It's the long-overdue second part of our trip to LA!
Previously on the LA Trip: Day 1 - The Getty
On arrival day, I fell into bed in Palm Springs (almost literally...I believe I hit the floor trying to take off my jeans...Michael didn't laugh...too much ;) We awoke the next morning to lovely sunshine with just a little nip in the air. This is a shot of our hotel, which had a great breakfast and a lovely fire in the lobby.
The Coffee Bean. They actually knew how to make a real tea latte. Heaven.
After visiting a local Shag gallery (and then another Shag gallery), we headed off to Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree. First, though, I got to see all the windmills I'd missed the night before.
The first order of business was to find me some protein. This is sometimes a very tall order in California. The number one restaurant in the area, according to Trip Advisor, made a lovely salad from locally-sourced organic veggies, but the only protein option was tofu, which doesn't power me for more than 10 minutes. After the wonderful salad and bee pollen smoothie, we headed next door to the number two establishment, the Ricochet Gourmet (!) cafe.
I wish I'd taken a picture inside, but it was this tiny, tiny place (the width--and depth!--of the sign)...only a shared bench and two chairs around two tables...so I felt self-conscious snapping photos. The walls were covered in all manner of beat-up old stuff, AND some adorable frilly half-aprons (for $75 - $100 a pop!) "Eclectic" wouldn't even begin to describe it. We had the best tamales in the word! For dessert, we had a gluten-free chocolate cake, which was really good in spite of being gluten free. (I'm sure there are good gluten-free cakes out there, but usually they leave something to be desired.) We had the privilege of telling the baker that we enjoyed the cake, and she was very grateful for the praise. In fact, she told us all about what her design goals were with the cake, and the feelings that went into making the cake, and the feelings she hoped the cake inspired, all the while I was very distracted by the 3x4" pearl brooch that she had pinned to her fur hat, with dangles that kept hitting her forehead. Did I also mention she was wearing a sweater, with a poncho over it? I felt a lot was explained when we found out she owned the second-hand shoppe at the end of the strip, but Michael assured me I'd just had an encounter with a "real" dessert dweller. I...am not used to people talking about their deep, personal feelings with relation to cake (at least, not in a non-ironic way).
Thus fortified, we headed out to the Indian Cove Campground, where Michael spent many a Boy Scout camping trip, to look at (and climb on) the cool rock formations. Probably more than you want to know about how they formed can be found here.
We then headed off to the 29 Palms Inn, where the original twenty-nine palm trees are located around the Oasis of Mara.
Finally, we headed off to Joshua Tree National Park. Again, it was way too cold (down to about 45 F WITHOUT the wind chill, and we did not have proper windbreakers or sweaters!) to hike, so we drove through and enjoyed the scenery (with the occasional stop and quick trot to get a good shot!) The main attraction? The Joshua trees, of course!
Also, more wonderful rock formations...
Day three will find us travelling to Hollywood...
|Awe-inspiring rocks and vegetation in Joshua Tree National Park! |
Stay tuned as we are Hollywood-bound!