Between a handful of friends including the future bride and groom; a short camping trip in Joshua Tree was born. The first majority packed their things and headed out on a Friday. Within the first night of which I did not attend, two jeeps got stuck in the same lake and a man in his drunken splendor almost got flung out of a swerving jeep while napping in the jammock, a jeep hammock hybrid. This is why men can’t be trusted.
Disclaimer: Be sure to check Coachella dates prior to planning. Unfortunately, we didn't take note of this small mishap until Friday morning. As expected, the actual Joshua Tree camping ground was at full capacity, however their guard was able to direct us to the nearest available camping ground. This explains you won't find Joshua Trees the size of skyscrapers anywhere in my content. Apologies, won't let it happen again.
Moving along, we checked out two venues and here is my standing Maid of Honor checklist of do’s and don’ts when looking into a venue that you aren’t planning to pay for.
Do arrive a little tipsy. Its almost as if having a few drinks in you inclines you to imagine how you’d like to be the atmosphere the next time you stand in that very same spot tipsy.
Don’t let a friend get married in a venue where you nearly got mowed down by a snake. We have video footage as proof and we will not be returning unless an exterminator is provided with the package. Thank you.
Do instead let a friend get married in a venue old dogs and bunnies welcomed you upon arrival. There’s also a metal above-ground pool which is always a plus.
Don’t stop taking pictures. You’ll need to revert back to every crevice of the space. It’s also a good idea to take the bride’s phone and capture these photos for her so that she can focus on the task at hand.
Do understand that you will know you’ve found the venue with you’ve found it. It is the one you will not need to question. As the best man put it during our tour through Rim Rock Ranch, “They have to get married here. Now that I’ve been here, I must party here.”
Well, a Mirage it is. As most of my visits, the images cannot and likely won't ever do it justice. The structure is a ranch-style home that fades into its surroundings entirely. Upon entering the stunning façade, a dizzy spell swept over me because seeing reflection upon reflection is something that takes a few moments to get used to. It played much like a funhouse. I found my body turning to go left through a door while my mind thought that same door stood across the room. Certainly a sight to be seen,
I’ve got two tips that I wish I would’ve realized prior to this stop. The first being that iMaps isn’t the most reliable for this attraction. It seems the map will guide you up the nearest, steepest, one-way road, leaving you at the top of a mountain staring down at the “Mirage”. Lastly, reflections and heat get along a bit too much. Dress comfortably as multiple mirrors tend to set off that steam heat.
Ah, Roy’s. What a creepy breath of fresh air on a long ride home. What used to be a jack of all trades, homing a cafe, gas station, school and chic motel is now an abandoned property disguised as a creepily fitting art installation. In the motel rooms available, you’ll find warndesigns, writing and seemingly destructed installations. All are certainly here to give you the creeps which, as we know, is right up my alley.