Because we felt almost too comfortable in the Red Wood Forest RV resort we decided it was time to rough it a bit. While sitting at a little creek in the middle of the Redwoods we started chatting with a local girl who clearly knew what she was talking about. She had camped all over the West Coast and recommended us to park our villa on wheels on the cliffs of New Brighton Beach, only 15’ South of Santa Cruz. 
When we heard the word CLIFF we packed up our belongings and left shortly after! 
We pulled up with the 27 foot trailer at noon at New Brighton State Park where the friendly ranger told us we were 6th on the waiting list.
Which meant we had two hours to spare. The perfect amount of time to stroll around in the tiny streets of colorful Capitola. We took a break Capitola beach for a yummy lunch with a view. 
It is key when you travel last minute and without reservations to adjust to the circumstances and enjoy every step of the way even when you need to take a little detour. We would not have seen the cute and colorful houses of Capitola if we would have gotten a camping spot right away. 
The joy we felt was surreal once we arrived on the campsite. View on the ocean, we even saw dolphins jumping.
 No better way to celebrate gypsyliving with steaks, sweet potatoes and wine around the fire. Just Nic, the kiddos, a fire and the stars… a magical night to remember forever. 
The sun woke us up and outside we went for a breezy morning walk on the beach where we chatted and played with the locals.
Our goal of the day was to drive along the magnificent coastal Highway One and visit the little beach towns of Monterey and Carmel.
Along the gorgeous beaches and mansions of Pebble Beach we drove towards our next stop : YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. 
Check out the following blogpost  : 4 Family Friendly hikes in Yosemite National Park.
With love & gratitude, 


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