Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Watts Towers in 1975

I couldn't find the best way to incorporate this into my blog post from August when I visited the Watts Towers, but I still wanted to share some vintage photos from my Mom's trip there in 1975.  The Towers have changed a bit since 1975, you can't climb on it anymore, and you can't go inside without purchasing a tour. I don't think the very last photo was at the towers, but its a random picture of my dad in the 70s!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gettin' Idyllwild.

Last weekend Brian and I headed to Idyllwild with Rachelle, Aaron, Paula and Matt.  Idyllwild is located on the west side of the San Jacinto mountain range.  Just to give you some perspective, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree are on the east side of the range.  The west side of the range is like a whole different world.

Brian was our designated driver again, so I got to record some of the view on the way over.

Before setting up camp we took an excursion into the town of Idyllwild to eat breakfast and shop.  The area is full of travelers, bikers, rock climbers, hikers, locals, and occasionally adorable alpacas (I want one). There is so much to do here, that I feel like you should spend a weekend just staying in the town seeing all of the shops and restaurants, and another weekend just in the mountains checking out the different nature trails.

The shops I visited all leaned a little hippie/spiritual, but they are fun to peruse and they smelled good because of all of the incense.

shot by Rachelle Neshkes

Shot by Rachelle Neshkes

When we got to the campsite we set up, and then decided to go on an easy trail to warm up for the next day.  We ended up on a horse trail, but it was beautiful just the same, and we got to see horses!

If you're into hopping on boulders, there are several large rock formations to climb in the area!

The next day we went on the Devil's Slide trail. Apparently you need a permit to hike on state lands in Idyllwild, so be sure to stop by the Mt. San Jacinto State Park Ranger Station before you go so that you can register for a permit.

The Devil's Slide trail was pretty hard, but it was completely worth it to get those amazing views.  It was a great hike because it was perfect weather, and it was mostly shaded.  We opted not to go to the top of the mountain due to time constraints, so we ended up at a junction that is part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
It was pretty awesome to be in the midst of people who were traveling so far.  I would love to take a couple of months off and experience the trail from start to finish.  Maybe one day...

Junction group shot c/o Matthew McPherson

I'd love to go back to Idyllwild and check out a couple more trails, and maybe even hike part of the PCT.  It is great for the weekend to get a taste of the town and surrounding nature.  I would probably suggest 3-4 days so you can do a little bit more of exploring the town and hiking trails.

Shirt + Nordstrom
Shorts + Insight Venice
Boots + Thrifted
Hat + Dofrman Pacific 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Joshua Tree Weekend Getaway

Joshua Tree is about two hours from Los Angeles, but it feels like a whole different world.  Brian and I have been on a roll when it comes to weekend camping trips lately, so when Brian's friends invited us to join them in Joshua Tree, we couldn't resist!

I did some research and realized that there were several points of interest along the way to JT that were worth checking out.

Our first stop was the in the unassuming little city of Rialto, CA. Right off of historic Route 66, you can find something you don't see everyday.  It is a very unique motel where all of the rooms are actually teepees! We didn't get to look inside the "teepees", but the outside was like nothing I have ever seen before.

Our next stop was the location of the first ever McDonalds. The actual restaurant was demolished, but the original sign is still there, as well as a commemorative museum.  The museum is small and needs a little work, but it was fun to walk through and see all of the old characters that McDonalds has had through the years.

Our last stop before Joshua Tree was the famous Cabazon Dinosaur roadside attraction that is right off of the 10 freeway.  I've been out that way a couple of times, but always managed to miss the dinos.  I finally got out to check them out, and they are really quite large.  It was a fun little photo opp!

Joshua Tree is calm and peaceful.  When the sun went down we could see so many stars!  Our group decided to star gaze, so we all laid out on huge boulders and looked up at the sky for a while. I think I saw 3 or 4 shooting stars that night. It was beautiful!

The next morning we decided to go rock hopping, because Joshua Tree has a ton of huge boulders.  We spent a good hour or two hopping around rocks before heading home.

c/o Brains Rigazzi

c/o Brains Rigazzi

It was great to see all of the little stops hidden around California, and Joshua Tree was as beautiful as ever.  I can't wait to go again!

Shirt + Forever 21
Shorts + Forever 21
Shoes + Aldo

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Now, most people in LA are never going to say, "I want to go to Bakersfield this weekend!"  Unless you are a trucker, or passing through to get to San Francisco or Sequoia, Bakersfield isn't going to be on your radar. ever.  That being said, its still kind of an interesting place. Because it is a major hub for people who are "just passing through",  it has a mysterious, eerie vibe of non permanence, at least the trucker motel we stayed at on our way to Kernville did.

I brought my cowboy boots because I thought we were going to go to a honky tonk bar the night we got there, but we were so exhausted by the time we got there that we just went straight to bed.  I'm planning on going back to Kernville, so hopefully I will have another chance to get that Honky Tonk in.

So about Kernville.  If you're pretty much from anywhere else on the planet, you have a cool river to hang out at near you, but in Los Angeles, all we have is a huge ocean. Yes, we do have the L.A. River, and the folks here are putting in a great effort to revitalize that natural resource, but its going to take a while before you can swim or fish in it again (if ever).

Kernville is three hours away from L.A. by way of the scenic highway 178.  I love that my boyfriend loves to drive on road trips, because I got to look at the view the whole way, and it was gorgeous!

The city of Kernville is really cute with a small western town feel.  They also have their antique game down. They have some good stuff in those antique stores.

After we stuffed our faces at the Cracked Egg Cafe, we headed out to our camp at Headquarters Campground.

Headquarters Campground is located about 10 minutes from the city of Kernville.  It is great because it is close to the river, and there are several campsites that are right along the river.  The only downside is that each camp does not have a lot of shade cover, and privacy is definitely lacking between campsites. (We were at site # 30). We had a great time, though, and we made friends with the other campers.  Don't expect to have a quiet camping experience if you go though, thats not what this place is about.  This place is about drinking beers on the river and hanging with your buds.  Good times!

We had a great time camping in Kernville. We saw a couple of shooting stars and satellites, had a nice campfire, and ate a ton of food that we cooked over the fire.  After we packed up camp and headed back to town, we decided to try stand up paddle boarding.  The place we went to was very helpful and had a great rate for 4 hours of paddle boarding.  We found out that we couldn't paddle board on the river, so we headed to Lake Isabella which is about 10 minutes from Kernville.

We returned our rental exactly 4 hours later, and we were absolutely starving, so we decided to drop by the Kern River Brewing Co.  It was a good decision on our part, if only for the amazing fried pickles!   They also had a great house made BBQ Sauce.  I got the beer sampler flight, and all of their beers are tasty, especially their Just Outstanding IPA.

After that we headed home, but I'm sure we will be back.  We still need to try out river rafting, and other river sports that we don't have back in LA.  Until then....

Cowboy boots + Thrifted
Tan shorts + Gifted
Floyd Shirt + Walmart :-/ (sorry, I won't do it again)
Bikini Day 1 + JC Penny?
Bikini Day 2 + American Apparel 
Other top + An American Artist original