28 Aug 65 : Making friends : Santa Cruz, California

This continues the letter dated 27th August 1965 which began:

Dear family,

Saturday 28th August

I am writing this on the beach at Santa Cruz. It’s not far from Monterey, just the other side of the bay really, but once again a very nice place. At last we have found a nice coastline. There is a great holiday spirit here, and once again the weather is superb.

 

1960s postcard The Giant Dipper (rollercoaster) SANTA CRUZ BEACH AND BOARDWALK, CALIFORNIA This popular beach and playground that the entire family can enjoy is located on the Monterey B
1960s postcard, captioned: The Giant Dipper (rollercoaster) SANTA CRUZ BEACH AND BOARDWALK, CALIFORNIA. This popular beach and playground that the entire family can enjoy is located on the Monterey Bay.

 

1960s postcard Santa Cruz California Santa Cruz Beach A center of activity with its restaurants, concessions and arcade.
1960s postcard, captioned: Santa Cruz Beach A center of activity with its restaurants, concessions and arcade.

 

Yesterday was an amazing day. As I told you before our vehicle is plastered with ‘Around the World’ publicity, and as a result we get lots of people stopping to talk to us.

Yesterday was no exception and we had people there every moment we were ‘at home’. The climax came when a car pulled up and out came seven British students.

They have just finished agricultural college and have been here on a 3 month holiday. They all had the $99 / 99 day tickets, but as they have worked at fruit picking have now hired a car.

They were very interested in our trip and were very envious of our campervan. Later some other people came and they were with us until 10:45 last night. It’s very nice as it is the only way we have of meeting people.

 

img305 Colin posing near Kabul
Colin with their VW campervan
img378 USA Tony - must flip photo!!
Tony in America

 

The last couple spoke very enthusiastically about Mexico and especially the cheapness – and it could very well be that they have added a few extra weeks in Mexico to our trip. However we shall have to wait and see. There is one big snag, that being that our present motor insurance doesn’t cover Mexico, so if we went there we would have to get some more insurance which would be more expense.

I get very guilty sometimes when I think how long it is since I last worked. It’s been ages, and living as we are at the moment is so cheap that we could go on for a long time yet. Life at the moment is one long holiday, but I shall be glad to do some work again – if only to ease my conscience.

Actually I am looking forward to doing some fruit picking next week. Everyone says it’s very hard work but it will be good training for Australia, as we shall probably do a lot there.

To be continued… 

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