One week, five cities, one car rental, four Airbnb’s, three hotel rooms, and lot’s of ubber’s and wonderful memories. Back in November I signed up for a week long photography workshop called Field Trip out in Santa Barbara. Basically it’s a retreat for wedding photographers to network, learn new things and party plus it’s held in February and who doesn’t want to be in California that time of year. Knowing this was happening I decided to plan a road trip with my husband to see some of California’s finest. We started our journey in Joshua Tree. I found this incredible Airbnb online and it was this adorable cabin that inspired me to venture there first. Not only was it in the middle of nowhere (dirt roads, zero light pollution) it had an outdoor hot tub. Seeing the stars at night while drinking wine in a hot tub in the middle of a desert is one of my top 10 favorites. The next day we stopped at the Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum, a recommendation from the Airbnb hosts and then headed to Palm Springs. The drive there was truly sensory overload. I kept asking myself “where am I”. To be somewhere that is so foreign, and beautiful in a way I’ve never experienced is something I don’t take for granted. We stayed at the oh so cool Ace Hotel. If you’ve never been to an Ace Hotel, it’s where you’ll find the perfect combination of mod, modern, beards, tattoos, and hipsters. Record players in every room and even a vintage clothing store in case you forgot to pack your retro hat. I have to admit, I loved it. The design of it all was pretty awesome and the vibe was cool (not too cool where you feel like hiding because you’re wearing a Target brand top) more importantly everyone was really nice. They even had bikes you could take and for the first time we rode a tandem! Before leaving Palm Springs we rode the Aerial Tramway. Seeing the city from such a high altitude was beyond words and terrifying (heights). Our next stop was two nights in San Diego. North Park is awesome. Tons of breweries, coffee shops and restaurants. We also saw Balboa Park, rode bikes on Mission and Pacific Beach, had amazing oysters and the best fish tacos. Took a few photos of happy people/strangers (the natives) before heading up to La Jolla to see Black’s beach.
Oh boy I’m noticing how much writing I have here. Yikes ok I’m going to wrap this up. We stayed in Silver Lake LA at another incredible Airbnb. This one was a cool prefab modular space. The interior was perfection. I realize I took way too many photos of some of the places we stayed at. For me having a different place to sleep every night was part of the adventure. I’m going to stop rambling now.