Santa Monica

Where is today’s post?

Beach in Santa Monica. Photo taken in 2009.

It was bound to happen sooner or later… I’ve fallen behind in posting. I wanted to share, today, another album of photos from my Baltics trip, but I’m so swamped with job applications (I’m applying to tenure track linguistics positions all over America; wish me luck!) and other things that I couldn’t get it done in time. Please accept, instead, this photo taken in Santa Monica at sunset, with beautiful natural coloring.

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Tongva Park (Santa Monica)

We were VERY impressed with this brand new, colorful park (Tongva Park) in Santa Monica, California, which we stumbled across without having heard anything about its construction. Check out the rest of my photos of it, or read it about it on wikipedia or yelp. Extra kudos to the city for making the entire park smoke-free! Photos taken in April 2014.

Murphy’s Ranch: Nazi Compound (Santa Monica) (2012)

IMG_0808fb - CopyOdd but true: There is an abandoned Nazi compound (Murphy’s Ranch) in happy-go-lucky Santa Monica, California, in Rustic Canyon. You can read about it here. The hike is famous for the ruins and the stairs (“secret” staircases in LA are kind of a thing). If you’d like to do this hike, there are plenty of places online that offer explicit directions and tips. Or, just take a “virtual” tour of it by looking at my photos.

Sad update (11/28/14): Like a good portion of the places in California I’ve visited in the past few years, this is being shut down due to poorly-behaved visitors. I hear the buildings are now fenced off (barbed wire) and that police officers are aggressively citing people for trespassing, plus issuing parking tickets (if you park nearer to the stairs). Please, if you hear about and care enough to visit cool places like this, do not vandalize them, leave garbage everywhere, or consume mass amounts of pot and alcohol there. Leave places as clean as–if not cleaner than–you found them. Encourage everyone you know to follow these rules, or places get shut down within months of becoming popular via the internet.