Soquel looks so peaceful and serene, yet it had a rough and tumble past.


The Secrets of Three Villages:
Soquel, Capitola, Aptos

Three Intimate Walks Led by Sandy Lydon and Carolyn Swift

Sorry! Soquel and Capitola walks already completed!

OK, here's your chance to find out what REALLY happened. This will be the stories warts and all. The latest (including, in the case of Aptos Village, the future…) research that a half-century of writing and cogitating can produce.

Carolyn and Sandy – They've been working together on things historical in Santa Cruz County since the mid-1970s. They've worked together on books (Soquel Landing to Capitola by the Sea published in 1978) reports, commemorative programs, special walking tours, etc. Carolyn is not only Capitola's resident historian in her role as curator of the Capitola Museum, but she recently helped guide the Soquel Pioneers to the recently-published volume title Soquel. Sandy was the Aptos Chamber of Commerce's "Man of the Year" back in the 1980s, as well as Grand Marshal of the Aptos Fourth of July Parade, and featured speaker at just about every recent milestone event in Capitola and Soquel.

Differing Perspectives – They disagree on some things, and it is enlightening to watch and listen to them trade theories about things historical. It is lively and respectful as only a long friendship can be. Between the two of them, they pretty much have it all under control, so if you have ever harbored niggling questions about these places, here's your chance.

Loops – The routes of all these walks are designed as loops so that we pass and re-pass our vehicles throughout the day. That way you don't have to carry much (you can stash it in your car), and you can bail out if things get to be a bit much for you.

General Stuff:
These walks are not designed for children under eighteen, or pets, so please leave them home. (Actually, maybe they can watch each other?)
We are very attentive to restroom requirements, though some places (Capitola) have more public restrooms than others.
Bring a picnic lunch. On each walk we have selected a nice spot for a group picnic. You won't have to carry your lunch as we will have it near the starting point of the day, and you can leave it in your vehicle.
Layers – cool (probably foggy) in the morning, warmer in the afternoon.
Comfortable dress – we won't be making any major social calls, so be comfortable.
Comfortable shoes

The concrete curved arch highway bridge in Aptos being dedicated in 1929.

Village #3 – Aptos

Wednesday, August 17 – 9:30AM – 3:30 PM
(No, that's not a misprint – we're doing this one during the week.)

With Special Guest! Supervisor Ellen Pirie

Aptos Village is trapped between two formidable creeks and riven by every possible mode of transportation (rail, freeway, two-lane road with bridge). Aptos might strike you as cutesy and quaint, but its history is filled with the thunder and dust of industry, of wrangling and contention. The only way to see its history is to walk it. And we'll be sharing what we know about the plans for the village's future. Aptos Village is not only poised on the edge of a canyon, it is also poised on a moment in its history.

Fee: $50/person

Register here

Walking Distance: Approximately 3 miles – with lots of talk-story rest stops.

Difficulty: A few hills to climb, and there are some stairs, but we take them slowly. There are also some trestles involved during the day.

Meeting Place: We'll begin in the unpaved parking area behind the Aptos Station commercial building, located at 8035 Soquel Drive, Aptos – in the village.