The second day in San Jose, where I grew up, was spent in Santa Cruz, where I spent a lot of time in my high school years, when I should have been in class...
|I always love a day at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.|
|Lunch with Dad and my sisters, Linda and Jill.|
|Walking and talking on the beach.|
|We like each other. It's nice.|
|And then there are the birds...|
|Read more about our cooking adventure on PositivelyVegan.|
|We started at a food truck. No kidding. There was a health fair going on in town, and this round up of food trucks at the "Brooklyn Bridge" in front of the New York, New York casino featured some delightful vegan options.|
|This was great comfort food for two weary travelers.|
|We must have been dreaming of home. This southwest pocket was perfectly spicy and gooey.|
|Here I am, with Paul and Rick, at one of the Wynn's magically beautiful garden areas.|
|Dessert at the Red Velvet Cafe... oh my... Everything is vegan, and a fraction of the fat and calories of "regular" desserts. Seriously, you would never know these aren't loaded with butter and sugar. Do pay them a visit if you get the chance.|
|I instantly fell in love with the humble, non-glitzy location and decor of Pura Vida..|
|Inside, everything was happy and spotless.|
|The food was just wonderful. Generous portions, filled with love.|
|Our server Cindy (left), and Chef Mayra took excellent care of us. Next time you find yourself in Vegas, take a break from the glitter and refuel at Pura Vida.|
Armed with to-go boxes of good Pura Vida treats, we scooted on down the road, destination, Grand Canyon, one of my favorite places on the whole big world.
|I'm always happy here.|
|Stupid people are allowed to fall off the rim. This is not Disneyland, and there are no lifeguards in the Gene Pool.|
|It clouded up a little on our last morning there, and got windy and chilly. Time to go home.|
Back home in Taos, we were greeted by happy dogs and blooming lilacs. Settling back in now, I need some time to reflect on everything we've just done, and see if I can get some clues as to where we go from here. Maybe everything will stay the same... or maybe it will all be different.