Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Palm Springs, Salvation Mountain

 You guys, this may be my favorite blog post of all time. Get ready for loads of color!!
While we were in Palm Springs for spring break I was able to check a few things off my bucket list.
In this post, those things were trying In-N-Out Burger, and visiting Salvation Mountain.
On our way to Salvation Mountain, we stopped for lunch at the In-N-Out Burger.
I can now officially say I've been. I can't say it's really worth all the hype, but I do love me a good burger and fries ;) I still have to say, my favorite burger the Tillamook Cheeseburger from Burgerville--repin' the Pacific Northwest!
 As we drove through the desert, we passed a huge lake called the Salton Sea. I thought it was so odd that there wasn't a soul on it! I mean, I get that it was the middle of the day on a week day, but it was HUGE! And, it was spring break for Oregonians, you would think it would be a big tourist destination. So, naturally, I googled it. Apparently at one point it was a hot spot for vacationing and water sports, but over time something happened to it, causing all the fish to die and making it smell horrible. That's just my summary of it, look it up for more information. It's quite sad really.
 We drove along the Salton Sea for quite some time, and we kept driving and driving through the dessert. It's an eerie feeling when you are unfamiliar with where you are. Humanity seemed few and far between and there were a lot of little run down communities here and there. You even drive through an odd run down neighborhood to get to the Salvation Mountain, and there is an artist community out there.
 When we finally reached Salvation Mountain I was so happy! You guys, I have been wanting to come here forever! I was not disappointed. I'm not going to write much, I'm just going to let you feast your eyes on the beautiful, colorful folk art!

 After wandering around in the desert for about an hour, at about 6 months pregnant, I was hot, tired, thirsty, dirty and I had to pee. So we headed out in search of a restroom. There was ONE near by, and it was basically an out house. Let's just say it was an experience I don't want to repeat! There is a volunteer group who up keeps Salvation Mountain by forming work parties every so often to re-paint. For more information about the original artist and helping out visit the website here.
 I don't know if I shall ever return to Salvation Mountain, but I can now proudly say I have checked it off my bucket list. What an amazing art expression created by one man. If you ever have the chance to go, do!

Happy Travels!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Hollywood, LA, The Grove

While we were in Palm Springs, we decided to make a day trip back up to visit the Hollywood walk of fame and a couple of other stops. While we were waiting in traffic, I played the sound track to LaLa Land and joked about waiting for people to get out of their cars and start dancing.
Despite having to turn around a few times, we navigated our way to Hollywood Boulevard and parked quite easily in the parking garage of the shopping center connected to the Dolby Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater is the place to see all of the celebrity hand prints and autographs.
"The Rock" is one of my dear friend's celebrity crush, so I had to send her this picture :) 
Can you tell we like action movie stars? By the way, I'm standing on Gene Kelly's hand & footprints in that picture,
 I was trying to channel his energy into the bump in hopes that baby boy gets some rhythm :)
We did some shopping at the cliche souvenir shops and got some cute mugs and t shirts, and I had to take this picture with my mother-in-law with Elvis! After walking around and looking at the stars some and doing our shopping, I decided that if we get to come again, I should look into some guided tours. I would absolutely love to explore the city of LA more,
 but we were short on time this trip! 
We left Hollywood to drop my husband off at the USC football practice field, so he could watch one of his former players in the spring scrimmage, pretty cool!
While he was at the game, my mother-in-law and I trekked back through the LA traffic to The Grove shopping center to complete an item on my bucket list: visiting a Laduree's!
The grove shopping center is beautiful! We were seated for lunch outside under these beautiful trees.
Laduree is originally in France, and they have recently opened several in the U.S., two in California! It is such a beautiful cafe I have always wanted to go to one, so I when I saw one opened at The Grove I knew that would be my chance!
I splurged and bought myself a small box of 6 macarons in a pretty pink box.
I had lobster rolls, and my mother-in-law had a spinach egg white omelette.
The staff was so nice, we asked one of the hostesses to take a picture of us & she not only took one, but she took several for us in different spots! So nice!

Bucket list item complete!
And, of course, I couldn't pass by a sprinkles cupcakes without getting a couple.
This was probably one of the most indulgent days of my life, but I was pregnant & on vacation!
I hope to explore more of LA someday, but this will satisfy me for now!
What's your favorite places to visit in Los Angeles?