About two months ago one of my favorite artists, Childish Gambino, mysteriously tweeted with a link to download an app. It eventually turned out to be a 3-day album release event named Pharos, with little to no details - beyond that it would be in Joshua Tree, California.
Not one to stray from a once-in-a-lifetime moment I immediately threw down for a ticket and planned a solo trip out west. Conveniently enough Woody was planning a trip to Africa and I thought it proper to kickoff my own adventure. I drove 1,400 miles round-trip from Denver to Vegas to Joshua Tree (and back) in one weekend. The drive was long, but beautiful. Vegas was mild, but introspective. Pharos was a uniquely awesome party in the desert.
Not enough women travel alone I've come to find. So I encourage all my ladies to get out there and find comfort in your loneliness. I promise you'll make a few friends along the way.
Four days. Two stops. 1,400 miles.
It's good to be home with new perspectives.
Always in awe with Utah
Took myself on a date to see LOVE. It was nothing short of incredible. Their music gives me goosebumps, but I think it's because it reminds me of my mom and I always think about her singing along and doing little mom-dance moves.
Had to sneak a quick photo...
Post midnight photoshoot
I originally had this wishbone necklace in silver, but all of my jewelry went missing after a flight to California last year. Luckily I snagged another one, but in rose gold (my favorite!)
These two charms are near and dear to my heart and I can't remember a day that I didn't wear them. Woody and I were in Austin last year for Memorial Day weekend. We were leisurely shopping and I was glued to the jewelry case at this specific boutique. Woody was scoping out some posters and scooted over as I asked for the Colorado charm. A split second later I gingerly requested a "W" charm to join alongside and looked at Wood with a big ol' grin on my face.
A reminder of two things that are always with me: my home and my other half
Shameless array of selfies ahead.
Dome. Restroom. Amphitheater. Camping.
Joshua Tree, you're so photogenic.
The dome of Pharos. A magical experience that I've never quite had before. Donald Glover really switched it up and a lot of people didn't respond do it, but I applaud anyone who takes risks. I bought a ticket without hesitation and everyone else was there with the same intentions. I made a couple of friends and overall I had a wonderful night with absolutely no expectations. Except, I'd really like the album to drop RIGHT NOW.
I tried explaining the show to my friend and he sent me a snapshot how others described it:
- 12 songs
- concept album with creepy tribal vibe
- funk/jazz hybrid
- minimal rapping
- creatively different
Waking up with the sun is always a serene moment.