Southern CaliforniaOrange County, San Bernardino, Imperial, San Diego, CaliforniaLaguna Beach / Joshua Tree / Algodones Dunes / Torrey Pines

4 days.
3 nights.
1000 miles.

Disclaimer: This post will not make any sense.

Honestly, it was difficult to leave this time.
I never felt so much appreciation for being an alumni of my alma mater Soka University of America and the friendships I cultivated – and am still making.

I was motivated while hearing so many of their stories – the struggles, the achievements, and the joy.
At the same time, we created some memorable inside jokes:

The next phase of my photography business.
Baylor. Freakin’ Baylor. JUST DO IT!!
My lack of Portuguese and how it sounds. Trying to find a place to go dancing.
“Look at the shoulder”. Random drunk guy. Ambulance. Non-functioning water fountain during the photoshoot.
Tacos. Chicken and Waffles. Duck. Margarita Machine.
Driving endlessly through Joshua Tree. Climbing. Every 30 minute story / update.
Riding into the sunset listening to Lil’ Jon.
Hilary Duff and Will Smith, you did good too.
Seeing the most intense moon ever. Random delicious Japanese food and free ice cream!
Best Wallpaper ever.
Bug Bites. Pus. Machetes. Hunger Games. Nude Beaches. Getting lost. Oregon.

I joked with my friend that he would be crying when I left, but it was exactly the opposite.
Waterfalls.
The floodgates opened for a quick second.

For the ears: Skrillex With You, Friends

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The places that are photographed:
Laguna Beach: 1000 Steps Beach
Imperial Sand Dunes / Algodones Sand Dunes: Hugh T. Osborne Lookout Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve + Black’s Beach + Torrey Pines Gliderport