With our townhouse in Santa Clarita finally sold and our life in Carlsbad settling into a routine, I’m starting to appreciate the paths we’ve chosen that have led us here.

When James and I were first together in San Luis Obispo, we dreamed of living by the beach. Later, when we moved to my hometown suburb to be close to his engineering job in the desert, we dreamed of moving to San Diego. It was only through a series of choices and circumstances that we finally stepped off the path we were following to take a different one: our own.

Here are photos of pathways from our road trip up Highway 1, taken with our new camera.

The path to Carpinteria State Beach

Under the pier at Pismo Beach

The entrance to Pfeiffer Beach

Waves at Pfeiffer Beach

Sunrise over the ocean at Santa Cruz Beach