The 2009 California Morris Ale
Presented by Seabright Morris and Sword
The ale will be based around Cowell College and the Stevenson Event Center on the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz, located on California's Monterey Bay - 75 miles south of San Francisco, 45 miles north of Monterey and Carmel, and just over the coastal mountains from Silicon Valley. The campus is located in the foothills above Santa Cruz. Weather in Santa Cruz is usually not too hot at this time of year (ranging from 70-80 degrees along the coast to 90s inland on warm days), and can actually get quite cool in the evening when the fog comes in. The temperature drops significantly in evenings so layers are advised.
Nestled at the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains, it gives the idyllic impression of being remote and far away from it all. Yet, it is less than 15 minutes from the beach, the Pacific Coast Highway, or the civilizing influence of Santa Cruz with the modern conveniences of grocery stores and coffee/espresso bars for those whom "roughing it" is a term requiring moderation.
The nearest airport is San Jose International (although San Francisco International and Oakland International may be cheaper air fares if you don't mind 30-to-45 minutes of extra driving). There is no public transit from the airports, although there is from the Amtrak Train/Bus link (if you choose to go that route).
Directions to the UC Santa Cruz Campus
From Oakland: Take Interstate 880
(I-880) South to San Jose, where the freeway
becomes California Highway 17 (CA 17). Continue on Highway 17 South to Santa Cruz
and follow the From Santa Cruz instructions below.
From San Jose: Take Interstate 880 South. Stay on the freeway as it becomes California Highway 17. Continue on Highway 17 South to Santa Cruz and follow the From Santa Cruz instructions below.
From San Francisco: Take U.S. Highway 101 (US101) South or Interstate 280 (I-280) South to California Highway 85 (CA 85) South. From Highway 85, take California Highway 17 to Santa Cruz and follow the From Santa Cruz instructions below.
From Walnut Creek/Concord: Take Interstate 680 (I-680) South to San Jose, where it becomes Interstate 280 North. From 280 North, take California Highway 17 South to Santa Cruz and follow the From Santa Cruz instructions below.
From Sacramento: Take Interstate 80 (I-80) West to the exit for Interstate 680 towards San Jose. In San Jose, Interstate 680 becomes Interstate 280 North. From 280 North, take California Highway 17 South and follow the From Santa Cruz instructions below.
From Los Angeles: Take Interstate 5 (I-5) North. From I-5 take California Highway 152 (CA 152) West, to Watsonville. Then Take California Highway 1 (CA 1) North to Santa Cruz and follow the From Santa Cruz instructions below.
From Santa Barbara: Take U.S. Highway 101 North, then
California Highway 129 (CA 129) to Watsonville. Take California Highway 1
North to Santa Cruz and follow the From Santa Cruz instructions below.
From Santa Cruz: Take California Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay). On Business Highway 1 (Mission Street), travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance, just past High Street.
Once on Campus
You should be able to get assistance from the Information Kiosk at the main entrance. Let them know you're looking for Cowell Circle for the Ale check-in (see the upper right area of the Cowell College campus map).
However, there are overhead lights, electrical outlets, and mattresses. Bathrooms are at the end of the halls, so there will be about a dozen people per bathroom. The number of stalls and showers per bathroom. It's rumored that there may be wall jacks with internet access.
Be a good Campus citizen (after all, we ARE guests)
Since we haggled them down to just these two restrictions, expect UCSC to be
diligent about enforcement.
Don't forget - the Ale includes dinner on Friday and a box lunch on Sunday.UCSC should be able to handle any dietary restrictions provided we get that information early enough. Details forthcoming as available...
If you did not identify your lunch preferences for Saturday and Sunday you'll have to be cheerful and flexible about whatever miscellaneous lunch they end up with - so anyone who hasn't chosen (and will be annoyed to end up with roast beef or escargot) contact the with their selection (choices available on the registration form)
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