Happy Thursday! It’s finally time to share some deets and (quite a few) pictures from one of my favorite weeks to date. The last weekend of May, I headed out with Roadies on a 7 day/ 6 night road trip. If you follow me on Instagram, then you got a (probably confusing) preview, as we went from beach, to desert, to city (and everywhere in between)!
I won’t blab on much longer, because this post is already photo & copy heavy… but I had to share how special of a week it was for me. Brief overview: I didn’t know a SOUL before embarking on this adventure (so you can imagine the many mixed emotions)… but I couldn’t forgive myself if I passed up the opportunity to be a part of the Roadies Inaugural Tour. I can’t convey just how happy I am that I decided to bypass any fear of the unknown, and just went for it: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” !!
Here is a rough draft of our adventure-filled week:
Day 1: San Diego
Day 2: San Diego
Surfing with San Diego surf School – Can’t believe I was born and raised in Orange County, and this was my first time even attempting surfing. To carry on with the theme of ‘pursuing your fears’, one of my biggest fears is drowning- which kept me out of the ocean for many years, so I’m glad I finally tried it. Surfing was an absolute blast!
Hiking at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Dinner at JRDN – I ate so much, you guys!! I’m not really a sushi person, but after surfing I was really craving a California roll (and a mojito.. or 2) 😉
Day 3: Santa Monica
Breakfast at Fig
4th Street Recording Studio – SO much fun/ hilarious. The entire team was beyond hospitable and friendly. I recorded one of my favorite songs, because, when in Rome!…
Biking from Santa Monica to Venice
Lunch at the Butcher’s Daughter
Pool & jacuzzi
Dinner at Fig. – This and breakfast were hands down my favorite meals of the trip, & 2 of my favorite meals EVER! 100% dragging friends and family with me to dine at Fig again ASAP.
Sofar Sounds show in La Brea – I think everyone needs to go to at least one Sofar show, especially if you are a big music buff. So much talent in one furniture store 🙂
Drinks at The Bungalow – Bungalow is always a good idea, although my loyalty remains with the HB location (in true OC girl fashion).
Day 4: Joshua Tree
Watched sunrise in Joshua Tree – One of my favorite memories. I woke up a little after 5, and sat up front with our bus driver Aj as we drove through the winding roads of Joshua Tree. Full moon, and jackrabbits running around everywhere… I will remember the feeling of tranquility forever!
Rock climbing & chasm scramble with Mojave Guides – Another favorite of mine! (Maybe even my actual favorite.) I’ve always had this weird infatuation with climbing all over things ( I even asked my mom if I could go to a stunt camp over the summer when I was little. She said no, and I clearly haven’t gotten over it yet). So climbing and sliding through rock formations with our guides was right up my alley.
Day 4: Palm Springs
Swimming at Arrive Palm Springs -cutest hotel ever!! Going back asap.
Dinner/ games at Draughtsman – cauliflower “McNuggets” are a must-try!
Day 5: Palm Springs
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway/ hiking
Swimming at Arrive
Dinner at Resrvoir – ate my weight in hummus and pita bread…
Bike ride to downtown
Ice cream at Shop(pe)
Day 6: Grand Canyon
Sunrise at the Grand Canyon – It was my first time at the Grand Canyon, and I am still in awe.. No words/pictures could do it justice.
Depart for Vegas!
Day 6: Las Vegas
Tour of Golden Spike (+ delicious drinks)
Dinner at Carson Kitchen – I drank the ‘Mr. Big’, because – duh! They also bring the check out in a book where guests write little notes, so I obviously left a favorite (Big related) Sex and the City quote of mine.
Drinks at Corduroy
Walk Fremont Street – SO wild and fun.. Never a dull moment.
There was this eyeopening moment I had while on the trip: I think it was about 6 am, and I was sitting on a rock formation in Joshua Tree; I was analyzing my decision to – as an introverted, private, shy person – spend an entire week with complete strangers. I had this realization of how refreshing it is for us to step away from everything we know. I was with 10 people who knew nothing about me, just days before, and I had this astonishing moment where I remembered the power that we truly have in this life: the power to be whoever we want, to not stay in one place forever, to change our minds, to pick up a new skill, and to change our minds again.
When we’re kids, we’re taught to believe that we truly can be whatever we want; and then school happens, and bills, and heartbreak, and society reminding us to be ‘realistic’ and to settle. Seeing the world with new eyes (i.e. with new people), and seeing places that are foreign to you, are two of the fastest ways to transform your thinking. Meeting new people and traveling always cause me to question the familiar: What if this was my ‘normal’? What if I grew up on a reservation at the Grand Canyon, instead of in sunny Southern California? What would my life look like now?!
Like any journey, near or far – I left with a new perspective, and a pocketful of memories and pictures that will last me a lifetime! Thank you Roadies for having me! I miss everyone already, and can’t wait until our reunion tour. 😉
Thanks for stopping by. Muah!