Visiting 3 Parks Near Santa Cruz In 1 Day

How do you visit 3 State Parks around Santa Cruz in 1 day?

This video shows clips of Ano Nuevo State Park, Natural Bridges State Beach, Henry Cowell Redwood (or Big Basin Redwood).
The price? Only $7 at Ano Nuevo plus $10 for all 3 parks.
You are going to see the highly recommended elephant seal tour at Ano Nuevo State Park, see butterfly migration at Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve & a few beaches and of course the redwood trees at either Henry Cowell Redwood or Big Basin redwoods state park.

For more details about the Ano Nuevo see this video: http://youtu.be/wDv2fAPrqKA

California Minimum Business Fees and First Year Exemption

The question is: do you have to pay any California Business License fees?
If you searched the ca.gov site, and you may find the first year exemption,
http://www.taxes.ca.gov/estpaybus.shtml
it says: “Note: As of January 1, 2000, newly incorporated or qualified corporations are exempt from the minimum franchise tax for their first year of business.”

So it seems that you don’t have to pay the $800 per year business licensing fees.
However this is a English trap, this should mean: the min tax of $800 does not apply, HOWEVER the tax has to be paid based on your business profit.

if we use math, my translation is simply:
final_fees=max_of(min_tax, profit_based_fees)

first year min_tax=0, thus final_fees=max_of(0, profit_based_fees)=profit_based_fees

second and other years min_tax=$800.
So the final tax is final_fees=max_of(800, profit_based_fees)

Elephant Seal Tour @ Ano Nuevo State Park

Elephant Seal Tour At Ano Nuevo State Park

Have you heard about the annual elephant seal migration to the beaches of Año Nuevo State Reserve?
Highly recommend the Ano Nuevo State Park and check out the elephant seal tour. It is only $7 per person (plus state park parking $10).

These massive creatures were only a few feet away and they did not notice us. Females giving birth, pups nursing from their mother and bull males fighting one another. This is amazing experience to see & hear the bulls braying & throwing their massive weight around while claiming their turf & protecting their harem.

Some people have lived in California for over many years and never visited this park. If you live in Bay Area you have no excuse not to visit Ano Nuevo.
The tour covers approximately 3.5 miles and about 2 to 3 hours so be prepared to bring water (but no food allowed). You should book your tour online beforehand since they fill up quickly, especially on the weekends.