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Travel Light: Road Trip to Joshua Tree

— By: Alison Wu

Our Spring 2015 Collection is filled with lightweight, breathable travel pieces that work in just about any environment, from the desert floor to the wilds of the city. When packing for my trip that included both a remote desert location (Joshua Tree) and a city destination (Los Angeles), I knew my go-to piece would be a dress. In this case, I packed two since I was going to be gone for about a week. I landed on the Spot-On Dress for the desert and the Stylus Dress for the city.  Of course, I included some other essentials in my bag, like a pair of Nudie Jeans, the Repose V Tank and some Shwood x Pendleton sunnies.


We made our way down to LA from Portland, but what we were most excited about was our trip out to Joshua Tree. Spending a few days in LA was amazing – the food, the sites, the culture. My highlights were the architecture of Griffith Observatory, brunch at Sqirl, macaron ice cream sandwiches from The Milk Shop and walking around Venice before sunset cocktails at Hotel Erwin. After the hustle and bustle of the city, we were soon ready for some quiet and relaxation.


We stayed in a homestead cabin from 1954 that we rented on Airbnb located about 15 minutes outside of Joshua Tree out on some dirt roads. It was nice to be secluded from the town while still having accessibility to the Park. We spent the nights cooking our meals at the cabin and soaking in the hot tub looking up at the stars.


I recommend spending at least a day exploring in the park. It really is as magnificent as it looks in pictures. We hiked to the Wonderland of Rocks, as well as checked out a bunch of other spots along the road through the park. We did the sound bath at the Integratron in nearby Landers, CA, which was an unforgettable experience for anyone interested in contemplative arts. And we did one day trip down to Salvation Mountain and Slab City, stopping at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs for happy hour on the way back.


My favorite trips are the ones were you can pack light and enjoy the changes in scenery along the way. I left Joshua Tree feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to head back to my real life in the city.