A Whale's Vagina
26.03.2016 - 31.03.2016 22 °C
Named for the famous kinky Joshua Trees that punctuate 8000 acres of rugged, rocky, desert landscape, JT National Park is a huge protected area just a few hours drive east from the sprawling urban mess of LA. The towering outcrops and blazing sun reminded us of Hampi in India where we had hiked 14 (yep, fourteen!) months ago at the start of our epic adventure. This time we had the luxury of a ridiculous banana-yellow soft-top and supplies carried in a paper bag classic American style.
The higher areas of JT offer stunning views over Coachella Valley stretching out towards the Mexican border to the south. We hiked hidden valley, Barker Dam and into Cholla Cactus Garden before jumping back in the car and pumping up the tunes to make our windy way down into San Diego.
Coming across like LA's cooler, more diverse and chilled-out neighbour, San Diego is within touching distance of Mexico and a bohemium mix of both hispanic and american culture. With added wooden beach-side mansions.
Chicano Park. Mindblowingly talented Mexican and American-Mexican artists from the Barrio Logan community have covered every inch of concrete under the reviled freeway bridge, built directly on top of their community, in protest art since the early 1970s. Against the wishes of the San Diego authorities this scrap of wasteland was taken over by the local communiy and turned into a functioning park with art finally recognised in 1987 and officially put onto the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
Totem building in Spanish Town, Balboa Park
Digging for gold in them thar hills
The return of Amber & Suze! Amazing to see these two again in yet another part of the world. Amber also smashed the San Diego Oceanside Ironman!
San Diego's close proximity to the Mexican border means that if you look closely there is some incredible streetfood to be had and, as we were missing Costa Rica and Nicaragua, chatting in Spanish made us big fans instantly. Then we tried the food. The fresh fish tacos were unbelievable. So good we had to take Ambre & Suze there as well. Muchas gracias!
Final cruise back to LAX before leaving the banana-split for the big apple.