The Deep Turquoise Sea

The view from West Cliff Drive. Photo by Traci Hukill.

Support local art! Marine organisms paint a new blue for Santa Cruz seas

Surviving Yosemite

Everyone stay cool! We took regular breaks at swimming holes on the Merced River.

Two adults, four kids, one VW camper and a very crowded national park.

The San Lorenzo River Project

Groovin' on a Saturday afternoon San Lorenzo River Paddle with the Coastal Watershed Council. Photo by Melissa Foley.

People have talked about saving the San Lorenzo River for decades. Now, amid fresh public awareness of public safety and environmental issues, the idea has a new champion in the Coastal Watershed Council.

Quest for The Storyteller's Hot Springs

The swimming hole near Indians—with rope swing and rocks for high noon sunning. Photo by Brooke Wright.

Chasing a rumor in Ventana Wilderness

Garden of Eden

Your Mountain Dew moment awaits at this swimming hole a couple miles south of Felton. Photo by Molly Lautamo.

Idyllic river swimming in front of God and everyone.

Seabright SB

Beautiful cloudscapes can often be seen from the Seabright shores. Photo by Molly Lautamo.

Sun and sand at one of Santa Cruz's favorite beaches.

Big Rock Hole

The mighty San Lorenzo River, home to several awesome swimming holes. Photo by Eric Ressler.

A sunny swimming hole on the San Lorenzo.

Hot Day Cures

Tom 'n' Jerry and Esther Williams keep their cool in 'Dangerous When Wet,' a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film from 1953.

Five ways to stay cool in a Santa Cruz heat wave.

Panther Beach

Duck through the hole in the wall at Panther Beach to get to a wide-open expanse of sand. Photo credit: Malikas99.

The magic and power of waves and rocks.

Henry Cowell

A huge redwood at Henry Cowell with burls—dense knots of wood created when the tree undergoes stress. Creative Commons photo.

The easiest way to see some of the world's biggest trees.