Last March we took a trip to Joshua Tree for our anniversary with our pup Braxley. The desert is magic and these pictures could never do it justice.
Can I just start by saying how amazing the Ace Hotel is in Palm Springs? From the moment you check in you are submerged into a retro, relaxing , desert oasis that you never want to leave. We spent most of the stay by the pool enjoying the delicious drinks and food and did take the community bikes for a spin to a Mexican restaurant down the road. Although pricey, I would say this hotel is worth every penny that you spend.
Every once and a while, being from Colorado, we get home sick for some cold mountain air. And our quickest fix is Big Bear, Ca. This time we stayed at Noon Lodge at Mallard Bay and I believe my first words through the door were "I want to live here." Positioned right next to the lake, these cabins are a total hidden gem. Our cabin was a two-story duplex that came fully equipped with a kitchen, fireplace, and one of the comfiest beds on this earth. We spent our night making dinner and snuggling by the fire and In the AM we got up early to catch the sunrise over the lake. Around check out time we sat by the community fireplaces and enjoyed some hot chocolate courtesy of Noon Lodge. When I say I could have stayed there forever, I mean it.
Grand Canyon -> Antelope Canyon-> Santa Fe-> Phoenix
The Navajo Reservation near Antelope Canyon lives without running water or electricity. During our drive out of the canyon we saw a little girl with her father, young men and woman hitch hiking and walking to and from the closest town that is who knows how many miles away. Below I am providing a link with more info on the Navajo people and where you can donate to their community.
A spontaneous 9AM decision turned into the best 24 hours in the Bay
The most unforgettable trip of my life