Making Northern California home.
Wait for it. . . another turn and another drooling view! You know you're getting close to Big Sur when your eyes stay glued to the coast.
Here is your chance, to disconnect with the ocean to your left and rows of Redwoods to your right.
One could easily spend life here.. even a quick drive through the town will make you appreciate it's magic.
Big Sur knows how to transport you deep into the conscious healing enclave of the 70's. You'll know when you feel it.
Believe it or not, the magic doesn't end with the physical beauty..
Check out these spots and maybe get lost with your phone off ~ dive into your inner peace.
Pfeiffer State Beach
Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
Henry Miller Library
Limekiln Campground - creek camping / waterfall hike
Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground - Redwood camping
Ewoldsen Trail - 5.3 loop hike to the peak of coastal mountains and views / McWay Falls are on the other end of the parking lot.
Language of 35mm.
driven from ancient wonders
charm in abandonment
sits a place one flees to
across the Turquoise Trail.
to meet a whimsical side of self
to feel quaint mystery still living in a ghost town.
imagine being rooted in one place under one sun
here you are
a simple state of stillness.
as we receive every inch of energy
around us, within us
we let ourselves grow.
we become different
we come together
without anything but illumination.
once you take a second to step out of your stillness,
you'll meet the community you've helped create
you'll watch your own authentic universe evolve.
you won't be alone
you aren't alone.
a desert blooming with life
is an ocean of love within.
keep flowing through your currents.
hydrate your endurance.
you are born with the energy of a rising sun
you are driven by a grounding consciousness.
like cacti, you are one of your own.
They say nothing really happens in the desert.
Wellll - if nothing means magic then I think they're totally right!
A slice of paradise lies 130 miles south of LA and welcomes road trippers crossing into California from Arizona via Highway 10.
A type of paradise where you can be content with solely the sight of Joshua Tree's and the starriest of night skies. An easy escape from the city and a guaranteed restoration of peace.. and the most rejuvenating place to reunite with your lover after long months apart.
Arriving to Joshua Tree and following dirt roads to our Airbnb abode was as exciting to us as it was hot and dry. La Mancha Verde gave us the perfect welcoming on our first night of embracing the beautiful land. With close proximity to local grocery stores and shops, we stocked up on necessities and aromafied the cabin with mouthwatering kabobs.
Nothing compares to listening to the night songs of the desert, photographing the stars until 2am, while catching up on life and simply being in the moment. If you're into this kind of magical synchronicity and simplicity, this is the place.
Hikes and rock climbs and birds and funky trees can all be found at the National Park. There are three entrances to the park, one being the West entrance in Joshua Tree with a $20 fee for a 7-day permit. Drive through the windy, open roads and spend hours seeking the wonders this park radiates. Hug all of the trees you want.. except, I wouldn't exactly dare to seek past the short, white and fuzzy cacti shrubs you'll see on the ground. Jumping Chollas aren't joking around when they mean jumping, and painfully hard to get off your skin. Despite those spiky fellas, Shaggy may have been the happiest he's ever been driving next to the oceans of ancient trees.
The sunset accompanied us as we climbed to the top of Headstone Rock in Ryan Campground and got front row seats to one of the most golden shows.
Pitch home in your tent next to big boulders and enjoy cooking a homemade open-fire dinner at Jumbo Rocks Campground. Letting the sun wake you up, climb to the top of the boulders with your breakfast in one hand and the sunrise in front. Now that's one way to wake up on the right side of the.. sleeping bag! Surrounding the campground are an abundance of hiking trails, exploring Skull Rock or maybe getting lost boulder jumping and finding yourself at the serene labyrinth.
Tranquility never really ends here, and we weren't ready to leave it.. so we got back on the road and landed in Landers, CA, 15 miles north of Joshua Tree. "Beautiful Skies, Miles of Smiles" sounds just about right. Here we found stillness. We arrived to a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere, where one can disconnect into an unbelievable sound bath experience. The Integratron bathed us in deep waves of energy on a powerful geomagnetic vortex. What a special way to appreciate each other in the power of sound waves and the state of being here now.
One last and necessary stop called for indulging in Pioneertown at the one and only, Pappy + Harriet's. Another hidden gem of the Wild, Wild West offers delicious Mesquite cooked eats and meats, and if you're lucky you may catch an outdoor show in their super groovy venue. Luckily for us, we were surprised by Jon Hopkins and Jamie XX to wrap up our stay in the magical land of Joshua Tree.
As always, go with time and stay in peace ~
Photos from another perspective by I'm Seeing Things: here.
Nothing but the Giants' welcoming whispers,
a mobile home, family and a camera.
It's only appropriate to make a spontaneous/don't really think about it, just jump in the car decision to kick off an adventure, right?
Perhaps taking the 50 minute winding road from Three Rivers through Generals highway just in time to catch the remnants of the sunset
at 6,400 ft, or the eye-drooling views and fresh mountain air made for an unbelievable welcome.
Warm sunshine and brisk winds accompanied us as we trekked through Congress Trail, Giant Forest, Crescent Meadow and Moro Rock.
Immersing ourselves in the wild, wise forest, hugging Sequoias left and right, climbing 300 ft to Moro Rock's breathtaking lookout, crossing into closed
trails to enjoy a picnic amongst the trees, listening to their gentle yet powerful movements, and taking a moment to sit still,
feel grounded and realize how equal we all are in the midst of giant wonders..
how small our troubles can be, and how easy it is to show appreciation for one another and the simple pleasures in life.
Disconnecting into the magic of Sequoia to reconnect with
family alongside was the bees knees.
Family is the bees knees.
Explore together often.
Sequoia National Forest