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joshua tree

day one / 8.27.19

We started our day pretty early, 4:30am early. Started our final touchups on where things would go in the van and topping off oil, coolant, etc. Then after saying our goodbyes and running some very last minute errands, at 8:45am we were off. After just slightly over two hours we made it to the Redlands, where we took our first stop at Augie’s Coffee Roasters, honestly kind of disappointing. The space was great but the service and coffee were just eh. We decided to take a minute (more like two hours) to relax before taking off on the rest of our drive for the day towards Joshua Tree National Park.

north gate entrance visitor center

So we end up arriving to Joshua Tree at about 2:30 pm and it is 110 degrees outside and just a dry heat. Miserable. We hang out in the visitors center for a bit to stretch our legs and get some AC. After about 45 minutes we drove to fill up our gas and get more water for that night. As I go in to buy more water Ryker is filling up the gas and the gas pump doesn’t shut off and shoots out all over him (this was just the start of our bad luck for the day, stay tuned). So after trying to clean up the gas off him, and not knowing when or where our next shower would be, we set off into the park. After driving through for about 25 minutes we find a nice easy hike that we had done last year to Barkers Dam. It wasn’t that bad besides the fact that I was really hot and love to complain about it.

bakers dam

It takes us about 30 minutes to finish our walk and we decide to find our place to camp for the night. We drive about 2 hours though the park to reach the Cottonwood / South gate entrance. We stop at the visitors center to top off our water and then leave to find our BLM camping spot outside of the park (this is where it gets good). Ryker notices that the van is pulling to the left as we drive, so we pull off to a spot about a quarter mile away from the main road. It’s about 6:30 pm when he hops out to start to set up camp for the night and notices that our front left tire was flat. He goes to change the tire and the lug wrench snaps…

our campsite

So we call AAA to come help us out and they say they will be there in 30-40 minutes. So around 7:15pm we get a call from them and they are at the wrong end of the park… So they say they will send someone else closer by us. 40 minutes later someone calls and says give them another hour to be there. We kill time by making some dinner and starting to set up camp. Now it’s 9pm and we get the call that the AAA man is there but he can’t drive onto the dirt and asks us “how flat is your tire? Meet me on the main road.” We start packing up our camp now when he calls back to tell us that he has another call so he’s going to leave and come back. We were livid at that point. We head down to the main road and wait for this guy. At 10:30 (!!!) he finally shows up and tells Ryker he might not have the right tool to change our tire. He helps Ryker change it but tells him that he couldn’t get it on all the way so we need to be careful driving on it.

We were planning to be in Joshua Tree for three days, but after just that first day we decided to just drive “carefully” down to Indio for the night and stealth camp near a tire shop so we can get everything settled in the morning, then just head straight up to San Luis Obispo the next day.


Blog update!

I know we’ve been pretty MIA on this blog, but we have good reasons. We’ve moved the blog! We really wanted this to be a good representation of our trip and to bring anyone along that wants to be here, so we really wanted to make it the best we can! The new blog does have the same two posts that are on this one, and four new posts for our other stops we’ve made along the way. We hope you guys like the new blog as much as we do!

The new blog can be found here!

Thanks for adventuring with us!

san luis obispo

8.28.19 ~ 8.30.19

day one in SLO

We started off our second day of the trip by finding a Planet Fitness nearby to shower and take advantage of the massage chairs. Then after an hour at the tire shop, we were good to hit the road and headed toward SLO!

After 5 hours, we finally arrived at 4:15pm and headed straight for Scout Coffee Co. to relax after the drive.

scout coffee on garden st

After getting some coffee we looked up a place to sleep for the night and found this really pretty lookout point on Cave Landing Rd. We went out that way to find a spot, enjoy the sunset and rest up for the next day.

view from our spot at cave landing

day two in SLO

We woke up for our second day in San Luis Obispo with the nice overcast morning and with a good night sleep. After we packed up the van, we headed down to Scout Coffee’s second location to kickstart our day.

scout 2 on foothill dr

After coffee, we walked around downtown and checked out the San Luis Obispo Mission and took a walk along the creek. Once the shops opened downtown we walked through a few and got some taffy at a candy shop called Rocket Fizz.

We walked around for a few hours until we started to get hungry. We went to the nearest Target to get things to make sandwiches. Ryker found this place called Laguna Lake Park where we sat and had a nice picnic by the lake.

picnic by the lake

After our picnic and hanging out in our hammock, we decided to check out the Madonna Inn and walk the grounds a bit. The inside was crazy looking with pink floral carpeting everywhere and bright pink, almost Barbie like, seating in the main dining room. Then we walked to the Lion’s Den and to our disappointment there were no lions, but it was still cool to see. Lastly we walked around the secret garden before heading out towards the thursday night farmers market.

The farmers market was really cool, though we didn’t spend a lot of time there because it was mostly food and produce and we knew we didn’t have the extra money to spend. So after listening to the live music and walking up the four blocks of booths, we headed back to our camping spot from the night before and made some dinner and went to bed.

day three in SLO

We started off the morning by heading down to get coffee at a shop called Kreuzberg. We got there as it opened and got to sit in one of their secluded side rooms with a big rounded glass wall and our own couch with two small tables.

the view from our table in the shop

After hanging out there for a few hours, just relaxing we went back to Laguna Lake Park for another picnic lunch. Soon after lunch we headed back out towards Scout Coffee to make our plans for the following day.

Not much else happened today, after Scout started closing we went back to our campsite, made dinner and got set up for bed, ready for our next adventure tomorrow.