The Getaway(s)

The Getaway(s)

Part I

Sometimes one just needs to run away. From normalcy, media, cell phone bars, people, routine and all the parts about being a grown-up that make you wish you weren’t one.

Needing such a trip, the truck was packed with camping gear and the map pulled out with X marked on Joshua Tree National Park. Camping spots were waiting – all of them. There was no one else in sight. The only noise was a few rock climbers during the day and at night the wind through the trees. Perfect for a wannabe Amish girl stuck in a digital world.

Part II
The first time I went to Palm Springs I stayed at the Parker Palm. The Saturday night stay made me feel really unhip but by Sunday afternoon when the LA crowds had left, I found my own quiet, groove in the resort-like atmosphere and had the best nap ever in one of the hammocks. After the most hectic six months, it was clearly time to go back and repeat.

So much time was spent in the salt-water pool that seemed to belong just to me (there was almost no one else there). My room had a patio with a private hammock, and I swayed back and forth watching hummingbirds float by and palms also sway in the wind. My new favourite drink was discovered (champagne + Limoncello soaked sugar cubes) and bikes were ridden to the Ace just for Stumptown coffee.

It was the perfect compliment to camping (although the camp dinners were far, far superior. Honestly disappointed in Norma’s dinner) and I admit that air conditioning and showers were a welcomed thing.

But whether in a tent or a villa, I felt a million miles away from whatever it is I needed distance from. I thought of some new ventures, I relaxed a little, I even slept more than four hours in a row. And that is what really makes the perfect getaway(s).

alex at hygge house

Online since 1995, Alex was one of the first bloggers and has consistently been creating content, sites and communities to share stories that matter. In 2004 she created HyggeHouse.com to finally embrace her Danishness by sharing thoughts and inspiration on living well and simply. In 2004 Alex Immigrated to America and currently resides in a very hygge 1925 Hunting Lodge in California’s Santa Monica Mountains.

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2 Comments

  1. May 5, 2013 / 7:58 PM

    Thanks for sharing your creative self (big fan of your blog for awhile now). But when you posted that you’re a wannabe Amish girl, I thought you might enjoy reading this YA contemporary novel RUMSPRINGA which you can download off Amazon http://ow.ly/kA7XJ.
    Anyway, it’s a quick read and I thought you might enjoy it. Thanks again for all that you do, you are an inspiration!
    All best,
    Cari

  2. May 11, 2013 / 11:42 AM

    Joshua Tree is magic. Possibly why I got married right in the park (with a permit from the ranger’s and everything). For a rainforest boy, it’s such a welcome change of scenery.

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