Long Weekend in California

It’s been a while since I last posted on here. Things were kinda crazy in October and I just didn’t have a chance to sit down and spend time on my blog. Now that things are somewhat winding down (and will soon be hectic again, with the holidays coming up!) I’ve finally been able to set aside some time to take pictures and post more regularly.

At the beginning of the month, I took a spontaneous trip to Twentynine Palms, CA to visit my boyfriend. Because he’s in the Marine Corps, we haven’t really seen much of each other since June. I had some vacation days left at work and planned on visiting him before Christmas, so I flew to CA on a Friday and flew back to Chicago on a Monday. It was a short trip (or a long weekend, depending on how you look at it!) but so worth it! Jake and I hadn’t seen each other since early September, so it was such a treat to be together again! It was definitely one of the best weekends I’ve ever had! We had so much fun and went on spontaneous adventures together, and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life!

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First picture of the trip. Jake and I went to Desert Christ Park in Yucca Valley, and it was such an incredible experience! It took us through 10 stories from The Bible, with 50  concrete statues depicting the ministry and events of Jesus Christ. There’s not a whole lot to do in Twentynine Palms (or in the surrounding cities!), so you’ve got to be pretty creative and seek out the hidden gems in the desert.the 219the 219
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On the hill is the Rhythms of Life geoglyph by Andrew Rogers. Rogers has created 48 sculptures like this all over the world, and this is the only one in North America. The picture below is taken at the top of the hill (standing next to the geoglyph). You can see my car at the bottom of the hill – it was a steep climb!
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Jake and I ventured out to Palm Springs one of the days I was there. It was so nice to see grass and flowers (which are very rare in Twentynine Palms!) We grabbed lunch in the downtown area, but wanted to do something other than shop – we both love shopping and always end up going to a mall, and this time we decided to do something we can’t do anywhere else. Seeing as there are no mountains in Indiana, we headed up the mountain to do something that was both completely terrifying and absolutely incredible. We rode on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway,  which was a 10 minute ride up Chino Canyon, beginning at Valley Station – elevation 2,643 ft. and ending at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 ft. It was so cool and so scary, but we were both so glad we ventured out and experienced something new together! Jake and I love trying new things together, and this was definitely a new and exciting experience! You can learn more about it here.the 219the 219
Notice the green spot in the picture that I took – that’s where we started! I believe we were about halfway up the mountain when I took this, so we went much higher than this! I’m afraid of heights, so this was especially nerve wracking! But I had a strong Marine to cling onto, so I was just fine :)