SoCal Trip: Pioneertown, Salvation Mountain, Joshua Tree NP | 南加州沙漠遊

(1 month late post) We took my in-laws and drove 2 1/2 hours from San Diego to Palm Springs. Take caution of the dry heat of the dessert, be sure to apply adequate sunscreen and stay hydrated. 

遲了一個月的文章)從聖地牙哥開車帶公婆來棕櫚泉玩(Palm Springs),開車約兩個半小時。南加州天氣熱卻非常乾爽,但小心容易曬傷,記得要勤喝水、擦防曬。


Pioneertown, CA

This is not the California you know! In the middle of the dessert lies this hidden gem of a western town. Feels like a cowboy can ride out on his horse anytime. This town was built by a film company back in the 40s to shoot western movies. Rumors has it that a hotel/resort is going to be built here, but no signs of any development in the area. Mane Street is the Main Street in Pioneertown, there are various shops, saloons, and houses there. We visited it on a Monday morning, and seemed like the only places opened were post office and a couple pottery stores. 

Fate has it that we met a local pastor here. He found out we were moving to Okinawa and turned out his son is ex-military and currently lives in Okinawa. After exchanging information, the pastor prayed for our move and blessed us. And btw, he cautioned against coming to this town after sundown. 

這裡絕對不是你想像的加州!西部牛仔情景在此出現,沿路幾乎一片沙漠,感覺隨時牛仔會騎馬出現的地方,其實是片商在40年代為了拍攝影片而蓋。一直有傳言要在這建飯店變度假村,但似乎沒什麼動靜。Mane St. 是Pioneertown唯一大街,可能是週間,僅有郵局和幾家手工品店開著。那天遇到當地牧師聊天後,知道牧師兒子以前也在美軍,現居日本沖繩也很愛衝浪。好巧,我們也剛好要搬到沖繩。交換聯絡方式,方便之後聯絡。牧師也為我們到沖繩的一切禱告,希望能順利平安。對了,牧師說太陽下山後就別來這!

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Salvation Mountain | 救世主山

This attraction has been on my list since my college days. Artist Leonard Knight created Salvation Mountain based on his encounter with the teachings in the Bible. Bring a few cans of paint for the park keeper to keep this area well maintained so future visitors can still enjoy it. Free admissions, donations accepted. 

距離墨西哥邊界一小時,專程開車來看從大學時期就一直想來的地方!藝術家(Leonard Knight)因接觸聖經而啟發他完成救世主山。來時帶幾筒顏料給管長,讓這地方能繼續保持給更多人參觀。無門票費,自由捐款。

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Joshua Tree National Park | 約書亞樹國家公園

Home of 200 million Joshua trees. These trees only grow in Southern California, Arizona, and Utah. Before the end of September, every morning at 10 am, there are tour guides at the visitors center teaching about the wildlife that live in this national park. I recommend coming here earlier in the morning so it’s not too hot, then head to the visitors center at 10 am for the talk. 

兩億顆約書亞樹,是南加州、亞利桑那州、猶他州一帶的特別樹種。九月底之前,每天早上10點工作人員會在遊客中心介紹這裡的生態特色。我建議一大早先到國家公園參觀,天氣比較不熱,快10點時再到遊客中心避暑聽工作人員介紹。

 
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Originally we didn’t know where to go during our short trip back to California, but UN found a great deal at JW Marriott, so we booked our Palm Springs getaway immediately. Be sure to compare prices online, you may find great deals that you will regret not snatching. 

原本回來加州不確定該到哪玩,但UN找到JW Marriott推出超優惠價格(比四星飯店更便宜),我們二話不說馬上決定到棕櫚泉一帶玩。計畫行程前可以在飯店網站或旅行網比較價錢,有時會推出你不去會哭的價錢!

Best Friend’s Bridal Shower

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雖然又是一個沒超過一個禮拜的超短加州行程,但能見到好友,和好友一起慶祝即將結婚的生活,心裡非常開心(講太多話聲音啞了)!

Even though it was another short trip back to California, but seeing old friends and celebrating my best friend’s bridal shower was one for the books!

Prepared by my talented friends.

Prepared by my talented friends.

Bride-to-be!!!

Bride-to-be!!!

Ate so many figs in CA!

Ate so many figs in CA!

Our dear pastor and pastor's wife!

Our dear pastor and pastor's wife!

So happy see all these people!

So happy see all these people!

72 Hours in California

4:00am Head to JFK

In order to avoid missing our flight again, we arrived at 4 am for our 6 am flight. Airport was empty, and no stores were open, so we decided to get some work done at the airport lounge.

4:00am 抵達機場

為了避免錯過飛機這類事重演,快六點飛機我們4點就到機場。機場超空,太早沒店開,只好在機場裡做功課。

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10:00am Arrived in LAX

After 5 hours of flight, we safely arrived in LAX.  Got our rental car, and headed to Costa Mesa.

10:00am 到達LAX

平安抵達LAX,拿到車後,直接開往Costa Mesa。

12:00pm South Coast Plaza

由於UN有功課要交,找了一家有網路的咖啡店,快速把作業交出去。

12:00pm

Found a cafe with free wifi so UN can submit his homework on time.

1:00pm Sushi Murasaki

I asked my friend C to come all the way up from San Diego to eat sushi so we can celebrate her 30th birthday with her! Love you!

1:00pm Sushi Murasaki

是的,我把準備30大壽的壽星杜小貓找來Irvine吃壽司。愛你喔!

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2:30pm Nugochi Garden

I dragged the birthday girl to sightsee and do photoshoot with me. Later we also went shopping. I love you birthday girl!

2:30pm Nugochi Garden

壽星又被我拖到附近景點,我逼壽星要讓我拍照。之後又抓壽星陪我逛街,我愛壽星!

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5:30pm Wedding Rehearsal

This is our main reason why we came back to LA.

5:30pm 婚禮練習

我們這次回來加州的目的是參加UN好友的婚禮。

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7:30pm Dinner

I drove up to LA to meet with my best friend M, it’s been more than a year since I last saw her! We talked so much that we ignored phone calls from our significant others!

7:30pm晚餐

開到LA和好友見面。有夠久見到我的好朋友M了!好朋友就是很久沒見,都要聊天聊到忘記老公和未婚夫!吃完才記得要照相(哈)

1:00pm婚禮

UN的好友結婚,我在新娘和新娘爸爸出來時就開始飆淚。

1:00pm

Wedding UN’s best friend’s wedding, I couldn’t help contain my tears of joy when the father walked the bride down the aisle.

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10:00am Head to San Diego

We surprised our friends in San Diego by arriving at church unannounced!

10:00am回San Diego

完全沒和朋友們說會回San Diego,直接在教會出現,想驚喜我們愛的老朋友!

2:00pm Drive to LAX

Despite trying to catch a flight, a stop at In-N-Out burger is a must!

2:00pm前往LAX

再怎麼趕飛機,都要到In-N-Out買好吃漢堡!

4:30pm Return Car and Get to LAX

We were still returning our car an hour before our scheduled take off time! But thanks to short security line (at LAX?!), we were able to get to our gate on time!

4:30pm還車回紐約

天啊,飛機起飛前一小時還車,超緊張!但幸好快速通關,馬上到登機門口。