As my early-morning flight ambled its way across the mountainous West and into Los Angeles this week, I was reminded of a saying I’ve heard quite often: “You can never really go back.”

Nowhere is that more true than in California, which has grown significantly since I lived here two decades ago.

Stephen Hadley is a longtime surfer who lives and works in Galveston. If you have an idea for this column, email him at stephendhadley@gmail.com.

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