There’s something remarkably beautiful and yet eerie about the desert. For the first time, I discovered Joshua Tree, a national park cushioned inland between Los Angeles and San Diego. The same one that U2 sings about.
It’s desolate, quiet, the dry heat swallows you whole and its okay, and your creativity is enhanced when you listen to the desolation and stare at a cactus long enough. So many things.
While I didn’t take many shots, here’s a sample of the colors and the lack thereof. Perhaps you can also ‘see the heat.’ I learn that it was 112 degrees from a raspy 100.5 radio station, the one that claims to be the “Beat-the-Heat” station just outside of the town of 29 Palms.
Another discovery: the 29 Palms Inn, which was mentioned in a special cultural/arts article in the below April ’20-something’ issue of the New York Times. June, a Chicago professor of arts and theatre had the paper with her and like many others in her ‘world,’ traveled here to be inspired by an area where many from Hollywood and beyond now escape.
The back of the inn houses a few run-down trailers, which you can actually rent for $50 a night. They also have nicer ‘adobe-like’ huts for anywhere from $125-300 a night. Below is the front of Irene’s Room, The Dark Room and The Bottle Room.
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.
She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.
Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.
Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.