The Monterey Bay Hash House Harriers runs every other Sunday at 1 pm in and around greater Monterey Bay - anywhere from Boulder Creek to Hollister to King City to Carmel. MBH3 Hashes are generally live hare A to A runs. Trails are generally 3 to 6 miles in length.
Equipment: old running shoes and a desire to have fun
Santa Cruz is not short on yoga centers. The place is saturated with them, so it is difficult to know where is good to go. Fortunately, while me and my girlfriend were there the Santa Cruz Weekly paper had its 'Best Of' Santa Cruz awards and Nourish, a yoga and wellness center in downtown, was listed as the best yoga studio and Victor Dubin, an instructor there, was listed as the best yoga instructor, so we figured we'd go and find out what all the fuss was about. We both do yoga down in L.A., her much more so than me, and we we have a couple of teachers we really like, but Victor was way better than them. We took his Wednesday night beginners class and it was very relaxing. There is a very light and comfortable atmosphere in the space, helped by Victor's jokes and the music (he played Hendrix and Ray Charles... very cool). He's very friendly and gave me a couple of helpful adjustments during class. The little yoga loft they've got there is smaller than we were used to but it kind of helps add to the close-knit atmosphere. My girlfriend and I left feeling really good and we'll be going back next time we're up there.
Santa Cruz is a world leader in recreational cycling. The mountain bicycle was virtually invented here when I was a kid, and some of the toughest wilderness trails are in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Since then full suspension and BMX bicycles are made and used by professionals born in the area. Along the beach, coaster brake balloon tire bicycles were common during the 40's, 50's, and 60's, and have made a full scale comeback as a retro sport activity. Then, along the roadways in the mountains, along hwy 1, and elsewhere in the county, road bikes remain extremely popular. Many high tech companies provide incentives for their workers to commute by bicycle. If you are a driver, beware of the assertive style of many of these riders who are skilled at road lane management and won't easily move to the roadside just because your vehicle is bigger, especially on steep and winding downhill descents where they can often outpace the fastest sports car. There are also funny bikes and trikes of various types, since Santa Cruz cyclists are experimental techies willing to try anything new. Yet, cycling in the area is not for the inexperienced and faint of heart. Traffic in town or on the rural roadways is busy and dangerous. Some hill climbs among the great maze of rural roads in Santa Cruz mountains will burst the heart muscle of the strongest rider. While cycling to the west of Santa Cruz along Hwy 1 is a good relatively level and minimal traffic path to take, the natural gusty winds and blinding fog on some days can run interference to the enjoyment of a good ride. There are definitely restrictions on where mountain bikes can go off-road since bike trails do cause further erosion in a landslide prone mountain sides. I recommend that cyclists start early in the morning before traffic builds. Tourists, beach goers, and partiers are late to rise in the morning, particularly when the skies are overcast. In town, follow the excellent network of bicycle lanes to stay safe.
Equipment: There are several small manufacturers that make all these types and more of bicycle frames. The link below is just two of many, and there are individual frame makers who work alone in their workshops. All materials--aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, and steel are available in the local market, and the prices have been coming down a bit for increasingly better equipment. There are also local equipment manufacturers, particularly for mountain and beach going bikes. One of the great experiences when visiting Santa Cruz would be to rent a bicycle for a day or two, and then arrange for a custom frame sizing. Then have it outfitted with the type of equipment you want from the start. One should do research on-line, as most of these companies have really great websites and 800 number sales/service, and then make an appointment before you arrive in town. Don't expect to be received on a weekend or holiday. If fitting is to be done at the workshop, the bike can be easily shipped home to you later. There's no sense stuffing one of these gems into your luggage since it can be easily shipped direct to your house by UPS.
Surf City Hash House Harriers searches for trail in and around Santa Cruz, California. Hashes are held every Thursday, regardless of surf conditions, rain, flood, snow, earthquake, sun spots, rioting or bar tabs at 6:33 pm.
Surf City H3 events are open to anyone 21 years or older.
Equipment: Old running shoes and desire to have fun
De Laveaga Park offers one of the best frisbee golf courses in California. If you have no clue what that means, essentially it is exactly what it sounds like. You 'golf' a hole by throwing a frisbee towards a basket rather than using a club and golf ball.
It's a cheap sport (there actually isn't any greens fee) and since you're just walking around the park it's a great way to get outside.
Equipment: Golf Frisbees (or perhaps they're are technically Discs) are cheap ($5 or so) and frankly, you can use one the whole time or you can use more than one. It's a laidback sport. There is no place to get discs at the course so you need to bring your own.