typical picnic treats…back at the ranch we had to satisfy the craving.
Another way fun event was the annual “Bikes on the Bay” Vintage Motorcycle Show. Hundreds of pre-1985 American, British, European, and Japanese motorcycles and scooters. It was pretty crowded around all the bikes and booths. Some interesting, some innovative, even some junk. Accessories, clothing, parts…and a really great BBQ with Marie Callender’s for dessert.
This wasn’t just a show for garage queens…there were quite a few street worn bikes. Here are just a few which caught my eye..
I have to admit…there really are a few good things about Tourist Season.