One of my very favorite things to do (literally....in the world) is TRAVEL. I've been blessed over the past couple of years to have several opportunities to travel places I probably never would have thought of as destinations and see some pretty great things.
This past December, Dave and I took a week long trip to Los Angeles, and while we were there we visited Joshua Tree National Park, and The Geddy Museum (in LA & also the antiquities museum in Malibu).
I had no idea what to expect - but it was amazing! (Slightly terrifying when the park ranger told us to be careful of tarantulas in the road...thankfully she said it was probably too cold for them) It was sunny and gorgeous, and armed with our park map we hit the road to check it out.
We didn't get to the park until around 2 in the afternoon, so we didn't have as long as we would have liked to explore, but we did get a chance to get out and walk down to an old dam (pretty much dry now) and climb a few rock formations.
Seriously, can the sky get any more perfect? The temperature was absolutely perfect (about 65 and dry) and the early evening sun made all the amazing colors stand out like crazy. I'm pretty much in love with this park.
The photo above was the end of our walk - and the former reservoir. The water is (clearly) no longer present, but the watermarks on all of the stone formations were pretty cool to look at. The area apparently used to be used to watering livestock that were kept up in these hills. The remains of the dam are still intact, as well as a little boggy area.
We got to watch the beginnings of the sunset as we finally had to leave the park - but we would LOVE to someday be able to spend more than just a couple of hours wandering around in this gorgeous place.
Our second favorite day this trip was visiting the two Geddy museums. Anyone who knows me or Dave knows that we are absolutely the biggest nerds in existence, and LOVE any kind of history we can get our hands or our eyes on. These two museums are free to visit, you've only got to pay for parking. Amazing.
The museum doesn't only house an amazing collection of art, sculptures, photography, and other history, but they also have a fully-functional research center. Dave was in heaven when we visited some of those exhibits.
The Geddy museum in LA was gorgeous, but we were really excited to visit the one in Malibu, since it houses the REALLY old stuff (we're talking ancient Egyptian + earlier). The museum in Malibu is built like an ancient Roman villa, and is really beautiful in itself. I think I took more photos of the building than I did of any of the actual antiquities.
I couldn't believe how intricate even the floors were - gorgeous. We wandered around the Geddy in Malibu for several hours admiring the amazing collection, photos just do not do it justice. It is definitely worth a visit (even if you aren't as big a nerd as we are).
I'm not sure what our favorite discovery was on this trip, but LA definitely entertained us more this time than it did last time. The California beaches are gorgeous, but if you're in the LA area skip the beach for a day or two and take a trip through some of the museums.
Last but not least - our new favorite food place in the world: PizzaRev. AMAZING! Freshest ingredients, very fair price, done in minutes, and it's PIZZA! We're in love again. Until next time, Cali. <3
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