a weekend in joshua tree & palm springs.
it's the WEEKEND! after getting back from a few days in tennessee, we are just taking it easy at home. but with this heat wave, i can't but help think back to our weekend getaway to joshua tree back in june. we stayed at THE cutest airbnb, just outside the park. who wouldn't want to stay in a dome in the desert?
it was super cute, super cozy, and had a full kitchen for us to cook in, a loft to hang out in and large desert backyard perfect for playing bocce!
while we made most of our meals at the dome, we did venture out for brunch at la copine, which was lovely and served surprising light and fresh yet comforting fare out in the desert.
there was a heat wave that weekend too, with highs in the 110s, so we spend most of the day playing cards and relaxing inside the dome. however, we did venture out late one afternoon to drive through joshua tree national park. we've been many times before, but one spot we'd never made it to was the cholla cactus garden, so we made that our goal this time.
past the chollas is the ocotillo patch, which didn't really have that many ocotillos, and cottonwood spring, a small oasis of green and palm trees.
from the park's southern entrance, we drove over to palm springs to check out doug aitken's mirage house. it was an art installation for desert X back in the spring, and it is quite cool the way it blends into the surrounding environment. walking through it is pretty fun too, as it is covered in mirrors inside and out.
we dropped by the noah purifoy outdoor museum early one morning before it got too hot (though it was already in the mid-90s when we arrived, it was over 100 when we left!). it's all outdoors and completely exposed to the sun, but super interesting and different.
we love heading out to the desert - we try to do it at least once a year, but we always seem to go on heat wave weekend. maybe one of these days, we'll go when we are actually able to spend more time outside!