Inspiration, ART, ART, ART, and more inspiration is what week five is all about!!! From Joshua Tree to Mexico, what a WEEK!
Words taken from my daily journals, with some enhancements…..here or there.
Joshua Tree at My Brother’s house: Lying in bed in my room. I’m struggling to get out of bed; it feels so good to just snuggle in.
I woke feeling better but still had an earache and soar throat. If I’m not better soon I’ll have to hit up an Emergency Care Center before we head into Mexico. I know the PERFECT cure, a walk through Noah Purifoy’s. I have shared Noah with so many of my friends, it was now Alice’s turn.
On the drive, the flower blossoms of pink and yellow filled the desert roads with color and life. Once at the outdoor Museum, we walked, explored and took it all in. This is my holy place, filled with magic and wonder with each unique creation.
Noah’s amazing, inspiring outdoor museum!
Tomorrow, the Joshua Treenial starts. Aaron, like usual, is taking part in so much of the awesome events. He created one of the maps, is performing at the legendary Integratron (HOLY F***), and having performances at his house. I am BEYOND proud of him. I’m damn grateful for such an inspiring artistic loving brother.
His performances at the Integratron have been sold out for awhile. This totally bummed me out! BUT Aaron brought us to the dress rehearsal. That thought still just blows my mind. Aaron playing at the Integratron!!! I even got to play a bit too. I helped to test the acoustics of his accordion in this perfect sound box. We had the place to ourselves. This is something I will never forget.
The Integratron inspires inside and out!
The treenial was a blast last night! I stayed out too late and drank too much but woke with no regrets! Walking throughout Bernard’s place I was overcome with the feeling and drive to create. The art was spectacular and I very much enjoyed exploring the land of art. I especially liked the found object sculpture with solar powered speakers that played recordings of a women talking about the environment.
After Bernard’s, we headed to the Art Queen to watch a performance. Paloma, an artist from Mexico who was part of the Treenial and staying with us at Aaron’s, and I were dropped off, while Aaron drove Alice home. The glitter of the morphed disco balls captivated my attention. I was only pulled away by how freezing the night had become. Paloma, a new friend Oleg, and myself headed to the tavern to warm up with a shot of whiskey. It was exactly what the doctor ordered!
Art Queen disco balls and a sculpture that’s out of this world!!!
Frankie and Aaron performing and their meat faces are finished!
The next day, Aaron opened his house for people to stop by, check out his art and see his performance. Paloma, Frankie (Aaron’s friend, and now mine), Aaron and myself were all part of the performance. Paloma and I sowed raw meat to Aaron and Frankie’s face, as if they were being pampered at a spa. The smell. EGGGGGHHHH! Once we started handling the meat, it warmed up and a smell, comparable to wet rotten dog, filled the air. The performers (Aaron and Frankie) were pros. They never noticed the smell and stayed in character. Everyone LOVED the performance.
Coronado Beach Campsite : Coronado, California Sitting on the beach, alone. Nothing like having the entire beach to yourself for the morning rituals.
The Mission Walker
What a day!!! I was trying not to be nervous for the interview. (more details coming soon, I promise) I told myself “Do what ya do.” This helped lessen my nerves. Edie was so sweet, down to earth and totally badass! We sat chatting for so long about her mission walk. She even took the time to have lunch with Alice and visited with her about travels. This was another grateful moment from the road.
I had a call with my friend Roz today. Sitting at a picnic table on the beach, Roz asked me what the WOW moment of this trip. I thought about this for a while.
“I have to say it’s the in between moments. The pause between the moments when neither Alice or myself are being the people we want to be or the people we think we should be or what others think we are. Those moments are so rare and disappear faster than they arrive. Most people don’t ever get to see these moments. I’m lucky to have had a glimpse of them and that is my WOW moment.” I replied.
Crossing the Boarder
Coming into Mexico was unlike any crossing I have experienced. But I’ve never entered a country in an RV. I was directed to this most random place. Alice was asked to leave the vehicle. Once I parked behind a truck, I was asked to leave as well. I felt nervous about this. Locking up the RV, I waited anxiously. There was already a language barrier just minutes into Mexico and I speak a poco Spanish, to say the least. After a big x-ray scan we left. That was it. We could go. But Alice and I still had to get an extended visa since we were planning on staying longer than a week. That was another adventure.
After driving for a few hours, I settled into the Mexican way. Enjoying the beautiful cultural sites. We found our first destination, Clam Beach, which would be our home for the next few days. It was holy week and Alice’s friends suggested we stay put for the weekend. Whether we were ready for not, we were about to get a crash course on how Mexicans spend Easter Weekend.
Next Post: Easter weekend on Clam Beach, winding roads, sandy white beaches and lots of Tequila.