Through the Lens: photos from October


November already? Who signed off on this?

Oh hello, I’m back! Grad school is crazy lately (crazier, rather), but I’m back to this space because I’ve missed it so. It’s hard to step away from the blog, but, you know, priorities. On that note, I’m accepting guest posts to help keep things active around here. I’m particularly interested in posts about travel, feminism, careers and writing. Have an idea? Send it my way!

A little update on life here in L.A.: we’re having fall-like weather (that means highs in the 70s), and I’m already signing up for my final semester of grad school courses. Unreal.

Despite the madness, I still managed to shut the computer and get out for some exploration. (Again, priorities.) Check out these photos from October.

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Have you ever heard of Sunken City? Pictured above is the coastal section of land in San Pedro that in 1929 began sliding away from the coast, taking the road and even a couple of houses with it. Now, it’s a hangout spot for teenagers, graffiti artists and tourists (like us) who enjoy a little harmless trespassing. (Sunken City is blocked off with a fence that has a nice person-sized hole dug underneath to climb through.) It’s a fascinating mix of beautiful ocean views, impressive art and eerie ruins.


Below, behold: Corg-a-palooza at the Huntington dog beach. ‘Nuff said.

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I died a little. And no, I sadly did not walk away with a corgi. But there were plenty of corgi enthusiasts just like me who were there simply to be spectators. Adorable.

Then, a little more South Bay and beyond exploration, and a hike around Griffith Park to Batman’s original bat cave!

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We kept Halloween local and casual, heading over to a couple of our favorite neighborhood bars.

What did you get into for Halloween? And what are you looking forward to most in November? (It’s finally almost time for the most delicious holiday of the year!)


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  1. I got into absolutely nothing and I loved it – I enjoy taking it easy and am very much a home-body. 🙂 Hope your graduate studies are going swell! Corgi’s are so cute! Why don’t you adopt one?! Hope everything is well and that you had a wonderful Halloween weekend Cassie! -Iva

  2. No Halloween plans, but I am sending you an idea for a guest post.

  3. Me, me, me! I’ll guest post!

  4. How have I not heard of Sunken City when I have lived in the South Bay all my life. Awesome photos – I’ll have to check it out when I come home in a month! (time flies)

  5. Oh my gosh. I need to go to corgi day. They are just so cute it makes my heart explode. And Sunken City looks AWESOME. And so does Southbay.

    You win the month of October. I would have blogged less as well to see those amazing things.

  6. Corgi-central down on the beach, how fun. The Sunken City sounds really interesting.

  7. Duuuuude, let’s be explorers together more often! I have been shunning LA in favor of places a few hours away…I need to break that habit.

  8. I am very happy that, despite all the grad school stuffs, you’ve been able to get outside and treat yourself to time away from your workload. SO important. And these trips look like an awesome way to spend such time – batcave?! Um, haiiii, how fantastic?!

    Also, you look blummin’ marvellous leaning against that big-ass rock – beautiful gal <3

  9. Looks like a great October! Any month filled with any exploring and adventuring is a good month in my book. 🙂

  10. Urghh i know the feeling about grad school… sometimes I wonder how there are even enough hours in the day.. and then I remember that there just aren’t. Beautiful pictures, I’m so envious of the sunny cali weather, winter is probably here (today might be sunny but we had snow on the weekend) up here in Calgary. What am I looking forward to in November? 3 nights in Mexico for a wedding!

  11. I love ALL of these pictures! I have been wanting to go to the Sunken City for a long time now. So, so cool.

    I did a casual halloween as well. I just went to a house party. Weho on a halloween? No thank you, no thank you.

    If you ever need a guest post, you can holla at me. I just made a post on feminism at my blog that I’m super proud of, but I’ve got plenty more where that came from if you’re ever interested.

    Peace and puppies.

  12. I’ve never heard of the Sunken City, but now it’s on my list of places to explore!

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