Lastly I grabbed four coconut macaroons at the Carmel Bakery on Ocean Ave. They are a Carmel institution known for their pretzels, but let me tell you, their coconut macaroons are the best anywhere.
I have not tasted any as good elsewhere.
On our way home we detoured at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk for a thrilling ride on the Giant Dipper, cooling ride on Loggers Revenge and then dried off by floating over the boardwalk on the sky ride. We had our obligatory corn dog and tried to get some garlic fries (they were out and took forever to make more), and topped it off with a chocolate dipped cone and got in the not so thrilling commute traffic coming home.