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pioneertown + the stagecoach inn
July 3rd, 2015Mary, The Desert, Travelmary 3 Comments

Before I forget and get TOO lazy, let me wrap up my desert trip from May! (PS – Can you believe it’s JULY now?!)

On the last day of our trip (which was on Memorial Day itself), we headed up to Pioneertown which is not too far away from Yucca Valley. There’s a road that leads up to Pioneertown. The town is located just up over the hills in the distance of Yucca Valley. It takes about 10 minutes to drive …

morongo valley cafe

On the last day of our desert trip, I wanted to get up early to see the sunrise. Well… more like I accidentally got up early and figured, “Might as well go watch the sunrise since I’m awake.” The light starting filtering into the bedroom quite early and woke me up! 

Someone else didn’t quite wake up as early as I did but I figured she was the easiest one to wake up.

“Can’t I have five more minutes?”

I went right outside …

world famous crochet museum and the art queen in joshua tree, ca

One of the quirky places we visited in Joshua Tree was a place called the Art Queen. It was a bit of an artist’s playground, converted from an old motel out in the desert. Shari Elf is the woman behind Art Queen who makes art from recycled thrift store or flea market finds. What really drew me to the place was the promise of a tiny little museum housed in an old Foto-mat drive through.

This is the sign you see …

the jelly donut & sky village swap meet / yucca valley, ca

The really nice part about our trip was how leisurely it felt. We had no plans, really. There were a few things I wanted to see but mostly we just played it by ear. After spending a cozy night in the little house, I got up before the boys, had some coffee, and then made breakfast.

We had leftover flap steak, eggs with ricotta + other cheeses with fresh basil, Parmesan polenta, and sourdough toast.

I made extra polenta so we could have …

getaway to the desert: our stay in morongo valley

We headed out to the desert on Saturday around mid-morning. There was no way I wanted to leave on a Friday before a long weekend – can you imagine the hellish traffic that would have been waiting for us?! We planned a trip out this way for a little quiet time and Jake wanted to show me around Yucca Valley. He lived there for a little while back in the 90’s and wanted to see how much had changed since …

a tale of two pans: cream pan and the apple pan

You know you’ve found the right partner in life when you’re sitting at home watching a travel food program, see a restaurant in Los Angeles that you want to try, and your partner says, “Let’s go next weekend!” even though he hates Los Angeles. Boys that are willing to do all of the driving and take you to LA just to try food are my kind of boys. ?
That’s how we found ourselves one recent Sunday morning – getting up …

yuma part two: a date shake and the bridge to nowhere
March 6th, 2015AZ, Mary, Travelmary 4 Comments

After visiting the tiny church in Yuma, we went back on the road and headed back towards the freeway. We didn’t get very far before we made another stop. While driving to the tiny church, Jake noticed a large bridge that looked familiar to us and he noticed a sign for date shakes. Date shakes aren’t easy to come by in San Diego and are one of my very favorite things, so we stopped to check out From the Farm.

We …

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