TRAVEL DIARY: JOSHUA TREE

For my birthday, two of my close friends and I headed out to Joshua Tree for the weekend to get away from the city and embrace the natural beauty the desert has to offer. We rented an Airbnb which was even better than we expected. It was rock-n-roll themed, super clean, and secluded. It had a hot tub, steam room, and sauna. We spent our evenings laying in the hammocks and watching the stars. It felt like we were in another world. I love getting away and what’s especially great about California is the amount of places you are able to travel by car. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there from where we live. Our first night we relaxed and watched the full moon from the hammocks.

The next morning we headed to Palm Springs to lay out by the pools. We then headed back to the house for lunch. We hung out for a bit and then made our way over to Joshua Tree National Park. Since it was the weekend of Earth Day, we didn’t have to pay to go in. It was a lot bigger than I was expecting. We had to fill up our gas tank before we went in as we were told it could be up to a 70 mile drive through the whole park. The timing of our drive was perfect as we finished up during the sunset. If you are able to make it there in your lifetime, I highly advise going. We got back to the house, grilled veggie burgers, and then finished the night in the steam room and hot tub.

The next day was Easter, and also the last day of our getaway. We spent our morning having coffee in the backyard taking in the blue skies and mountain views. We packed up the car and headed over to the Palm Springs area. We rented ATVs over near the Salton Sea. The smell of salt really will hit you in the face. We had 87,000 acres to mob out through. I grew up on ATVs and dirt bikes, so this was my kind of day. We had such a good time and I left with only one bruise. Not bad. We headed back to LA. Thankfully we missed most of the Coachella traffic as we had a Game of Thrones episode to catch. The weekend was the perfect way to bring in my 26th birthday. I am grateful for another year on Earth!

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