Joshua Tree Weekender
Since we were not bringing our kids on this trip we hopped in out '71 classic f 250 pickup truck and headed out to the desert Saturday late morning. The traffic piled up on the 10, lengthening our drive by almost an hour and as we pulled off the 29 palms exit, into a place with no reception, our truck overheated. We pulled to the side of the road and let her rest, I poured the last cold coconut la croux on the radiator to cool it down. We sat on the side of the road and drank beer, and finally, when the overflow tank stopped literally boiling over we made it up the hill to the gas station to get come coolant and a cold hose. You'd think, being a girl, I would have no idea what was going on, but between a quick facetime call to my dad and Tyler and I focusing on the problem together we were quickly back on the road to meet out friends at their amazing rental property out in Joshua Tree. After a cool rinse in the outdoor shower, catching up with friends and shooting bb guns we headed to Pappy & Harriet's to see a country band and have BBQ dinner. Though our dinner took 2 hours to receive, we danced the night away, caught up with random friends we ran into and sung along, loudly, to "Low Places". The night ended with a discounted bill ($29 for two steak dinners and drinks) and a starry ride home through the desert.
On Sunday we brunched at the most amazing restaurant I have ever eaten at- La Copine- then off-roaded to Giant Rock- a massive rock next to the "Giant Rock Airport" which was an uneven dirt field down some uneven dirt roads (WAZE will actually take you there its insane). We tested out the cactus & rock modes up the side of a steep hill in my girlfriends Land Rover and attempted "cookies" aka donuts blaring Hank Williams. We made our way back to the Integratron sound bath experience, which was somewhat relaxing if you like the sound that happens on the freeway when your kid rolls down just one back window. Regardless, it was still a nice break from the heat and we were in good company. We ended the evening popping a bottle of our wedding Veuve, making a big charcuterie board and riding motorcycles around the property. All in all, driving home Sunday night at dusk was absolutely stunning and we can't wait to get back out there again soon.
PHOTOS: TYLER WILLIAM PARKER and MYSELF