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 🙂

Palm Springs 2013

This last weekend, my best friend and I took a short road trip to Palm Springs to get away from work and life and just to relax. Man, was it worth it.

On our way to Palm Springs we decided to take an hour and half detour to Niland and to check out Salvation Mountain. I’ve seen pictures of this place, but for some reason I always thought it was Italy or some where near there. Yeah, don’t ask me why. The road to Salvation Mountain is a bit lonely because you’re on a two way highway along the Salton Sea for about 40-50 miles. There’s really no one out there, I was so glad to have my best friend out there with me. Along the Salton Sea, there are so many abandon buildings, it was kind of hard to believe that the area once thrived with tourist back in the day. When we got there, we were both awe-struck. It was so beautiful. We stood there for a while when we got of the car just to admire how much work and time was put into this place. The mountain is scrawled with bible verses and sacred words. I’m not religious, but this place really touched me emotionally for some reason. We spent a good hour there just admiring the work that has been put in there. It was truly amazing. If you want to learn more about Salvation Mountain, click here.

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So after that, we head back towards Palm Springs. We checked into our hotel and decided to rest for a little bit before we headed into downtown. We decided to have a quick and casual lunch at Grind Brgr Bar. We people watched for about an hour before heading back to our hotel to rest up for a nice long dinner. We headed out towards downtown again and walked around to see what the local sights were. We just took our time walking around because downtown is pretty small. We saw the big Marilyn Monroe and checked out the local shops. For dinner, we decided to spend the evening at Lulu California Bistro. I think what caught our eye for this place was the clean and white decor and the kind of retro feel it had. We ended up spending about 3 hours there enjoying our food, drinks, and had long conversations. It was quite nice. The waiters were all really great and attentive. What more can you ask for?

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The next morning, we decided to sleep in and catch up on some sleep. We decided to end our trip at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to check out the mountain top. The ride was so much fun! A little nerve racking because it’s about a ten minute trip up there and it’s about a 2.5 mile trek as well. The view was a great pay off. The sights were so beautiful and the air was so crisp when we got up to the top. We decided to have a relaxing lunch up there to enjoy the views even more. After our ride back down about 2.5 hours later, we decided to head home.

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This trip with my bestie was amazing. With our hectic schedules with work and life getting in the way, it’s always nice that we can make time for each other. We have been best friends since high school and it’s great that we can spend time together like no time has past. This trip was great because I got to enjoy beautiful scenery, wonderful food and drinks, and got to bond more with my bestie!

Hope you enjoyed the long read! 🙂