Destination: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and the Pacific Ocean

One moment, I was driving Big Sur, and in another, I was in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The two are not far from each other.

And in the change of moments, after two hours exploring a sunny coastline with dotty vegetation, all remnants of Southern California vanished. Succulent ground cover was replaced with grass—bare feet-loving grass that I hadn’t seen in its natural state in months—trees transitioned from palms to pines, and the air circled heavier under a newly graying sky.

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