California Coast Recap Videos

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I hope you enjoyed our California coast trip. It was a wild ride with fun experiences both involving podcasts and the fun we had during. We have many more adventures coming but to conclude, here are video recaps that each of us has made. Just click the name of each of us to watch. Both are great in their own style. Hope you enjoy!!!

Terry’s Video

Kris’ Video

Stay Tuned for more adventures!

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

Podcast: 99% Invisible, episode 162 “Mystery House”

Extra Adventures: Mystery Spot, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Boardwalk

 

Are you ready to get mysterious? Then come along as we head out to try solve some mysteries…and maybe rewrite history! Our first stop on this magical mystery tour is the Winchester Mystery House, as featured on an episode of 99% Invisible. The estate in San Jose, CA was built by Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester rifle fortune. Legend has it she was haunted by the ghosts of everyone killed by a Winchester gun and spirits compelled her to keep building on the house.  image

 

The house is full of bizarre features like stairways that end at the ceiling, a window in the floor, and the famous “Door to Nowhere” which opens to a two-story drop. IMG_2943There’s even a seance room where Sarah Winchester would try to contact the spirits. We opted to take the extended tour which included the basement and a few rooms that were just opened for the first time in over thirty years. The tour was super informative and we learned a lot. Parts of the house certainly are creepy but is it haunted? Listen to our fave Roman Mars tell the story and decide for yourself. Cursed or not, the Winchester House is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the San Jose area.

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EXTRA ADVENTURES

 

Mystery Spot

 

Ready for another venture into the unexplained? While we were in Santa Cruz we visited the famed Santa Cruz Mystery Spot (and completed a lifelong goal for Terry). imageThe Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly nestled in the Santa Cruz forest. The drive to the Mystery Spot is gorgeous. You turn off the highway and you’re surrounded by giant trees. We loved it. The Mystery Spot itself was an absolute blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tour guide leads you up to a shack which sits at the center of the anomaly zone. They showed us several experiments to demonstrate the weird powers of the spot and we even got to try a few of them our for ourselves (Kris was excited to be taller than Terry for a minute).image We won’t ruin the surprises for you because it’s one of those places you have to experience for yourself but we came out of it true believers in the Mystery Spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANTA CRUZ BOARDWALK

 

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A trip to Santa Cruz wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the boardwalk. We spent a few hours walking around and enjoying the atmosphere. Entrance to the boardwalk is free and you pay per ride.

 

 

We opted to ride the skyway which gave us gorgeous views of the beach, and the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1924. We also tried a good old fashioned boardwalk treat, a deep-fried PB&J.

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UC SANTA CRUZ

Also on our journeys around Santa Cruz, we made a quick stop at UC Santa Cruz to fulfill imageanother lifelong goal, this time Kris’s to own a banana slug sticker. We stopped at the student store and got our stickers and then spent some time IMG_2885wandering around. The UC Santa Cruz campus is absolutely gorgeous! We were amazed as we walked down a few trails and marveled at the trees. It felt more like National Park then a college campus.

This wraps up our road trip up the California coast but we’ve got lots more podcasts adventures in store so stay tuned!

Colma, California: Modern Necropolis

 

Podcast: 99 Percent Invisible, Episode 258 “The Modern Necropolis”
Extra Adventures: Morro Bay and Hearst Castle

Kris and Terry coming at you with another adventure. So, where did we go? Somewhere fluffy? Somewhere happy with rainbows shooting out of puppies butts? Nope. We went to Colma, California: The West Coast City of the Dead.

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We first heard about this place when our ears were touched by Roman Mars’ sensual voice in an episode of ’99 Percent Invisible’. He tells the tale of the city way better than we could ever (seriously, take a listen, you will not be disappointed) but what mostly drew us was the fact that the dead outnumber the living in this town and you can truly feel the gravity of the situation and we wanted to experience that.
We didn’t feel that sensation at first. Seriously, driving to this town was just like any other, Wendy’s on the left and a Carmax on the right. However after driving about 10 minutes from the freeway we drove up a hill and fully experienced Colma. It was a sobering yet beautiful experience with 18 cemeteries in all on this one street. We felt both connected with the world but at the same time small in its plan. We took pictures where appropriate and walked around but we did not feel like it would’ve been respectful to take the all-mighty selfie.
We are truly glad we stopped in Colma and recommended it to everyone. The history behind this town is important to know and interesting on top of that. Go check it out and let us know what you think.

EXTRA ADVENTURES

Morro Bay.

If you ever wanted to see a gigantic volcanic mound while eating delicious fish and chips and listening to sea lions bark on the coast of California, Morro Bay is for you. It was a pit stop on our drive at just the right timing to stretch our legs. Kris got super stoked and excited to see sea lions in their natural habitat for their first time ever and Terry loved the clam chowder and bread she consumed (Terry loves all the food). Morro Rock is huge! Like seriously huge. When we were there you couldn’t climb it but a friend recently told us you are now able to. Stop and enjoy some food but watch out for the birds.IMG_3470

Hearst Castle.

Lavish is as lavish does and nobody has done it better than William Randolph Hearst himself when building his estate from 1919-1936. His castle is beyond gorgeous, special and downright aww-inspiring that we had to stop and take a tour. We took the main tour that included his pools, billiard table, dining room, movie theater and many more places. The guide was extremely informative answering all questions and the tour itself took about an hour and a half. After the official tour we were able to roam the grounds to look at the gardens, statues and many architectural wonders (Ted Mosby from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ would’ve loved it). We took some epic pics and enjoyed the experience. One of the best things was on the bus ride down from the castle, there was a cute cow in the road. A really cute cow! Awwwww. Highly recommended experience to have.

 

Have you ever been to the places mentioned above? If so, what was your favorite part? If not, do you want to?

Join us on our next adventure, The Winchester Mystery House.

Oakland Buddha Statue

Oakland Buddha Statue

Podcast: Criminal, Episode 15 “He’s Neutral”

Extra Adventures: Point Reyes, solar eclipse

This is us. We’re Terry and Kris, best friends and podcast fans who love to travel.

Recently we decided to combine our love of adventures with our love of podcasts and visit places we heard mentioned on our favorite podcasts and the share our stories here.

We thought we’d start with the Oakland Buddha statue because it was featured on our all-time favorite podcast, Criminal, and we’d talked about doing it for a long time. It was part of a bigger trip that took us up the California coast from Orange County to Point Reyes. We hit a few podcast locations along they way but we were most excited to see finally see the Buddha statue.

The Buddha statue sits in a downtown Oakland neighborhood and was placed there when one of the residents got fed up with people dumping trash on an empty corner. Phoebe Judge tells the story much better than we could so check out episode 15 of Criminal.

The Buddha was pretty easy to find following directions we found on Atlas Obscura. Since the Buddha statue was placed on the corner, the local Buddhist community has embraced it, adding a shelter, decorations, and other statues. It was pretty cool to see it in person after hearing the story on the podcast.

 

 

Here we are standing in the middle of the road in front of the statue, proudly rocking our Criminal shirts. Shortly after we took this picture people showed up to pray at the statue. It was good to see how well taken care of it is.

EXTRA ADVENTURES

The day we visited the Buddha was the same day as the solar eclipse. On our drive to Oakland from where we had been staying in Fulton we stopped along the road just outside of Los Gatos to see the apex of the eclipse. Lots of other cars were doing the same thing as us and we had an awesome view.

Also on our way to Oakland we stopped up at Point Reyes to see the tree tunnel. We actually got lost for awhile which turned out to be a bit of an adventure. We were looking for a cheese place (that turned out to be a lie) and lost cell reception for awhile. We eventually came across an oyster bar along the bay and asked some people for direction. They were super friendly with an equally friendly dog they told us they rescued while on vacation (let’s be real, we were mostly excited about the dog. Any day we get to pet a dog is a good day). After getting directions we were off again, laughing about how people can still get lost in 2017. We found our way to the Point Reyes National Seashore (yeah, we didn’t know that was a thing either) and the tree tunnel. The tree tunnel is on a road that leads down to an old abandoned administration building which was super interesting.

Overall, it was pretty good day. We saw some trees, got lost in the hills, and were beyond excited to finally see the Buddha statue in person. Next time: Colma, CA!