Last year I was able to visit San Francisco, about a month ago I was able to roam around parts of San Jose and a few weeks ago we visited the outer bay area. San Francisco was more on shopping, San Jose was about technology and the outer bay area…the beach!
FIRST STOP: THE MYSTERY SPOT
A few minutes away from Santa Cruz, California, located in the redwood forests, is a place of gravitational anomaly. Once you go there, you can’t help but question the laws of physics and gravity.
Discovered in 1939, the Mystery Spot has perplexed thousands of people visiting from allover the world. I wasn’t really expecting anything when we arrived there. But once we entered “the spot”, it was truly disorienting. It felt like something was pulling me from all the wrong places. Somehow I felt like my brain was confused and cannot calibrate right anymore. Intrigued? Here’s a picture…
You may not see it clearly but that is a straight ladder. However, for some unknown reason, my body is being pulled away from that ladder, towards my right side. If I wasn’t a chicken and not wearing that huge PILIPINAS jacket (nationalistic much), you could clearly see that I am leaning away from the ladder. I didn’t even have to hold on to that bar, I just had to since my migraine was setting in. Haha!
Up until today, the reason behind this anomaly has not been found yet. Some says there’s a carbon dioxide coming out of that place, others says its a magma vortex but most people believes there’s something down below, like maybe a spaceship. I guess we’ll never know for sure. For now, the mystery spot remains a mystery.
SECOND STOP: SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK
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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a seaside amusement park located in Santa Cruz, California. It is admission free so you can roam around the amusement park and beach with no cost. However, if you want to go on rides then you have to pay some fee.
We wanted to really enjoy the place so we did go on some rides (even though I was a scaredy cat LOL). We rode the Giant Dipper roller coaster and I ended up getting a whiplash. Hahaha! I guess it was worth it though. I mean I got to ride a historic roller coaster…in America!
The Boardwalk is located along the west coast of the United States. I am basically on the opposite side of the Philippines’ ocean. Amazing, if you think about it. I really wanted to go swimming but the water betrayed me, it was cold as ice! Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from at least taking a little dip. If not for the sunny weather, I might have lost my toes. Yes, it’s really that cold!
We ate our lunch at Johnny’s Harborside. The place had an amazing view of the wharf (see photo below). The food was pricey for it’s taste but I guess people are going there for the location, not the food.
THIRD STOP: CARMEL BY THE SEA
If there’s one statement that could describe Carmel by the sea it would be, “expensive but worth it”. The place was amazing. The hotel we stayed is perfectly located at the heart of Carmel, meaning everything was readily accessible. The shopping centers and restaurants were just a few steps away.
The most memorable moment of our time in Carmel was our experience with Mediterranean food when we ate at Yafa. It was by far THE BEST MEDITERRANEAN FOOD I EVER HAD IN MY 25 YEARS OF EXISTENCE!
I had the Mishmish Chicken (bottom plate) and that’s the only thing I remember. Haha! But mind you, the lamb kebab and pasta that the boyfriend ordered was as amazing as my chicken. Even the hummus and pita combo was awesome. And the dessert (photo below) we ordered tasted so heavenly!
Oh, Carmel by the sea. When I think of you, I can’t help but picture mouth watering food. I am so coming back for more awesome gastric experience!
Other than amazing food, Carmel by the sea is also famous for being a great stopover before/after going through the famous scenic road of the Bay Area, the 17 mile drive. And that experience deserves it’s own blog post.
–the girl who’s lost in Desire’s lair–