On our way down the California coastline we stopped at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. I learned about William Randolf Hearst who was the mastermind of the eclectic and adventurous architecture of the castle. He was man of means and a big dream. He was inspired by the art of European cultures and he wanted to build an extravagant home for his collection. For Mr. Hearst, the castle grounds were a place to relax with his famous guests. For me, the castle grounds were a photography playground.