This past weekend brought what everyone was hoping for — an end to the rain, and the start of summer. As temperatures soared, students and community members were able to kick back and fully enjoy all that Santa Cruz has to offer. Tourists flocked to the beaches and boardwalk, marking the start of the summer season. Even though traffic was terrible, as anyone taking the 19 or the 20 knows, and the town felt more crowded than usual, smiles were plastered on sweat-shined faces. Shirtless bike riders casually pedaled through town, while families took to the streets on two wheels as well. Beach volleyball, soccer, and basketball games were in full force, as people took advantage of this reprieve from the cold.  It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do to a town.