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Redwood strolls > most things. #fact
Big Basin Redwoods State Park has ancient redwoods, several waterfalls, ocean views, and over 80 miles of trails. A definite must-visit in Santa Cruz County. 🌲
Photo 📷 | subbuman
#visitsantacruz #santacruznow #santacruz #santacruzmountains #redwoods #hike #hikingtrails #thatsmypark #castateparks #bigbasin #bigbasinredwoodsstatepark
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Solo flight over Natural Bridges. #santacruzlife #naturalbridges #thatsmypark #pelican
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Riding out of the three-day weekend like 🤙🏼 #hellotuesday #sunsetsurfing #sandbarsurf #thatsmybeach #thatsmypark ...

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Time to wave goodbye to the weekend 👋🌊⁣

Large swells and churning waters like these are fairly common here at Pigeon Point, especially during high tide. They're also one of the reasons why California was thought to have a very treacherous coastline in the late 1800's. Luckily for us, large swells today just means it's easier to hear the sounds of the sea while we kick back and relax 😎⁣

#pigeonpoint #lighthouse #castateparks #thatsmypark #lightupthefuture
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Here’s your Monday morning Otter shot. One of the EIGHTEEN mom & pup pairs of Sea Otters we’re seeing out o the Elkhorn Slough lately!
#mondaymorningottershot #otter #otters #otterlove #marinemammals #wildlife photography #wildlife #wildlifetour #wildlife_shots #wildlife-photographer #experienceoverthings #traveladventures #earthlovers #amazinganimals #earthlovers #amazinganimals #NatGeo #elkhornslough #elkhornsloughsafari #mosslanding #montereycalifornia #californiawildlife #santacruznow #thatsmypark #santacruzcounty #VisitCalifornia #sustainabletourism #seemonterey
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