For a girl who grew up in a tropical country, living in California can be pretty magical. I love traveling, and exploring new places, and being here enables me to literally see everything I've never seen before. You can wake up in the morning at the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean, then drive up to Big Bear mountain and be in the snow, just 3 hours away from LA, and then drive east for 2 hours, and all the sudden you're in the desert. You can literally do all this in one day, if you're up for it.
It all started a month ago when I was in my writing session. I've gone back into the swing of things after a couple of months break, but I don't know, it seems that I was still having this writers block and I can't break away from it.
So one day, while I was in the studio, I logged into my AirBnb account, and looked at some of my favourite houses on my list. And then I saw a rare opportunity - one of the places I've been eyeing on, this rustic guesthouse in Joshua Tree(this spot is so cool - it's always booked) was available for 1 night! I didn't think too much, just hit the book button and that was that.
So we packed for one night, and made our way to the desert. The drive was so beautiful. Adam has never been to desert so I'm excited to explore this place again with him!
It took us almost 2 hours to get there from LA (plus stopping by for snacks.) We finally got to our Airbnb. I was so excited when we got there! It was this really cute studio guest house that looked like an Ace Hotel room in the desert, and only 10 minutes from the Joshua Tree entrance. I loved everything - the decor, the furniture, the building.. and our host was very lovely too. It was perfect.
To get into the park, we had to pay $25.00 for our car. This pass is valid for 7 days, meaning you can camp in there our come in and out as you like for a week. We drove into the park, thinking, it looks like we're on a different planet. For a few hours before sunset, we walked around and took photos of the beautiful park. Then made our way to Yucca Valley, and stopped by an indian restaurant for food. We were starving, and oh my God, that was one amazing dinner. We went back to our Airbnb. There was very limited wifi, no TV, but the host provided some really books. I read one about surviving crazy situations (like what to do when you get bitten by a snake) and then fell asleep.
At 3a.m both of us got up because it was too quiet! We went outside to see the stars, it was freezing, but it was so beautiful outside, the stars were so bright! I bet if we were in the park right now, they would shine brighter. Most people like to camp in the park. If we had more time, we would've done the same if we had time constraint. I had to get back to the city for work. Next time!
In the morning we checked out of our pretty AirBnb, and went back to the park using our existing pass and checked out a popular hiking spot called the Skull Rock. We got there, parked, and climbed to the infamous rock that looked like a skull. We didn't take a picture there coz it was swarmed with people trying to get photos. But that's okay, we explored around the area and it was breathtaking. We were surrounded by extraterrestrial terrains, all that we're missing were spacesuits. Adam and I like to imagine how these rock formations started millions of years ago. You'll see a giant rock strategically placed on top of smaller rocks, and we would ask each other "How did it get up there?" and naturally and enthusiastically we answered our own question, "Aliens, man!"
Well actually, it wasn't the aliens. Apparently the rocks were formed millions of years ago due to our roiling, boiling planet.
Anyways, our trip was inspiring. It did the trick! Writers block cured! When I got back I was writing a song every day.. all I needed was a change of view, and some time with my boo! Here are some of my favourite photos and polaroids from our trip. We even made a little video (I'm trying to do one for every place we're visiting!). Music is "Pale Blue" - MOSSS
PS: The polaroid camera I was using was the Lomo Instant Wide Camera Central Park