Some came unprepared for the cooler weather, shivering in hoodies, flip-flops and one in a Dodgers cap.
"Don't know how much walking I'll be doing," said Paul Paone, 57, a grandfather wearing flip-flops and shorts.
Californians have been leaving the Golden State for decades in search of cheaper housing, lower taxes and a different way of life. According to a UC Berkeley poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times last year, more than half of California's registered voters have considered leaving the state. For thousands, that search leads to Texas. California lost 1 million residents to other states from 2007 to 2016, about 2.5% of its total population, and Texas was the most popular destination, according to a 2018 report from the state Legislative Analyst's Office. The main reasons Californians cited for wanting to leave: high housing costs (71%), taxes (58%) and the state's political culture (46%).