My birthday began with a delicious breakfast at Molly’s Souper in Upland with my Dad. We really love that place! It’s the epitome of a home style cafe and the food and service are always great. We ate and talked for a couple of hours and it was a great start to my day.
After that, Daniel and I headed east to the desert! We rented an Airbnb in Twentynine Palms for a cozy getaway.
We stopped in Pioneertown, CA since it was on the way and I had heard some good things about it. It was the cutest, little old-timey town! We looked in shops, pet a goat named Nacoma, and took some photos. Check it out!
Nacoma and I weren’t sure about each other at first, but then we warmed up (plus, I gave her a treat, so she had no choice but to love me).
Pioneertown was really cute! It was quiet and quaint with a lot of cool photo op spots! Daniel is such a trooper for walking around with me in the cold and for taking pictures of me whenever I found one of said spots 🙂 Here are a couple more pictures:
After Pioneertown, we decided to head over to our Airbnb. However, we made a few pit stops along the way, all of which involved FOOD (no surprise there, right?) I made sure to get my free birthday drink from Starbucks, which was a strawberry refresher of some sort. It had dragonfruit mango, peach, and something else. I took the barista’s word for it when he said it was good. We also stopped at Popeyes so I could try one of the chicken sandwiches that is apparently so good, it makes people go crazy to get them (I.e fights, brawls, riots, even death…. sad!) So, as you can imagine, my expectations were high. After eating it, I must say…. I would punch a person or two to get one if I had to! Kidding. But they are soooo good! I can see what the craze was about (minus the violence), because those things are delicious….
We also stopped by Pie for the People, which was a cute pizza place that had a bunch of original pizzas and a cute atmosphere. I didn’t get a picture of our pizza, but it had potatoes on it! So different and delicious! We took it back to the Airbnb and enjoyed it there.
We wanted to make sure we got to our place before dark, so after all the food shenanigans, we headed straight there. We had to take a few dirt roads to get there and the town itself seemed a little run down. Houses and trailers looked abandoned and there weren’t many cars on the road. We pulled up to this cute little house and I recognized it right away from the pictures. It was so cute and cozy! Here are some of my favorite parts of it:
The dining room and kitchen were so cute with the hand-drawn mural and teal cabinets! The velcro dart game grabbed our attention and we played for awhile. It was really fun! And that solo-standing pink gate…. gahhhhhh it was everything! Such a cool touch.
One of the things we decided to do during our night in, was complete a murder mystery box. For those who don’t know what that is, it is a box sent to you that has a story of a fictitious murder, with all documents such as the evidence, the police reports, etc. in order for you to solve the crime. We had a ball, y’all! We are really into crime documentaries so this was right up our alley. Check it out!
Daniel 100% SOLVED THE CRIME! We were going back and forth on who we thought the suspect was and I was totally unsure and thought way too into it. He pretty much named the suspect and the rationale verbatim to the answer that was given at the end. It was so much fun!!
The next morning, we decided to get up early to watch the sunrise. We figured we would have a front row seat to something really beautiful, so we sacrificed sleeping in to head out into the cold and watch it. We made sure to check what time it would be rising so we didn’t miss it or go out too early. (This was us waiting…)
And this was the sunrise shot I got:
SUCH A FAIL! The clouds were too thick to see anything and there weren’t any cool colors either…. wah wahhhhhh! We tried… and then back to bed we went!
We left our cute Airbnb and on our way home, we wanted to drive through Joshua Tree National Park since neither of us had been there. We figured it would be a scenic route to get back home. Luckily, we didn’t have to pay to get in and there weren’t too many people out. We were able to get out and get a few shots:
And that was my birthday! It was so chill and different than any other birthday I’ve had. I love trying new things and exploring new places! And I feel so lucky that I have a partner in crime who loves do to the same. We always have the best time together. I am so grateful for him and can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for us.
Here we go, 35… show me what you’ve got!