California Friday #2

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great Friday!

Woo hoo, welcome to the weekend!

I thought I’d pick up where I left off last Friday with the “Flashback to California” series I’ve started here to recap my Santa Cruz vacation to see the one and only Emilia!

California Friday #2: Toasty Tootsies!

After our (literally) blistering 10 mile jaunt through the forests of Nisene Marks, we devoured some lunch and then set out for some pampering for our tired toes!

Enter China Foot Massage!

We went in and arranged for the
…a 30 minute back and foot massage…

Now I have to admit, when I first saw the open arrangement of all the “sofas”, I was a little skeptical…

As I sat in the room awaiting instruction, surrounded by people getting pounded on like they were chicken tenders for that night’s dinner, I was a little skeptical…

When, finally, a small Asian man came up to me, rubbed my shoulders and then pulled (I mean, really pulled) both my arms straight above my head, I was a little skeptical…

But then, about halfway through our massage session/dinner prep, as I looked over at Emilia through perfectly relaxed and heavy eyelids, all the skepticism rolled off my shoulders, down the candy cane-esque sofa, and far, far away from my mind!

Emilia and I post rub down!
Don’t we look so nice and relaxed? 😉

Afterwards, we headed down to Capitola beach for some fun in the sun!

Where I dug my nice and relaxed toes into the sand

And then dipped them into the Pacific for the very first time!

And this was my face after that dip!

Yeah, the Pacific Ocean? It’s COLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLD!


After that rude awakening refreshing realization, I decided to settle myself on the beach and just snap a few pics…

By the end of my vacation, my appreciation for seagulls went to the same place that that skepticism went earlier…

Nasty little birds tried to steal my towel! Haha!

As we headed back to the car to end our relaxing day at home, I couldn’t help but snap a few more shots of downtown Capitola. None of which ended up looking like much…

that is, except for this one:

I am in love with this photo!

The angle, the lines, the sunlight coming through the door…almost makes me feel like a real photographer! 😉

Where have your “tootsies” been this summer? Any dips in new waters?

Have you ever had a professional massage? What did you think?
My first massage was horrible. The lady basically spent 60 minutes rubbing her palms over my skin…there was no “massaging” whatsoever! It took me a while to give it another go, but now I love indulging in a good spa day once every few months!

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11 Responses to California Friday #2

  1. Jessica says:

    I’ve never had a professional massage. I think I could go for one, though :] Just as long as they don’t touch my feet…which, by the way, haven’t been anywhere exciting this summer 😛
    I love that door picture, too. So rustic looking. Don’t be so tough on yourself – your photos are always awe-ing me…you are a real photographer!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thanks Jess! I’ve really found a lot of my inspiration for photography from you so that means a lot to me!

      So…are you ticklish or do you just hate your feet? Haha!

  2. i have had one professional massage it was a birthday gift from my fiance’s mother. it was… interesting. it was a swedish massage and she was a BIT rough. although there was a hot stone part and that was ah-mazing! Matt (fiance) actually got me a session for just hot stones, thanks for reminding me, i need to go do that. haha <3

  3. Yeah seagulls are horrible… I work in a coastal town and they steal food out of people’s hands, crap all over the car so you can’t see out of the windscreen, pull bags of rubbish apart… not good!
    I love that gate picture too, it’s gorgeous, as are the beach ones 🙂

  4. Lizzie says:

    i loooove massages but i only got one once professionally when i was 7! it was a foot massage–i still remember how awesome it was!

  5. I’ve never had a professional massage before! But sometimes when we’re all hanging out and watching movies my friends and I will give each other massages haha. It’s so relaxing!

  6. Lauren says:

    Both of my parents are massage therapists! So yes, I have had just a few professional massages 😛

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