Day Trip → Joshua Tree

LOS ADVENTURES DOESN’T DO COACHELLA.

We are big music lovers, but our introvert tendencies, 10:30pm bedtime and aversion to noisy campgrounds makes it sound like just the worst. But we are grateful to that behemoth of a fest. Since most bands play both weekends, those bands hang around the area in the between week and play smaller gigs.

We were able to snag tickets to see the War on Drugs at the famed Pappy & Harriets, a country saloon/motel hosts small shows for big bands on their back porch. Since their rooms book up fast, we opted to stay at the equally eclectic Joshua Tree Inn. The hacienda-style inn is most known for being the site that Gram Parsons, the father of alt-country rock, spent his final hours. In addition to a slice of music history, we loved the large pool, private patios and kitschy interiors.

JOSHUA TREE INN

INSERT GIRL IN CUT-OFFS LOOKING PENSIVE IN THE DESERT

Before the show, we made a trip into Joshua Tree National Park for mandatory rock scrambling and photo taking. And this is so 2015, but there were definitely lots of other well-dressed people dragging their tripods out into the desert for “candid” photos. #justasguilty

THE WAR ON DRUGS

As anyone whose seen them live will attest, the War on Drugs were epic, all the more impressive given the mid 40 degree temperature when they got on stage. Because the venue’s so small, we were just a few rows back from the stage. Intimate space, super-affordable whiskey sodas and music under the stars — why haven’t we been to a show here sooner?

CATCUS MART + BIG MORONGO CANYON

On the way out, we stopped at two roadside attractions that we’d passed dozens of times on our countless trips to Joshua Tree. And I’m glad we finally did.

ONE → the Catcus Mart is a desert plant nursery that features thumb to person sized catci of all varieties. Unable to resist, we picked up baby barrel and bunny-ear cacti for our home office.

TWO → Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is 31,000 acres of diverse habitats for desert wildlife. Birds, lizards, bear, mountain lions – all can live here because of the wet marsh land that is created by Big Morongo Creek. We only walked a 1.5 mile of the trail, but there was over 8 miles of trails throughout the park that we can’t wait to try next time we’re out here.

ON THE WAY BACK TO LA

Los Adventures won’t be attending Coachella next year either, but we hope they book some good bands so we have an excuse to plan another midweek trip to J Tree.

  • Paul Morgan

    I just looked thru lots of these pics. They’re very enjoyable, unique, interesting.

    • Ryan Morgan

      Thanks pops!