Local Loving: Desert to the Ocean

This weekend I took advantage of the best parts of Southern California and made my way around it’s gorgeous topography.

I started at Joshua Tree National Park with a trail run, followed by an overnight camping trip. We had planned to run to Lost Palms Oasis, however, the middle of the day desert heat had other plans. We ended up hiking most of it.

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We were more than ready for ice cold beer and food when we returned to camp. After chugging one gallon of water, a beer was much appreciated, along with snacks as we cooked the rest of our food. (Hummus + pita & olives)

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I had planned to make veggie dogs with vegan mac and cheese, but someone (it was me) forgot to pack the buns. We improvised and made bowls of cut up veggie dogs, vegan mac + cheese (recipe is from here, seriously YUM) and baked beans.

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We could not have picked  a better night to camp. The moon was full, bright and breathtaking. These pictures do it no justice.

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We came back on Saturday, unpacked, napped, then went to Redlands Shakespeare Festival. This was a showing of Julius Cesar, and since it is the Season of Gender, this was done with an all female cast. It put a very interesting twist on the show. The actresses who played Cassius and Mark Anthony completely stole the show. As always, the performance was amazing!

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Sunday, we made our way down to our second home; Venice Beach. We try to make it out there about once per month. We feel at home amongst the diverse characters, I love people watching, meeting fellow beach goers and drinking cold beer under the sun.

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Sundays are great days to be there because there is the drum circle that goes on till sundown. We danced around, made beautiful music and spread positive energy.

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I feel fortunate to live close to so much culture and diversity!

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