driving discoveries

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Road trips have become one of my favorite adventures. Even just day trips to a nearby town I've never been to. Sometimes it is nice to sit still but recently I can't seem to. After growing up in southern California and living in Phoenix for eight years, it was time to finally go to Joshua Tree. Myles and I decided to take a two day, one night excursion to the national park and stay nearby in Hickville Trailer Palace (an small community of themed trailers-loctaion unknown). Upon leaving, his friend commented on the ugliness of joshua trees and all of a sudden it was my mission to convince him and myself that they were not in fact ugly and that this park was going to be amazing. I set my hopes high. Hopes which started to dwindle as we drove through twenty nine palms and were not impressed with the desolate surroundings. But we trekked on and felt better once we arrived at the trailer palace. A great little retreat with archery, a pool in the center and many more communal activities on the grounds. We did however plan this trip last minute and were forced to book the Zombie Apocalypse trailer, which would NOT have been my first choice. I'm not a fan of scary movies, or scary things in general. But it was one of the bigger accommodations and they truly committed to the design. Zombie-fied gnomes lined the path to our shack that was full of detailed zombie murals and instructions on how to survive etc. IMG_4003 IMG_4005 IMG_4006 IMG_3991 IMG_4014-2 IMG_4029 IMG_4031 IMG_4028 IMG_4043 IMG_4040 IMG_4034 IMG_4025 IMG_4026 IMG_4027 IMG_4023

After exploring the grounds, we headed to Pioneer Town for dinner and live music. Drinks and pool and a beautiful sunset! And back at the trailer park-making new friends, rooftop hot tub and the most gorgeous display of stars I have ever seen.

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The next day was our adventure into the national park. I was ready for some Joshua Trees. And boy were there a lot of them. And i do have to admit that they are some weird looking trees, but hundreds of them together are surely impressive. And some of the rocks formations are incredible.

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The trip ended on two positive notes- I still don't think Joshua Trees are ugly and we did not run into any zombies.