Sunday, April 14, 2019

Joshua Tree - Day 2

After a good night's rest, I made it up in time (or two hours before if I'm being technical) to see this beautiful sunrise right outside the front door of our Airbnb. To see the sun just slightly before this, check out my Instagram post.
After a yummy breakfast biscuit that I made myself (with a gas oven, no less!), we headed to Landers, CA to experience a sound bath at the Integratron. The Integratron is described as a "uniquely resonant tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert."
The grounds were very pretty and serene - lots of hammocks and comfy chairs - and this little spot that we couldn't resist getting our picture taken in.
Inside the white building, we climbed up to the second story to the dome. The entire structure has a fascinating story (see link in the photo above) and it was constructed with no nails or screws, just thousands of wooden pegs. We laid in a circle with our heads towards the middle of the dome.
As we laid on the floor with blankets, a woman played about 20 pure quartz singing bowls - sometimes four tones at once - for 30 minutes. We laid in silence listening to the sound move around the dome. The one rule they said not to break, besides having your phone off, was no snoring because the acoustics are so incredible, you can hear the tiniest noises from everywhere. Unfortunately, a couple of people still snored, despite being nudged by others - they said we could just talk out loud and tell them to stop, but that was way too weird with a group of 25 strangers.
After our sound bath experience, we headed to Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Museum. We walked through aisles of sculptures made from found objects. I liked this one with the glass bottle walkway.
We drove back into Joshua Tree and stopped in at the Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum (this is me doing my "beauty" face and body pose).
We met Jeff, owner of the Beauty Bubble and collector of more than 3,000 hair and beauty-related items, displayed all throughout the working salon. Jeff has been collecting the pieces for 28 years since beauty school and is headed to San Francisco in February for an eight-month show in Terminal 2 of SFO which will feature more than 100 of the objects, along with eight incredible hair sculptures Jeff made that depict classic hairstyles like the flip and the afro. Check it out if you make it to the SFO airport next year!
For dinner we headed to La Copine (which is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2-7pm, so plan accordingly, it's worth it). We started with this carrot, ginger, coconut soup with chili and fennel oil and the most delicious grilled bread with olive oil and garlic.
For my main course, I had this amazing Peruvian-style Ceviche de CamarĂ³n - wild caught rock shrimp, avocado, jicama, cucumber, roasted chile-coconut sauce, lime, cilantro, and purple potato. So incredible - with the best spiced kick finish.
We made it back just in time for a sunset photo shoot of the various cacti in our yard. I liked this one with the saguaros reaching up to the moon.

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