Et voila - the last of the LA pics. I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't take that many pictures; for years I'd imagined going back there and not giving my camera a rest, but once we arrived I kind of switched off. Which I guess is what makes a trip like this a holiday, haha! Never mind. There's always a next time. Have a great weekend!
I might be a bit hormonal today, but looking at these pictures I feel really grateful that we got to go on this trip. And that we got to hang out with friends and family, enjoy beautiful weather and views, whether they were of national parks, the sea, the valley or the moon. It's both a blessing and a curse to have my dearest so spread across the globe... My husband has been away on the other side of the world for a week, and I plan on giving him the biggest bear hug I can muster when he gets back tonight. And I think I have a few phone calls to make to friends and family, and let them know that I miss them too.
Did I already say we spent a lot of time in cars on our holiday? I know. I did. We spent a LOT of time in cars. So to entertain myself I messed about with the slow shutter one evening (and no, I wasn't driving when I took these). This is how they came out. I think I'll call this series ' On the road again'...
Green Acres Ranch, which is run by my friend J's sister and her partner. It's a truly special place. Looking back at all of my pics from LA it's very clear that I wasn't in "blog mode", something that I find I very rarely am these days. And I really wish I had been, because had I, I would've taken so many more pictures of this place; my eyes were so happy there. It's a holiday let (it's even on Airbnb), so if you do go I highly recommend it as a place to stay. I really hope that we'll go again, and stay for longer. One night isn't enough.
Joshua Tree has got to be one of my favourite places I've ever been to. I went there years ago and immediately fell in love with it, and felt a bit sad that me and the guys wouldn't be able to go there this time round, JT being a desert and it being summer and all. But the weather gods were on our side, and for a couple of days the temperature dipped enough for us to head out there. After walking around Mount San Jacinto, we continued on to JT, for ribs at The Rib Co. and to catch the sunset. I don't feel that any picture can do Joshua Tree justice, it's that wonderful. If you ever go to LA or Vegas, try to fit in JT - you won't regret it. As for us, we slightly misjudged where to watch the sunset from, finding ourselves too low to see it dip behind the horizon, but the drive to where we were staying, through the empty national park, more than made up for it. More pics to come.
Oh dear. Those of you who follow me on Instagram know why I had to stop posting; my computer maxed out as I had 63 000 pictures that needed moving to an external hard drive. I've managed to do about 9000 of them, so I can do the basics on the computer now, but it's one hell of a task. All the pictures need to be put in new folders as well as edited, which is why it's going to take me a loooong time. And, you know, the fact that it's really BORING. But I only have myself to blame, and maybe I will finally learn that procrastinating can only be a bad thing.
Anyways... Where were we? Oh yeah, LA. This summer. We only managed to get out of LA a couple of times, and one of those times we headed out to Joshua Tree, and stopped at Mount San Jacinto on the way (near Palm Springs). I'm so glad we did. At 8500 ft above sea level it was a nice respite from the desert heat, and me and the boys (including our friend J), had a lovely walk at the top of the mountain, checking out the various views. It was stunning. Next time we head out to LA we're making sure we'll explore the surrounding national parks, and spend more time in nature. I can't wait.