Downtown Santa Cruz

Fun Fact: This picture was taken from the hill where the Mission Santa Cruz was founded in 1791. In 1818 the pirate Hippolyte de Bouchard sacked Monterey, on the other side of the bay from Santa Cruz. Fearing they were next, orders came to move all the mission's valuables to the safer Mission Santa Clara. Many locals volunteered to help... and promptly lost, ruined or stole the treasures.