Tromp Blog

Sweet Summertime at the Mission Adobe

The 190-year-old Mission Adobe overlooks downtown Santa Cruz.

Bring life, love and laughter to the Mission Adobe this summer with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks' newly announced Summer Series. Enjoy cultural events, local artists and music, outdoor movies and a Mole and Mariachi festival all within the shadow of the adobe walls.

The Outdoor Poet: James Maughn

From the Cabrillo College instructor and New Cadence Poetry Series founder, "Crescent Flower."

Twin Oaks Tromp

Sky lupine on Twin Oaks Trail, a welcome sign of spring.

Sky lupine, blue-eyed grass, checkerbloom and a bazillion poppies are out on this favorite trail of mountain bikers and hikers alike.

Star Creek Ranch Adventure

California Bush Poppies are abundant on Star Creek Ranch's sunny ridges.

Exploring the Land Trust's 1,200-acre gem in the Pajaro Hills.

Seven Earth Day 2014 Stories Worth Reading

NASA released this new photo of the earth today.

The best of #EarthDay reportage.

10 Tips for Happy Tidepooling

A sea star gets cozy next to some sea anemones in an intertidal pool.

Because sea stars, anemones and chitons are really good at hiding.

The Outdoor Poet: T. Mike Walker

Poems from the writer, painter, former SF cop and Cabrillo College instructor.

Why Bike Fit Matters

Think Liv/giant XC world champ Jolanda Neff's bike doesn't fit? Bet it does.  Liv/giant photo.

Numb feet and sore necks are the worst. We get the word from exercise physiologist Dave Liotta on why proper bike fit counts—just in time for a special Fit Form & Function event at Bicycle Trip.

Sisters in The Saddle

The Fat Tire Girls on a 2012 trip to St George, Utah. Photo courtesy Michele Lamelin.

Women-only mountain bike rides in Santa Cruz are popping up like daisies. Here's how to find them and what they're about.

Another Great Festie

Airborne over the AcroBag.

Once again the Aptos Post Office Jumps exploded into action Sunday as groups of riders hit the rollers at the 5th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival—and once again announcers bade farewell to the fabled jumps.