California Desert

A few weeks ago a ‘crazy’ friend from Holland was visiting San Diego for 3 weeks. We seemingly partied every day (my liver began to fail!!!). Summers in here can be a hell lot of fun between pool parties & BBQs, playing beach volley ball with the hotties, eating at the Farmer’s market (now our thursday’s ritual), making bonfires, night (drunk) biking in Pacific beach, clubbing in downtown, bar & brewery hoping (we love our IPAs but Euro guys just hate it I know), go karting, hanging out in arcades, I mean the list goes on but one of my ultimate fav things to do in California is definitely… a road trip.

I’ve been to Palm Springs many times before (for instance read here on Coachella) but this time we drove to different sites. We cruised through Pine Valley then visited this colorful site called the Salvation Mountain, a man made hill out of paint and cement in honor of God. We then continued our journey along the sight of the beautiful Sultan Sea to later visit Mount San Jacinto, a wilderness park. Temperature was skyrocking high (45°C) so I was glad to wear my wide brim boater from Lack of Colors.

The park was 10834 feet high (3302 m) in altitude so we took the tram that rotates on itself and uniquely allows visitors to get a 360 degrees panoramic view of the wild while going up to the mountain. We hiked, jumped, climbed rocks, (intentionally) got lost a few times, took naps on giant rocks, drank a lot (wait why do I start to sound like a drunkard hmm??!), and star gazed at night. The view over Palm Springs was phenomenally beautiful. Later that night as we finally came down to get our rental truck (and about rentals as Johan said, ‘Don’t be gentle. It’s only a rental!’ He has plenty of impertinent phrases like that and drove it without much care indeed. Remember I mentioned he was crazy…), we had an improvised Bachata dancing in the middle of nowhere with his Columbian friend.

Have I mentioned to you guys that I’ve been learning Bachata for a few months now? Well, now that you are informed my friends, the idea behind was that I had to do this since I last broke this French guy’s ankle on the dance floor the last time we danced at this latino club in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve and I solely blamed the tequila! Adrien is forever mad at me but I know he will trust my dancing next time with my new skills (I hope!). In either case, I am so looking forward to my Euro trip next week and can’t wait to see/meet some of you guys there. Let me know how your summer is going so far. Many beaches & bikinis, (perhaps lots of drinks like me too?!). Comment below 😉


  1. Mark

    Nice post


    1. Sovannary

      Thank you!! It’s always fun to write about summers 🙂


  2. AG

    Salvation mountain is such a beautiful place!


    1. Sovannary

      Hi there! Yes indeed it was so pretty and rather unique construction of this site. Although the temperatures were rocking high it was a nice experience to visit this man made mountain.


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