Thoughts and snaps from lonely beach walks in the sunny West Coast state

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“I found that I really grav­i­tate to­wards peo­ple. Whether I’m in some city or at a beach, prob­a­bly just a quar­ter of my pho­tos would be of the scenery and the rest would be of the lo­cals, the tourists, or man- made things. It really fas­ci­nates me how peo­ple in­ter­act with spa­ces, or how ev­ery­one ex­pe­ri­ences one space in dif­fer­ent ways.” “Last year, we took a road trip from Cal­i­for­nia to Ari­zona and Utah, so we got to see the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Na­tional Park. Ear­lier this year, I was able to go to Hong Kong. If I had to choose one place to go to next, I’d have to say Ice­land.”

“When­ever I travel, I learn some­thing new. This par­tic­u­lar trip re­minded me how big the world is, how there’s so much more than my life in Manila. Some of the lit­tle things that stressed me out here at home, I learned to let go of. Long, lonely walks on the beach mess you up like that.”

“We have close rel­a­tives who live in Or­ange County so I get to go there at least once a year. Usu­ally my aunt plans road trips for th­ese vis­its, and this time we drove along the Pa­cific Coast High­way up to Santa Cruz. We passed through Solvang, San...

We. Hearst Cas­tle, San Simeon, CA

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