The boardwalk in Santa Cruz is a travesty. Ugly and loud and all things I dislike a out America rolled into a tight package. But the kids like it, go figure.
Susan and I stopped on a beachfront deck and had a drink while waiting for the kids. The Ideal Bar & Grill is not ideal in most senses but it has the “location” part down. Food is meh, service tends to be slow but friendly.
Most fun: two old Brit-rockers up from LA. One guy looked a bit like Keith Richards 20 years ago and without the drugs. From Liverpool and Manchester, couldn’t place them but I strongly suspect a 80s hair band perhaps.