By veronique | September 30, 2014
TAGGED AS California, Calimoon, Desert, Integraton, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, Road Trip, Sound Bath, Southern California, The Parker, Travel, Vacation, Veronique Geiger
I recently did the most incredible road trip in California with my husband. The variation of landscapes as well as architecture, sights and activities kept us up until late and made sure we were up early. Beautiful hotels, amazing restaurants, landscapes, architecture – and its always BRIGHT BLUE skies!
The part of the trip that I wanted to share with you all is Joshua Tree. Firstly, we stayed in a beautiful hotel in Palm Springs called The Parker. The hotel was designed by Jonathan Adler, and I have to admit I was not previously a huge fan of his but this hotel swayed my opinion. There were so many details that were beautiful and fun! I’ve shared a few of them with you below, a personal favorite was the poolside bar – which in the afternoon sprays mist; which amongst the palm tress and all the yellow & white stripes just looks so dreamy. It feels like the perfect setting for a movie set in the 1970s. Whilst we were there as beautiful as the hotel was, we spent a huge amount of time in the desert. Empty roads. Something just so peaceful yet terrifying about it. (I just kept praying that our car would not break down, as neither of us had working phones! It would have made a good story though).
Our first little excursion was for a ‘sound bath’ at The Integraton. The drive there was beautiful – it is north of Joshua Tree National park and in quite an incredible setting, once you arrive you are not disappointed – I loved the building! It took 18 years to build, and the structure does not have one piece of metal in it! ’Its creator, George Van Tassel (1920-1978), claimed that the structure is based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. This one-of-a-kind 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel.’ I am almost tempted not to share too much about the sound bath, as I had no expectations or knowledge about what a sound bath was before I entered and it somehow made the experience so much more unusual. If your in the neighborhood – do it! If your not, imagine a room where everything is about sound, and somehow this translates into a physical as well as emotional sensation.. However, the sad news is I didn’t time travel (if I did I don’t remember it, haha).
We also spent a good amount of our time in Joshua Tree National Park. Although I must admit I did spend most of our hikes looking at my feet as I was terrified after having heard horror stories about all the snakes, at the hotel bar the night before. It was nonetheless beautiful. I had always thought I was more inclined towards tropical settings – I love greenery and in my eyes there can never have enough plants! But Joshua Park has turned me.
Finally we had tacos at the Crossroads Cafe, which was actually at a cross road – I mean you can’t make this stuff up, everything is just so iconic. And then went to a ‘yard sale’ in the middle of the desert- where obviously we bought things that were a huge inconvenice to bring home, and now have no idea what we were thinking! Inspite of our unneeded purchases, which will serve well as random souvenirs, Joshua Tree was one of my favorite parts of the trip.