Our first summer adventure of 2021 was a camping trip way up the California coast to Henry Cowell State Park. We decided to meet Greg’s sister and her husband at this new-to-us spot and try some dry camping in the middle of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I grew up in Silicon Valley – not far from this campground – but I had never been there. I was excited to see what it had to offer.
After a ridiculously long drive (with so much traffic and road construction!) we made it to the most magical campground. Each spot is covered by a mix of oak, redwood, and pine trees and each site feels so secluded and private. I was instantly enamored by the shady site we had. In addition, each site was crazy large- we had the RV, a car, and a tent… and there was room to spare!
Our first full day there we decided to hike to the redwood forest which was about a 5 mile round-trip adventure. The hiking was really lovely – it wasn’t too crowded and the parts that were shaded kept the temperature down. We found a river that ran through the redwood forest so we spent some time cooling off in it.
Our second day we ventured into the city of Santa Cruz to walk around the bluffs and check out some local places. I have not been to Santa Crus in decades and it was so much bigger and expansive than I remember! We re going to take Tay back to look closer at UCSC there – it would be such an awesome place to go to school!
Overall, I was really impressed with the campground and our time there. I just wish it wasn’t such a long drive, but, I do think it was pretty worth it. Definitely on my list to go back to!