We had a quick weekend away in Pioneer Town for a family friend’s wedding this past Spring. We had booked a beautiful ranch for the evening for all our group including our family, my parents, along with my sister and her husband. I have only spent a limited amount of time in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree, but it’s always been on our to visit list. Oddly enough while planning for the weekend I had this thought in the back of my mind of a friend whose girlfriend had purchased property out there and I had been watching their journey through social media. So it wasn’t until the night before we were planning to head up there that it hit me that we were staying at their house. It was quite the coincidence. Driving up to their beautiful ranch to see her happily working on the landscaping while their pup ran around was so heartwarming.
They have done a beautiful job putting together this vacation rental. Supplied with all the items you might need, plus games and activities, and a beautifully designed interior. We all had a blast playing Oregon Trail in the living room, horseshoe in the yard, and hiking on the property.
Walking distance to Pioneertown and a short drive to Yucca Valley, we all left with an eagerness to return. If you’re looking to visit the area, I highly recommend Old Heard Ranch. You can get in touch with Holly and see more about the listing here.
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If you have been following along here or on @emilyalder for a while you know how much I love capturing family moments and daily memories. I am terrible at bringing a real camera anywhere, but I am always whipping out my iPhone to snap pictures and videos. Many of which I don’t share socially, but snapshots in time I want to remember. Recently I was scrolling through the 1,400+ photos I have on my phone and realized I’m not really doing anything with all these memories, besides the occasional Instagram post. I usually get a couple printed each year as gifts, but other than that, they just sit on my phone or computer. It was a little shocking to think that all these moments were almost being discarded by me, the person who treasures them so much.
This beautiful one bedroom one bathroom retreat located off the Oaxaca Coast in Mexico is high on my to visit list. The home is a work of art, providing the basic necessities in a natural and elegant environment. A private pool, views for days, and a short walk to the ocean, this would be the perfect couple getaway (hint hint hubby).
Before we get to the renovated Gotland summer home, a bit about my admiration for Sweden.
As a teenager I was able to spend a summer traveling the Southern part of Sweden with one of my best friends. Diana is the niece of my first au pair and lived with us for my freshman year of high school. Once the school year was over we travelled to her hometown of Falkenberg, Sweden, continuing on to Goteberg, Baståd, and Halmstad. Diana and I traveled around the South West of the country visiting family and friends. Long walks through the woods, mornings jumping in the water, exploring city life. We shopped, ate delicious food, dyed my hair brown (a story for another time), and spent nights talking into the early morning. It was a trip that opened my eyes to the vastness of the world. As a result,Scandinavia will always hold a very special place it my heart.
Having spent a fair amount of time in Northern California, I have a small knowledge of all it’s incredible spots. Yet, each time we visit I am reminded not just how much there is to see, but how much it varies. It’s impossible to see it all. At least in one trip. Knowing that we have planned to take it piece by piece. Every visit we will try to see and do something new.