2017 April Adventures: Denver, Mojave, & Palm Desert

April has come and gone in a flash! April was filled with catching up with an old friend and exploring the desert with some familiar faces. Keep reading to see what Wesley and I were up to during some of the weekends in April.

Denver, Colorado: In early April, I went to go visit my best friend who recently moved to Denver for school. I was so excited to see her because the last time we saw each other was during Christmas time. When I was planning my trip out to see her, I made no real plans but to just hang out with her. Although, I did want to see the Red Rock Amphitheater and that was it. The first day that I got there we hung out at her apartment and caught up and at night we went out to dinner at a local restaurant. The next day we took our time to go out to the Red Rock Amphitheater and took in the sites and views from the theater. We then headed out to the Celestial Seasonings tea factory and took a tour of the factory. It was pretty cool to see how to the tea was made and how it was packaged. After, we headed over to Boulder Colorado to see what the cute and quaint town had to offer. We had lunch at the cutest tea lounge I’ve ever been to and walked around the downtown area. During my last day, we headed to downtown Denver and spent some time at the Botanic Gardens. The gardens were so beautiful and all of the flowers were in bloom. Later that night I headed back home to Los Angeles. It was a quick weekend trip out to see my best friend. All I wanted to do out there was to spend time with her and to catch up with her, which we did! Hopefully in the near future I could go out to see her again!

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Mojave Camping: Yes, we went camping… again! I’m not sorry! WE LOVE CAMPING! Anyways, we headed out to the Mojave early Saturday morning to meet our friends who had already been camping since the night before on Friday. When we arrived, it was a huge campsite! There were about 40 people in our group, which is the largest group I’ve ever camped with. Also, there were a lot of rattle snakes in the camp site! 😦 Thankfully, we had a few brave souls who were willing to take of them. During day, a small group of us went out to off road and to explore the desert. While out, we explored a few caves and small and deserted homes. My favorite cave was one that was dug out by ONE MAN and took him 38 years to complete. We went through the cave and at the end of the cave trail was a beautiful view of the valley. At night, the camp organizers fed us with Hawaiian BBQ and Korean BBQ… it was so amazing and so tasty! Everyone at the camp site were so gracious and so nice. Although we were only out there for one night, it was so a lot of fun to meet new people to explore a new area.

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Desert X – Palm Desert: At the end of the month, our camping buddies joined Wesley and I to the Palm Desert to check out the last day of the Desert X installations. I had been wanting to check out the art for a while, but of course, I wait the last minute to actually plan to go. Desert X was a really fun experienced. All of the art is scattered through out the Palm Desert from Coachelle Valley to Indio to Palm Springs and so on. The organizers of  Desert X only provide a coordinates of where the art is located. It was kind of like a scavenger hunt. We checked out most of the art, but because it was the last day… there were a lot of people! But, I had expected it already. My favorite installation was the Mirage house. Its was a house covered in mirrors, both inside and out. It gave a pretty cool effect and looked like the house wasn’t really there. We took our time looking at the art and enjoyed ourselves during our time out in the desert. I’m really glad that we were all able to go out together and see the art before they were gone.

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April was fun month of exploring and catching up with old friends and making new friends. We are already well into May and I have some excited things that are coming up. Both May and June are going to be filled with some travel and weddings! So I’m excited to share those at the end of month. Thanks for reading… Till next time 🙂

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Big Bear 2015| Photo Diary

Over Labor Day weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to head out Big Bear to explore the San Bernardino mountains. We arrived in Big Bear at around 9:00 AM to check into our Airbnb and then headed out to the Gold Mountain and Jacoby Trail. The Gold Mountain trail was really fun, but really challenging to do when you go on your own. We hope to go back again. When then headed to the Jacoby Trail which offered great scenic views and a more calmer trail. After, we headed out to the Village in the heart of Big Bear city to have lunch. We explored the downtown area and headed back to our cabin for the rest of the evening.

The next day, we went to check out Snow Summit and did some scenic hiking around the mountain top. To get to Snow Summit, you take the ski lift up and ride it up for about 15 minutes. The ride gives you great views of the lake and Big Bear city. We spent a good part of the late morning there and then headed down to the Village again. We did some souvenir shopping and grabbed some coffee too. Later that night, we went on an evening cruise around the lake and saw a great sunset. After the cruise we went to have a late dinner in downtown. It was a great way to end our short trip in Big Bear.

Big Bear is a great weekend getaway destination and offers a lot of fun outdoor. Till next time! See ya!

Pioneertown | Joshua Tree

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I along with our friends decided to explore Joshua Tree and near by Pioneertown. I really love the desert and what the landscape has to offer. Even though it was pretty hot… about 100 degrees… it was still a lot of fun! We first headed towards Pioneertown. Pioneertown started out as a live in set for old westerns that were made back in the 40’s, since then it has turned into a cute quaint town for vistors to explore. It’s super cute and they even have a town shoot out between two dueling cowboys. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay to watch, instead after our quick visit, we headed out to Joshua Tree. Even though my boyfriend and I went there recently, we couldn’t stay away! Since our friends like to off road and explore, we thought it be fun to explore some trails out in the park. I love that we are able to explore landscapes through dirt roads and off the beaten path. It gives you great opportunities to see the landscape in a whole different way.

This day was pretty spontaneous and so amazingly fun! Check out the video below to see what went down! Enjoy!

Pioneertown | Joshua Tree from Jasmine on Vimeo.

Photo Diary: A Day in Joshua Tree

This weekend my boyfriend and I wanted to go off roading and exploring for the day, but also near our place. We decided to head out to Joshua Tree, which is about a 2.5 hour drive from Los Angeles. While doing some research we found an easy trail to follow. We usually don’t like to off road by ourselves, just because it could be dangerous, but we did our research and found that this would be fine to do on our own. The trail is called the Geology Tour Road. It’s an 18 mile trail loop that goes into the center of the park. It give great views of the park and is an easy drive through the park. It is recommended that you use a four-wheel drive vehicle. But we think that you don’t necessarily need a four-wheel drive vehicle, but you definitely need a high clearance SUV. After we did the loop of the Geology Tour Road, we headed towards the Berdoo Canyon Road Trail. For this trail, you definitely should use a four-wheel vehicle. It does have some rough terrain that can be more difficult for none off-roading vehicles. At the end of this trail, is a sort of shooting range for amateur gun enthusiast, so you’ll see tons of shot gun shells everywhere. Overall, the trip out to Joshua Tree was amazing. I’ll definitely be back to do more exploring and hopefully some camping!

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Death Valley!

This past weekend my boyfriend and I went to Death Valley to explore the area and to enjoy some off roading in my boyfriend’s Land Cruiser. I love the desert and it’s beauty! If you ever have the chance to go out there, do it! I watched amazing sunsets and was able to see the stars so clearly. It was an amazing experience and I would do it all over again! Here is a quick video of what went down. Enjoy!

Make sure to check it out in HD!