I drove another 300+ miles today, about half of it through the greater Los Angeles area. Not because I'm nuts. (Well, not too nuts.) Because I wanted to be here. The ocean. The Pacific, to be specific. I would rather be in a crowd by the sea than alone in the mountains or desert. Solitude is grand, but the beach is better. Having millions of people just out of my peripheral vision is a fair price for all this. So is the campground fee.