The weather stays so warm here, it makes everything seem easier.

Most of the people on the Venice Boardwalk come from far away, 

escaping rough homes and dreaming of a warmer, freer life 

on the California coast.

Travelers rarely have the intention of staying long -- 

they have plans to hitchhike up north or catch a train back home. 

They say they're just passing through Venice for a few days in the sun. 

But so often they stay, trapped by the pull of the ocean's tide with no place left to go.

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