Through the Lens: photos from June

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Once again, another month has flown by, but July marks a special anniversary for me.

In mid-July of last year, John and I hit the road for an epic cross-country road trip. We were headed West by way of the suburbs of Baltimore.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost a year now, which is surreal to say. It seems like just yesterday we were crashing at a family friend’s house scouring Craigslist and Padmapper and Zillow and every other rental site you can think of for a place to call home. We’ve come a long way since then.

But before I get all nostalgic for last year’s big adventure, let’s take one last parting look at June’s adventures.

amp Angel City brewery

John played a couple of gigs, and I even joined him on background vocals for a few songs. We met some awesome people those nights.

LA Zoo El 7 Mares laundromat Silver Lake hills

I got to check out the L.A. Zoo, discovered my new favorite fish taco stand in Silver Lake, peeked into windows and dreamed about the houses in the hills.

This month’s highlight was a road trip to Big Bear Lake, just a couple hours east of L.A.

Big Bear Lake mountains

Big Bear was incredible. We camped there for the weekend and found the perfect site in Hanna Flats campground. The weather was perfect—crisp air and insanely blue skies. The highlight of the trip might’ve been the drive itself. As we climbed up more than 7,000 feet, we rose above a thick bed of clouds. I felt so small in the best possible way up in those mountains.

above the clouds Big Bear Big Bear trees Big Bear Lake Big Bear camping campsite Big Bear Lake burnt trees golden hour Cassie & John

Every time we go on a new adventure like this mini road trip and our last trip to Joshua Tree, I’m reminded of last summer and how I explored so many new-to-me parts of the country for the first time. I plan to always make that kind of adventure a regular part of my life. Being on the road and seeing how insanely different the landscape can be in just a couple hours’ drive blows my mind every time I get out there. I think that mind-blowing factor is good exercise for the brain.

For my fellow road trip enthusiasts out there, I’ve got something special planned for July that I think you’ll enjoy.

I’ve reached out to a handful of travel and photography enthusiasts who are going to be sharing their adventures in a summer road trip series, which will kick off this Friday (the Fourth of July!) and last throughout July—possibly longer. Because you can’t romanticize the Great American Road Trip enough.

So keep an eye out for that this week and join me in welcoming July! What are you looking forward to this month?

Comments

  1. Yay for your one year Cali-versary! :)

  2. Beautiful photos, as always! Big Bear looks amazing – and a lot like Canada!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      I’ve technically been to Canada, but I don’t remember it. I want to visit so I can see its natural wonders!

  3. It looks like June treated you well! I am SO excited for this roadtrip series. Hopping in a car and exploring this beautiful land is one of my favorite things to do in this world. :) here’s to that and to July!

  4. beautiful pictures! I’m most looking forward to my parents and grandma visiting for the first time since I moved to Austin last fall. I’m going to pack in all.the.things.

  5. Shut up, it’s already been almost a year?! That shit cray, yo.

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