Darling birdies, have you noticed some radio silence going on here? Well, I am officially ending it right now! We’ve been on a short vacation in Joshua Tree with Yossi’s parents, that is the reason (I hope you’ve been following my adventures on Instagram). So today I am going to recall all these hot, dusty, full of nature and peaceful mind memories along with some travel tips on how to make your Joshua Tree getaway right and remember it as “a perfect weekend”. Obviously, I have a gazillion photos from our JT vacation, but I will try, I will reeeeally try to make it short. If this won’t happen, I apologize in advance:)
5 tips for a perfect Joshua Tree Getaway :
1. Find the right place for your stay. I’ll pass on the love ode to Airbnb and proceed straight to the point. We chose this place for our two nights Joshua Tree getaway and it was the right choice indeed! First of all, remember that desert sun is cruel and most likely you will spend the majority of time chilling inside. That is why I find important your chosen place to be not only clean and well stocked with all the necessities, but also interesting, entertaining and yes, gorgeously decorated. Which all happen to be related to our Airbnb house. Full of light, strong AC (remember, it’s goes far over 95F in August!), amazingly styled, spacious and overall a pleasant place to stay. I was sold when I saw the so-called “Cowboy Pool”, that we’ve spent 80% of our time in sipping cold ciders, laughing and catching some Californian tan.
2. Pack your vacation essentials. Think comfy clothes, sun protection (separate post on my Joshua Tree beauty essentials will be on the tomorrow!), hat, sunglasses, table games, book, laptop (only if you can’t get apart of your thing even for a day, like yours truly) and other weekend essentials you may have to make your desert discovery time more comfortable. Speaking of essentials, Kind & Good Santa Barbara blanket is one of those things : soft, extra-snuggly and can easily accommodate two stargazing / sun bathing / chilling love birds. Not to mention it’s extra-trending banana leaf print, round shape and little tassels! Love at first Californian sight!
3. Make memories. Living in the moment is great, but something tells me completely relying on my memory is not enough and photo diary is another essential vacation thing. Pack your camera, and don’t forget a polarizing filter (I repeat : the sun is harsh!). Joshua Tree proved to be a top location for editorial shootings, but so it is for an unforgettable family album : all that nature, plants and desert animals you can meet without go far away from your house! My animals-to-see plan was almost complete : huge lizards, desert iguana (I guess it’s the one pictured below), hawk, a whole family of ridiculously cute Gambel’s quails, ground squirrel and rabbits (I managed to catch one with my camera, but I forgot the filter in a hurry to chase the rabbit…). Joshua Trees, Mojave yuccas and all type of cactus are everywhere you look.
4. Joshua Tree Park is a must. Do yourself a favor and under no circumstances DO NOT MISS a ride through the Joshua Tree Park. The entrance fee is 20$ per car and the opportunity to visit lots of incredible places, watch sunset on the Keys View and enjoy the whimsical landscapes is all yours! We went there in the late afternoon as we hoped for a cooler weather. However we haven’t visited as much as we planned, it got dark really quick. Joshua Tree Park definitely left me with a plan to come back for more later in the Autumn.
5. Stay hydrated. Probably, the most important tip! Drink water twice more than you usually do at home, and hydrate your skin properly (essential beauty tips for desert getaway survival coming tomorrow to the blog!).
That’s all for today, Desert Beauty Essentials post is coming tomorrow, make sure to stop by!