As you guys know now, I’m moving to CALIFORNIA. Life just took a turn and hopefully it’s a good one. I’m out here now for a short burst before the holidays and am making the most of it. We just got back from Joshua Tree and I am officially ready to go back. You would think after going to Marfa that I would remember how beautiful the desert is. But I never do. Y’all Joshua Tree was awesome. Let’s get into it!
Here is what we did in one day at Joshua Tree:
Since we only had one day to spend in the desert, we got up early and headed out of LA for the 2 1/2 hour journey. Honestly went pretty quickly and the scenery was plenty to gawk at during the drive.
Our first stop was Joshua Tree National Park (obvs) where we found out that dogs can’t go on the trails! SO— that almost put a damper on everything because we had Mitch in the car. Thankfully there were a few spots we could take him out of the car, but just FYI they can only go where cars go and in picnic areas. So you may want to leave your puppo at home if you want to experience the park, which is what we did the next morning!
But it’s sad they can’t join because just look at this rock playground!
After we had a jaunt in Joshua Tree National Park (and promptly decided to come back early in the morning) we headed to our airbnb! We stayed here and we can’t wait to plan a trip back ASAP! Our host met us as we came in and introduced our pups (who are now best buds. mitch is sad to be home). We laid around for a minute and admired all the cool details of our place for the night. Highlights: vintage organ, hats for sale with their dog Bodhi on them, record player with a range of tunes, a cool light handmade light fixture among other things… Oh yea, they made a barn on their property into a bar.
Did we mention the stars at night? We could see every one of em’. But before we get to that, lets go back to dinner. Our hosts pointed us in the direction of Crossroads Cafe, and since we hadn’t eaten lunch (bad idea) we headed straight there. It did not disappoint. Homey, cool vibes, and great food. I got a glass of wine and some pesto pasta and was completely satisfied. To make the night even better we got some hot chocolates to go to sit on the deck at our airbnb and watch the dogs run around in the night.
The next morning we got up early and I flew my drone! Finally! Stay tuned for a highlight video complete with drone shots. After I got some sunrise videos we headed back to the park to Skull Rock! I think this was our favorite part of the trip because we basically got to be kids in a rock playground. Kabir kept yelling at me to be careful but my child climbing instincts kicked in and I kept my butt close to the rocks and scampered over everything. I asked if we could come back every weekend because I’m 5 years old, but he said yes. He must like me. Or Joshua Tree.
We did a quick little hike to Barker Dam in our extra allotted time and then headed for coffee in town at Joshua Tree Coffee Company, a cute little place with a great patio. I’m not a coffee person, but Kabir said it was good. So there you go. Shortly after we went back to the airbnb, packed our things, let the dogs romp for another few minutes and then headed out down the dirt road leading back to LA.
Joshua Tree, we’ll certainly be back as much as possible.