On the Road Again: Do You Want to Explore Santa Cruz


On the Road Again: Do You Want to Explore Santa CruzFor my 50th birthday, I have been working on a project of doing 50 New or Adventurous Things before I turn 50. I know that what is important to me is experiences. “Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.” Marlon Wayans

In order to make my celebrations complete, I chose to celebrate with people in person! I wanted to see my favorite teacher and mentor, Joannie Parker, who had moved to Santa Cruz last year.

On the Road Again: Do You Want to Explore Santa CruzI flew from Burbank to San Jose and picked up an incredible car for my road trip. I loved being behind the wheel of the brand new 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE! It is sleek, stylish, comfortable, quiet and really handles the curves from San Jose to Santa Cruz. The all-new Dynamic Force Engine has power when you need it and 53 mpg! While Lily Tomlin says, “The road to success is always under construction,” I know that I need to feel secure on that road.

I felt very safe and confident with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). The dashboard alerted me to turn my lights on and a RED FLASHING SIGN said BRAKE! when two cars ahead of me stopped short. It has “an active safety package that includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and helps you drive with confidence.”

On the Road Again: Do You Want to Explore Santa CruzBeing at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, I felt very calm. Some of the trees are over 1,000 years old! I figured in this 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees, I was very very young! It is a beautiful drive in the Santa Cruz mountains to the start of the trail. You can bring your bike but not your horse and it was $10 for parking. I was told that “these sky-scraping redwoods were admired by explorer John C. Frémont, President Theodore Roosevelt, and inspired some of California’s earliest redwood preservation efforts.”

Joannie and I walked the 0.8-mile (1.2km) flat loop trail. While we were there, we met a bus group from South Korea. They were marveling at the largest tree with us. It is approximately 277 feet tall and about 1,500 years old.

I loved visiting my mentor and the redwood trees. It made my holiday even better that I was driving a car that made me feel confident with every curve. I am looking forward to my 50th birthday celebrations and know that whatever comes next I am capable to handle it!

On the Road Again: Do You Want to Explore Santa Cruz

 Photos by Lisa Niver with #LGV20
Thank you to Toyota for sharing the 2018 Toyota Camry with me! I loved my driving experience.
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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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