When we arrived we met with the owner and were told that we were welcome to explore anywhere we wanted. We were even told we could camp here, which we did! What an amazing weekend we had! Every opportunity I am blessed to meet people who are living off the grid, whom are self-sustaining, practice permaculture and/or building their own homes I feel a little growth in myself. Hopefully these photos will help inspire you too!
If you do find your way out here, please do not come empty-handed. They are living off the grid in a form of survivalist mode. "Money, garden hoses and wild bird seed is what is most appreciated" the owner has said. A lot of other offerings are unnecessary material items that they have no need for.
My friend summed up the experience perfectly, so I will share what she wrote: "I don't even know how to describe last night. I am humbled and I am beyond grateful. Ventured to Joshua Tree with friends without much of a game plan. We didn't know where we would be camping, but we had a ton of food and fire hoops. Then, we ended up here- where a man who spent a good chunk of his life living on the street started over in the middle of nowhere, living in a tipi, taking in stray dogs, making art out of trash, running his own greenhouse, raising his own chickens and peacocks and plenty of other creatures... He let us stay here free of charge. We made dinner for him, his friends and his pit bull, Red. We spun fire with the most inspirational humans I believe I've ever talked to and learned about sustainability. A man who lives in a trailer nearby makes his own "cure all" body creams out of local and organic herbs and cannabis. He sells it at dispensaries in North County and he gave me an entire jar for the poison oak that I have yet again. Someone who had just met me, who doesn't have much, and he still gave me what he had simply because I said something about having poison oak. Every wildflower in the desert was in bloom. So grateful. I'll remember last night and those people until I die."
The wildflowers put on quite an impressive show!
The Cosmic Castle:
Gems for dayyyyyys!
Let's go inside, shall we? Meet the man behind it all!
I camped out in the sauna for the night (not with the sauna on though):
The front door of the sauna and the top level:
This seriously beat sleeping in a tent all alone:
And all the amazingness that is right outside the door:
Crystals on the rock:
They have multiple bird coops on their land built right into the boulders:
We had dinner AND breakfast cook-offs at the outdoor kitchen! I'm a big believer in cooking delicious food while camping. I think it just adds to the whole trip:
I cannot remember the name of this instrument!
The next morning was filled with gloom and magic:
Awwww.....baby squirrel & quail friends!
Morning juicing. We had orange/pineapple/grapefruit juice!
Fish tacos. Yum!
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