Weekend trips to Joshua Tree remind me of how much I love living in Southern California. Even though it’s just a couple hours drive from the city, you feel like you’re in a whole new world — there really is something magical about it. A couple weekends ago, some friends and I drove down to Joshua Tree and stayed in an airbnb for a weekend to celebrate one of my best' friend’s birthdays. It was a short, yet sweet, trip, and made me think that weekend getaways should become a regular thing in my life. Here’s to hoping they will.
Mornings at home are usually slow. It’s hard to wake up, and almost impossible to get out of bed. Yet, during this weekend away, I somehow woke up at 7 or 8am, despite the fact that I had gone to bed late the night before. Easy, slow mornings were spent lounging on the couch, catching up on reading for school before anyone else was even up. But it didn’t feel like work. As people started to trickle into the living area, we would brew a Chemex of Joshua Tree Coffee Company’s Breakfast Bliss, which is now officially my favorite coffee. I can drink this coffee black, and I will drink 6 cups of it in one morning, without fail.
One of the things I loved most about this airbnb was the light. I forgot how nice it was to wake up to natural light — living in Downtown, this is unfortunately something I don’t experience very often. To keep my skin hydrated in the cold and wind (the desert doesn’t get warm until March or April, people…) I made sure to bring simple yet effective favorites like Summer Fridays Overtime and Jet Lag masks, my go-to Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream, Glossier’s Balm Dot Com, and Glossier Cloud Paint for a pop of color.
We spent afternoons hiking (or rather, walking) in Joshua Tree National Park, admiring the incredible rock formations and formidable Joshua Trees, and regretting that many of us were not prepared for the blustery conditions of the desert in late January.
In the evenings, we were greeted with a glorious sunset. The kind of sunset you just can’t look away from. The kind of sunset that almost looks fake. These photos? No filter. Just me living my best desert life, wrapped in a warm Levis sherpa jacket and doing my best cowgirl impression in a Brixton hat.
This is my reminder to you: take that weekend vacation. Drive up the coast and stay at a cozy hotel, b&b, or airbnb for even a few days. This is my way to get away from the monotonous, busy weeks of work and school, because a getaway doesn’t have to involve a transatlantic flight. You never know what’s right around your neighborhood.