Fresh Flower Field Frolics

I LOVE springtime. I also love that I’m feeling better these days. I had a couple days in bed feeling awful from my monthly steroids, but I talked to my doctor about it and we came up with a game plan to hopefully alleviate some of the horrible (and I mean horrible) side effects next month. Wish me luck. But besides that, I’m feeling great. 

I can finally leave my bubble (hallelujah) because my counts are coming up so my immune system is stronger and I got my second covid vaccine a couple weeks ago.

oh. heck. yes.

I’m making up for lost time and am adventuring as much as possible. I love springtime because I love flowers. I love the wildflowers on the side of the highway. I love the poppies that pop up along the sidewalks. I especially love flower fields. Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough rain this year for the poppy fields to bloom. Major bummer. But I found some other goodies this spring instead.

My bestie (and mini bestie) and I went to the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields because we found out they also have an epic sunflower maze. Alana also enjoyed the U-Pick strawberries. I sat this one out because I’m not as mobile as I’d like to be and had to rest for a bit. But Alana told me all about it with a red mouth from snacking on her self-picked produce. 

I had Post Malone’s Sunflower stuck in my head all day

The next weekend my parents and I visited the Carlsbad Flower Fields. It was so crowded it felt like Disneyland, but it was gorgeous. I hadn’t been in a couple years. You can’t walk through the rows anymore; they’re blocked off and there are designated photo taking areas. We brought lunch to have a picnic. We enjoyed the live band and the tractor ride tour.  

Me & Momma ❤

The weekend after that Amelia, Alana and I found a tiny flower field where you could walk through the rows of ranunculus in Bonsall. It was literally on the side of the road and you pay $5 for 10 stems you pick yourself. It was so cute! But v hot. And towards the end of the season so the flowers were pretty bleak, but we still enjoyed it. 

I’m buying a new sunhat asap
my 3 besties

Let me know if you have any other epic flower spots in Southern California.

My favorite artist, Claude Monet, said, “I must have flowers, always and always“.

Ditto.

Quarantine Memories: Salvation Mountain

Sitting here getting chemo thinking about all the places I’d rather be.

Y’all already know it’s killing me to not be able to go on adventures. I’m making a list of places I want to go as soon as I get the ok from the doctor. Hurry up covid vaccine. Until then – everyone wear your masks. Please and thank you.

We went on this trip a couple years ago but I still feel like it’s worth sharing.

There’s this trippy painted mountain in the middle of the desert past Palm Springs. We decided to go during summer and it was well over 100 degrees. That meant we had the mountain almost to ourselves but we couldn’t last long in the heat. We were there long enough to snap some epic photos though. Take a look:

Salvation Mountain
On the mountain
In the mountain
Trying to survive the desert heat

After we hopped back into the air conditioned car we drove to the nearby neighborhood called “East Jesus” which was another strange sight. The only photos I took here have my ex boyfriend in them unfortunately except this one:

But it doesn’t do it justice so go look it up. We felt like we were in a weird Tim Burton movie and kind of like we might get murdered. So we skedaddled out of there pretty quickly and camped Joshua Tree. I’ll share some J Tree memories sometime soon.

TTFN

Quarantine Memories: Last Year’s Superbloom

Usually this time of the year, Amelia and I go chasing wildflowers. Due to our current situation with Coronavirus, our flower frolics are put on hold. As scary as things are at the moment, it’s also kind of nice to have down time to reset, take care of ourselves, reconnect with old friends and family, reflect on memories and set intentions for the rest of the year.

I can’t wait to go on adventures again but to tide ourselves over until we’re allowed to roam freely, here are some images from last year’s superbloom.

Lake Elsinore has rolling hills painted with poppies. I can’t help but say “poppies” in the Wicked Witch of the West’s voice.

Peep that adorable mini adventurer

Since I have all the time in the world now, I’m going to go through the archives and find some old adventures to share with ya’ll.

In all seriousness, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. And thank you to all the people who are risking their lives by going into work during this time. Your service is appreciated.

“Flowers bloom after rain falls”. We’re currently experiencing a massive rainstorm and can only hope for an epic superbloom after this.

Girls Weekend in Idyllwild

It was one of my girlfriends birthday’s and we wanted to get away for a few days so 8 girls piled into cars and drove a windy road up to Idyllwild, a little mountain town about 2 hours from San Diego and LA.

Our first stop was The Town Baker, an adorable café with a delicious breakfast burrito. I heard they have amazing pastries too. It was nice to sit out back in the sun while I waited for my carsickness to subside.

Our main activity for the trip was hiking to Suicide Rock. About 10 minutes in to the 7 mile hike I had a small kine panic attack. I think it was a combination of the carsickness, the altitude, the fact that I’m super out of shape and the cookie my friend fed me, but however I ended up feeling that way, it was horrible. But I wanted to keep going. It was a STRUGGLE. I felt horrible slowing everyone down. It was a rough climb, but we played fun games and swapped funny stories and slowly made it to the top.

It felt so good to reach the top. We popped a bottle of champagne to celebrate my friend’s birthday and took in the breathtaking views. And then ran down the mountain.

We all felt kind of dead afterwards but we checked into our Airbnb, ate a ton of chips and did hydrating face masks. We went to dinner at Ferro, an Italian restaurant in town. I didn’t take any photos because we were starving and enjoying our time together.

We ate breakfast at The Red Kettle in town the next morning and then walked around town. We wanted to meet Mayor Max, who is a golden retriever but he wasn’t going to be in town til the afternoon.  The town is so cute and I’d love to go back, when it’s not so cold and I’ll take some Dramamine for the ride up.