Better late than never, here is a photo diary of the trip that Jeff and I took to Joshua Tree in December 2017. This was such a special trip and it came after a wonderful few days in LA (read my LA guides here and here). Just when I thought the trip couldn't get any better, we drove the desert and were greeted with views like this:
Casa de Agave
Jeff always finds great Airbnbs, but he really found a gem in Joshua Tree. We stayed at Casa de Agave in downtown. This home was in the perfect location because you were simultaneously close to downtown and the park, but it also felt secluded. Below are a few shots of the house and you can see the full tour here.
One of my favorite parts of the property was this massive outdoor deck. The back doors of the house opened all the way which gave the home a beautiful indoor/outdoor feel. It was very cold when we were there, so we didn't get to enjoy hanging out on the deck very much, but I imagine that it's just beautiful in the Spring and summer.
Even though the cabin was a studio, it felt spacious and airy. So much thought went into the design and there were unexpected details everywhere that you looked. The backsplash in the kitchen was a favorite of mine that that tile work was absolutely inspired!
Joshua Tree National Park
A highlight of the trip for me was Joshua Tree National Park. Since I've been an East Coaster my entire life, this landscape felt very new to me and I loved every minute of it. Below are lots of shots from our trip to the park, which was one of the most beautiful places that I've ever been to.
The highlight of the trip without a question was on our last night we drove to the park in the middle of the night to take photos of the stars. It took several minutes to get each shot and it was so dark that we had to keep scanning the desert with a red flashlight to look for critters that might be coming to visit.
One thing that I was NOT expecting to find in Joshua Tree was a new favorite ceramicist! We stopped by an abandoned movie set and stumbled on the pottery studio, MazAmar Art Pottery.
I unfortunately don't have pictures from inside of the studio, but bought the most amazing vase from Elizabeth Eisenstein. She is one to watch for sure and I can't wait to watch her work. You can see her vase below after it made it all the way back from California. I was so worried that it would break on the trip home, but we somehow made it!
I don't know how to describe the Integratron, so I will let the website do it for me. It was a wild experience and I highly recommend visiting this unique place and booking a sound bath. Don't read to much about it before you go...just experience it.
All good things must come to an end. Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? Let me know in the comments! What was your favorite part about your trip? I will end this post with a final shot from Casa de Agave.