Tromp Blog

Drink A Beer, Save A Park

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is donating $1 from each pint sold on Thursday, Aug. 15 to Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Hoist a pint on Aug. 15 for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

West Cliff Birding Surprise

Brown pelicans and cormorants off West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Photo by Maria Grusauskas.

No wonder birds travel thousands of miles just to visit Monterey Bay while others stay all year. It’s a full-on party out there.

The Outdoor Poet: Robert Sward

In honor of county fair season, 'Pig Showmanship.'

Huckleberry Hounds

Not that you could tell from this bad, blurry photo, but huckleberries resemble small blueberries, like the kind that used to come in tins with blueberry muffin mix. Photo by Hilltromper.

On a sweet quest in the dog days of summer.

Expert Tips for Safer Tromping

A Backcountry Medical Guides class above Sand Dollar Beach in Big Sur. Photo courtesy BMG.

Keep your stories fun, not tragic.

Secret Sale at Patagonia

Mad savings at the outlet store on River Street through July 30.

Trail Running in Santa Cruz County

Jogging around a neighborhood or city park is fine as long as your knees hold up and you don’t get bored. But when it’s time to cushion the cartilage and vary the scenery, head for the hills.

Loch Lomond: Five Reasons to Go Now

Paddleboats are available at Loch Lomond for $5 an hour (two-hour minimum). Hilltromper photo.

It's the perfect time to acquaint yourself with this gem.

The Outdoor Poet: Robert Pesich

From the Sunnyvale poet, 'Dry Grass,' 'From a dead fox in a suburban backyard' and 'Signal to Noise.'

South Swell Weekend

Photo of Andrew Juiliano by Bruce Anderson/Magic Seaweed.

Chasing vacancy and laughs during a Santa Cruz surfing blitz.