Every year Chynna and I try to plan at least one trip together since we don’t get to see each other very often. This year we decided on a weekend trip to Joshua Tree. Yep…like the middle of the desert Joshua Tree.
Are we crazy to stay out in the middle of the desert in the heat of summer? maybe…but we were actually pretty lucky and found the perfect getaway desert oasis- El Rancho. I originally found this desert dwelling via Instagram and watched the owners Jeff + Candida flip this 1950’s house into the beautiful, art filled space it is now! At first getting there from Los Angeles was a little rough (I’m terrible at directions) and our car actually got stuck in the sand just a few minutes before sunset..BUT with a bit of digging and a friendly call from Candida with directions..we finally arrived safely.
Upon entering El Rancho, I felt as if I were coming home. The home was filled with small yet thoughtful details that gave it an artsy touch. My favorite detail of the home was the archway that led to the bedroom…weird one I know..but it gave me that feeling of going through a magic portal. Since it was already dark, we decided to get ready for bed and turn the lights out early so we could spend the next day exploring. However, sleep didn’t come right away. As soon as we turned out the lights, we were able to see the most amazing view of the stars. Even living in the more rural parts of Texas, I had never seen this many stars! It was a humbling experience and I was reminded of just how small we are in comparison to the rest of God’s creations.
The next morning we sprang up pretty early to watch the sunrise…(well I did since my body was still on central time) I dragged Chynna out to the backyard to take 1000 pictures of the gorgeous landscape surrounding us. Texas is pretty flat so I was super excited to turn around to see a mountain within walking distance. After a very impromptu photoshoot, Chynna and I uncrustified (yep real word) ourselves and made our way into town.
Jeff + Candida left a list of all of their favorite activities and eating places in town and I think we tried our best to visit every.single.one. We spent the majority of our second day climbing the rocks in Joshua Tree National Park and exploring the local vintage shops in town. Our favorite recommendation food wise was Frontier Cafe. They had the best breakfast sandwiches and matcha lattes (Chynna would recommend the Classic Egg Sandwich) . After a long day in the sun, we returned to our happy desert dwelling to enjoy an evening of smores and listening to records.
Big thank you to Jeff + Candida for hosting us at El Rancho. Having the chance to get away from the fast paced lifestyle and being able to unwind and disconnect was something I really needed. We thank you for the opportunity to create new memories!
Oh yeah! Chynna and I created a playlist for the drive out to Joshua Tree…all the trash trap music is from me 🙂 Enjoy!