Weekend Road Trip: Capitola

Capitola California

The sun is shining here in the outskirts of Mayberry. And, it’s also nice and warm. Birds are chirping, plants are budding, and I actually think I saw a butterfly fluttering in the back yard. Now I’m ready to pack up the SUV and head out on a real road trip. As always, California comes to mind, especially the coastal area just west of San Jose. So, lets take a ride over the Santa Cruz mountains and re-visit a quaint little beach spot I just happen to enjoy very much – Capitola.

Capitola, California is located in Santa Cruz County on Monterey Bay. In the early 1960s, a large group of normally passive birds began attacking Capitola residents and tourists.

Nearby Santa Cruz was a favorite vacation spot for a well-known movie director. He read about the bird attack and decided to make a movie about it. The director’s name was Alfred Hitchcock. The movie – The Birds.






One of my favorite spots in the world – Half Moon Bay, California

4 replies
  1. V.J.B.
    V.J.B. says:

    I don’t know why you think Capitola is the artichoke capital of the world – it’s not. But nearby Castroville is. It’s about half an hour away from Capitola, and not on the ocean.

  2. Terry Odell
    Terry Odell says:

    Hi Lee – I think you neglected to mention that Capitola is the artichoke capital of the world (not to be confused with Gilroy, which is the garlic capital).

    We’ve arrived safely in Colorado – are renting a teeny tiny place while we look for a permanent residence. I’ve been posting my own real-life Road Trip on my blog over the past 2 weeks, but not all that many pictures. Hard to do at 70+ mph. But, while we were in transit from Orlando, our son provided some fantastic wildlife shots from his trip to … drum roll … Florida!

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