My Day ALMOST Alone In The Desert
Those of you that have been reading my blog for while will remember last year I wrote a post about my 1 day adventure in the Mojave Desert by myself. If you missed it, you can check it out HERE. Last year, I thought that day was a once in a lifetime gig, but it turns out with some luck, good planning AND a very understanding and supportive family… anything is possible:)
I had such as amazing experience last April, that I decided to do it again… but this time my sister-in-law Margo went with me, hence the day ALMOST alone in the desert. We basically repeated what I did last year, but of course the day varied a little this year.
Why even spend a day in the desert you might ask?
For me, it really isn’t about the desert, although I do tend to recharge when I connect with nature. It’s about scheduling time FOR myself and TO myself. It’s about spending time on personal reflection and finding calm in what is normally a crazy life. It’s about de-stressing and recharging my batteries, and for some reason SO FAR the desert has been my place to do that. I have to schedule this type of adventure months in advance, because as many of you know it is NOT easy to just disappear for an entire day.
Our day started with a 2 hour drive to the Integratron, which is an acoustically perfect dome shaped structure in Landers, CA (which is located in the Mojave Desert). This place has quite a bit of history to it that you can check out HERE. We enjoyed a 60 minute Sound Bath, which might sound weird, but it’s actually a very cool experience! And for those wondering, NO we didn’t actually take a bath and YES, we kept all of our clothes on! I went into detail about it in my blog post last year, but if you want to learn more about the Integratron and its Sound Bath, click HERE
After getting “blissed out” at the Integratron, we headed over to my favorite little cafe called La Copine. I discovered this beloved diner in the middle of nowhere a year ago when I saw it featured on an episode of Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain. If you want to read more about La Copine, LA Eater wrote a great aritcle about it HERE
After an amazing lunch, we continued our day with a 30 minute drive into Joshua Tree National Park. Don’t be fooled by the name “park.” Joshua Tree is over 1,200 square miles and gets over 2 million visitors every year. I’m not even sure if it’s possible to see it all in one trip, let alone just one day. Camping wasn’t an option and by the time we arrived there wasn’t much time to do any quality hiking, so instead we drove to the highest peak in the park called Keys View and made ourselves comfortable while we enjoyed what was left of the day.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? I MEAN REALLY RELAX!!
I’m not much of a reader (although I wish I was), so the book you see below is my idea of relaxing while on a mountaintop! Last year I brought along some adult coloring books, which was fun too!
Of course, FOOD is very important to me and pretty much always included in everything I do, so I had to pack some charcuterie to enjoy while taking in the view! My sis-in-law brought the wine:)
What adventure would be complete without a beautiful sunset?! It was a tad hazy, but no one was complaining! We simply enjoyed the scenic view and let everything in life go… even for a brief time!
I love sharing pictures from my latest adventure with you, but truth be told, for me there is a greater message and purpose in writing blog posts like this one. I think whether it’s an entire day or just a few minutes that we might be able to grab, finding time for ourselves is critical to our health and happiness! It’s our time to reflect, time to recharge and time to sit and just BE! You don’t need to go to the desert, or a mountaintop to find your personal bliss or seek profound introspection. You DO however, need to make the time because more than likely, it isn’t going to just fall into your lap.
So my friends, my wish for you is to create some time FOR yourself! Think about what makes you happy. Think about what you want in life. You hold the power to create the life you want and deserve, so don’t wait for it… GO OUT AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Love and blissful hugs! oxo