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Bird
Photograph by George Sakkestad

Wing Thing: For bird-watching, no place on the Central Coast beats the ever-changing avian parade at Elkhorn Slough.

Best Sports and Recreation

DESPITE LAST WEEK'S dustup between a discombobulated resident and the Santa Cruz Police Department, West Cliff Drive remains the outdoor promenade of choice for our readers--the justly famous view corridor won for Best Bike Ride, Best Jogging Trail, Best Road Bike Ride and Best Roller Skating/Blading Ride. If you hurry, you can even see the fluttering monarch butterflies, which may or may not be endangered depending upon your feelings about parking lots.

Once again, the Best Bird-Watching spot--Elkhorn Slough--doesn't strictly count as local, but the nesting herons and wading egrets are majestic and we just happened to have a great photo from our article about the Slough that we didn't get a chance to run before.

Best Bike Ride

GOLD
West Cliff Drive

SILVER
Wilder Ranch

BRONZE
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Best Bird-Watching Spot

GOLD
Elkhorn Slough

SILVER
Natural Bridges

BRONZE
Neary Lagoon

Best Golf Course

GOLD
De Laveaga Golf Course & Lodge
Upper Park Rd., SC
423.7212

SILVER
Pasatiempo Golf Club
18 Clubhouse Rd., SC
459.9155

BRONZE
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club
16901 Big Basin Highway, BC
338.2121

Best Hiking Trail

GOLD
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

SILVER
Pogonip

BRONZE
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Best Jogging Trail

GOLD
West Cliff Drive

SILVER
Forest of Nisene Marks

BRONZE
Pogonip

Best Mountain Bike Ride

GOLD
Wilder Ranch

SILVER
Forest of Nisene Marks

BRONZE
UCSC

Best Road Bike Ride

GOLD
West Cliff Drive

SILVER
Highway 9

BRONZE
Highway 1

Best Roller Skating/
Blading Spot

GOLD
West Cliff Drive

SILVER
The Rink
251 Kings Village Road, SV
438.2222

BRONZE
Santa Cruz Roller Palladium
Seabright Avenue and Gault Street, SC
423.0844

Best Surf Spot

GOLD
Steamer Lane

SILVER
Pleasure Point

BRONZE
Cowell Cove

Best Whale-Watching Spot

GOLD
Davenport

SILVER
West Cliff Drive

BRONZE
Lighthouse Point

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Readers' Choice Awards

Best Food & Drink
Best Music & Nightlife
Best Goods & Services
Best Arts
Best People & Places
Best Write-Ins

Critics' Choice Awards

Jesse Davis: All the Shoes That Fit
Stuart Finch: Rock Balancing Act
Isabel Piekarski: Latin Dance Sensation
Juan Cuellar: Compassionate Warrior
Nate Brunskill: Film Fanatic
Warren Odell: Tour Guide to an Anomaly
Sarah Gerhardt: Woman Who Rides Mountains
Seema Weatherwax: Late-Blooming Photographer
Stephanie Smith: Student of the Sciences
Theo Paige: The Not.So.Mad Fiddler

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From the March 21-28, 2001 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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