In 2011, I took my daughter and her bestie down the Pacific Coast Highway during our summer vacation. We started in Seattle and spent ten incredible days making our way down the coast to San Francisco.
We had no set agenda, no hotels booked, no maps – nothing. We went where we wanted, ate what we wanted and pretty much did whatever we wanted.
It was a truly remarkable trip and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The three of us took nearly 5,000 photographs during our journey, and this book captures some of the highlights of our trip.
The message in these pages are for the both of you. As you begin making your way through this world, always look back on where you have been to help you determine where you are going.
My name is Paul Dean and I was born and raised in Donnelsville, Ohio. My family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1986, where I lived for 25 years. I recently moved to the Boston, MA area in 2012 and I have a beautifully insane 16 year old daughter. I have been a Management Consultant for the last fifteen years and my personal interests include music, poetry and photography. My role models in life have always been my grandparents. They were both born and raised in the hills of Kentucky and always took the time when I was a child to teach me about respect, honesty and commitment. I have them to thank for the two simple rules that I choose to live my life by. The first, “life should never be that serious.” Laughter is the key to understanding life and should always be the cornerstone of our existence. And the second, “there is no problem that can’t be solved over ice cream.”