Last week was spring break for my school, so me and the gal pals planned a desert day trip. Late February, an art exhibit was put together in the desert called Desert X. Palm Desert became a canvas of curated art installations containing work by artists such as Doug Aitken, Claudia Comte, and Phillip K Smith III. The exhibit will be up until April 30, 2017, and we highly recommend paying it a visit.
Mads, Grace and I set our alarms for 3 AM on Wednesday morning. We hit the road around 4 in the morning and made our way toward the desert.
Our first stop was Joshua Tree. The reason we left so early is because we wanted to watch the sunrise in this place! And let me tell you, it was FREAKIN' worth it friends.
We had really relaxed plans. Once we got to Joshua Tree there was no further plan other than to drive until we felt like turning around. I drove a few miles and came to a dirt pass road that I thought would be a short cut or something (I was wrong). We drove on the dirt pass road for 10 minutes and there was NO end in sight. WE WERE SO CONFUSED. We also lost sight of the main road. We were pretty sure we were heading straight into another dimension, so I made a 20 point turn in the tiny road (thx Herbert the Honda fit) and went back to find the main road.
There were two cars that were headed our direction and when we got on the main road we lost all sight of them, which makes no sense because we were in the desert where you could see for miles and miles on end. SUS.
ANYWAY, after this we headed to our first art installation which is called The Circle of Land and Sky by Phillip K Smith III. We got there just before a crowd showed up, so we had a good amount of time alone to admire the piece and snap some quick pics.
After a coffee run, we drove to the next art installation by Claudia Comte called Curves and Zigzags.
Doug Aitken's installation called Mirage didn't open until 3:30, and we had a lot of time to kill (SO MUCH CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU GET UP AT 3 AM). Mads had seen some really beautiful pictures of a super bloom happening at the Anza-Borrego Desert, so we wanted to take a peak.
After 2 hours of driving and not seeing any flowers, we called the visitor center and found out that the bloom had ended a month ago (pro tip = park visitor centers are here 2 help you!!!). We got a little lost driving around Anza-Borrego, so I pulled over, cranked the music, we hopped out of the car and had a dance party in the middle of the road. My friends GET me.
After some dancing and photo snapping, we finally went to pay Doug Aitken's exhibit a visit. This one was the most crowded of the three, but it was still SUPER rad.
And that ended our little day trip! We made it home by 6:30 and ended the day with some dank sushi (and it was happy hour, so we were winning at life).
The Desert X Exhibit closes in 5 days, but if you are able to, I HIGHLY recommend checking it out. Even if you miss it, Palm Desert is a really great place to get lost for a little bit.