Sometimes the best thing to do is getaway.
Going to Cali
When an old friend calls and wants you to join in on a celebration, you should just go. Getting away from the normal can be just the ticket to spark creativity, recharge your passions and it’s FUN! So when I got the call to go to Joshua Tree for my oldest friend’s big birthday, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t want to spend some of this January somewhere warm and dry? Besides, I’d never been. And I could ride with another old friend from LA, see her family and catch up all around. So many birds with one stone. Using Kayak, my go to website for all things travel, I did manage to get a great flight from DC to LA on Virgin America, maybe the best flying experience I’ve had. The skies were clear over the whole country. I was able to see America pass beneath us. And even though it was supposed to be a full flight, there was no one in the middle seat, so I had a little room to sprawl.
Landed in LA to meet my good friend (sexybitch) and get whisked back to her cool and comfortable Westwood home. The next day we hit the road to meet the rest of the gang in Joshua Tree. The house was lovely. A great find on VRBO, a cute, comfortable three bedroom cottage with a great kitchen, hot tub and outdoor fireplace aptly named ‘Sunset Terrace’.
Sunset from Sunset Terrace
We had a great afternoon planning our next few days and catching up. On tap for the next morning?
A Sound Bath. OK, I’m game.
So after lovely breakfast of amazing Greek yoghurt and some of my very own granola, we head through the towards the Integratron. Their pictures of the structure are much better than the ones I snapped, so check out their website to see the observatory-like building where the sound baths are held.
We couldn’t help ourselves as we drove through the barren landscape, we had to stop and capture the moment.
I arrived at the Integraton with an open mind. It certainly does look cool. The grounds had a hammock area, seating, patio space. The building itself looks like an observatory. In the introductory remarks, before the giant crystal singing bowls are played, the construction of the building and the location are discussed. Apparently, the Venutians told the builder where to put it and how to construct this perfect acoustical space using no metal fasteners on top of a natural energy vortex and it’s supposed to regenerate your cells.
Once we settled in comfortably on the floor, and the bowls were played. It was easy to get lost in the tones. I did feel a bit of electricity between my hands and my belly. Was that my cells regenerating?
We spent the afternoon driving around and through joshua Tree National Park, honing in our hiking plans for the next day. We passed some amazing rock formations. It looked straight of the scene from Galaxy Quest with the pig lizard and the rock monster.
ROCK! ROCK! ROCK!
The next day we hiked to 49 Palms Oasis. As I was telling my friends along the way about my teenage disappointment on a trip to the Grand Canyon when I was 13 when Ribbon Falls, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert did not live up to my expectations. I was trying not to set my hopes too high for this oasis. We passed over several rocky hills dotted with cacti (red-barrel cactus was my favorite) and came around the bend to see, rising from the dusty gulch a group of large palm trees in the distance. (We tried to count, but couldn’t tell if there were really 49). It was pretty cool. And a lovely hike.
That evening we celebrated the big birthday, hot tubbed & enjoyed the firepit. I can really get a blaze going!
The next day was our last at Joshua tree. It went by so fast!
On our way back to LA, we crossed through Joshua Tree and stop at the Cholla Cactus Garden, saw completely different landscapes AND caught a glimpse of the Salton Sea from the 10. I had such a great time catching up with my old friends. I hope we can do it again soon!
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming….
Don’t forget to get you honey some Grubby for Valentine’s Day!
And how great is this sign!