Last Thursday my husband and I had to fly to Los Angeles for a little over a week (we got back to Maine this past
Saturday) for some business appointments, but we had a ton of free time...and we pretty much hate giant cities.
I'm a hotel snob (Definition: I HATE staying in places with old quilted bedspreads that don't get washed, and have a potential bedbug problem) so thankfully we stayed in an awesome place in Marina Del Rey called Hotel MDR. Seriously perfect. Awesome pool, great little restaurant downstairs (Barbianca) and really conveniently located.
Our first night we didn't get in until late, so we just hung out and enjoyed the view from our balcony. Awesome. Hotels with outdoor spaces are absolutely my favorite, and my husband's too. I took a great picture of him on the balcony but he won't let me share it :-P something about it stealing too much of his soul.
We took a nice little stroll from our hotel down to the marina, and then to Venice Beach. (p.s. it wasn't a stroll....it was a freaking hike)
The day we landed in California was beautiful, and the forecast I looked at said MAYBE 80's for the high....BUT....an (apparently random) heat front hit the day we showed up and blasted us the whole time. So our "stroll" down to the marina was pretty damn sweaty.
Dave hates his photo taken - can you tell? I told him he doesn't get a choice anymore because otherwise I'll have zero pictures of people. (Sorry babe) We hit up Venice beach for some cheap sunglasses & cheap sightseeing. :-)
Our biggest plan (actually our only plan as of the beginning of our trip) was to go back to Joshua Tree National Park. We LOVED it last time we visited....and since we really didn't want to hang out in LA the whole time it seemed perfect.
The sheer beauty of this place is incredible. Seriously. Granted, this time we'd already had the "wow" factor of the park, and it was MUCH hotter this trip, but still entirely worth the drive.
Dave was nice enough to take some photos of me while I'm stuck behind my camera...plus the GoPro was MUCH easier to tote around than my camera, especially in the heat.
This is probably gonna be a longer post than usual...but I was a little trigger-happy with my camera in the park - impossible not to be......try it for yourself and find out!
The park was actually quite a bit busier than last time we visited too - probably because it was the Friday before Labor Day weekend. Anyone who knows us knows we are NOT crowd people, so even up here in the "remote" parts of the park there were more people than we really wanted to see. Ha.
Last time we came up here we walked the Barker Dam trail and really enjoyed ourselves (with the exception of being annoyed with some rowdy teenagers). It's a pretty short hike, but really pretty - although the actual Barker Dam is more of a rock pile in front of a mud hole.
We didn't want to do the same hike again, so instead we decided to head up to Lost Horse Mine. It's a longer hike then the Barker Dam, but we had plenty of time - we just didn't factor in the heat.
I'm glad we took a lot of photos - honestly I'm enjoying the hike more via looking back through them then I did while actually hiking! Ha. It was just so extremely hot, and we only had about half a bottle of SUPER warm water. Oops.
In closing - I would definitely recommend going up to Joshua Tree National Park if you're in the area and don't want to hang in right in the city - it's only about a 2 hour drive, and there are some GORGEOUS views. However, if it's hot out (like, anything over 80) make sure you bring a cooler and lots of cold stuff to drink!
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