We shot our Fall Preview catalogue in Joshua Tree. Here's our five favorite spots from the trip.
1. The Station
First stop was the Station at Joshua Tree. It used to be a dusty old gas station, but today it serves up a different type of road trip fuel - coffee and snacks.
It’s also home to eclectic goodies, souvenirs, and a 20-foot-tall cowboy statue named “Big Josh.”
2. The Joshua Tree House
Our home base for the weekend was the Joshua Tree House. A couple redesigned the house together and now list it on airbnb.
It also has a pretty sick record collection. For those less old-fashioned listeners that don’t travel with a record player for some reason, you can always check out their Spotify.
3. Hidden Valley
The house was a quick trip from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, where we shot in Hidden Valley.
It’s a one-mile loop trail that winds around massive boulders, and looks even better in Golden Hour lighting.
4. Salvation Mountain
We also stopped by Salvation Mountain, a massive art exhibit created by local resident Leonard Knight (1931–2014). It looks like a Dr. Seuss book come to life.
This 50-foot high, 150-foot long monument is made from adobe clay and donated paint and is honestly pretty slippery if you’re not careful.
Pro tip: wear a blue-and-white raglan here to win at hide-and-seek.
5. Moorten Botanical Garden
Next, we stopped by the Moorten Botanical Garden. Home of the world’s first Cactarium. Take that your next Trivia night.
You can ever buy some of the cacti to carry home with you. Let’s take a moment to be thankful for bicycle baskets.
We believe everyone should be able to live and love equally, whatever they're into. So it was about time we got behind Pride in a big way.
We also decided to march in the SF Pride Parade, so naturally we built a float featuring Da Bus. Then covered it in rainbows and glitter. Naturally.
Here are some of our favorite shots from the day. (It's pretty clear that we had a terrible time.)
Brittany from our customer service team letting her flag fly.
Like we said, we had a terrible time.
This kid did not want our COO to steal her thunder. We applaud you, young lady.
New teammate Teddy makes us all look bad with her crowd-pleasing dance moves.
We passed out tees and stickers to bribe the crowd.
The shirt says it all.
'Til next year...
It's Mother's Day: the day we celebrate women who successfully keep their children guessing who the favorite is.
We're pretty sure our moms are the only ones who read this blog, soooo we asked Renee (Director of E-Comm) and Molly (Director of Design & Sourcing) to share a few photos and stories from their Motherhood Journeys, also known as How To Tell the Difference Between Chocolate and Poop On Your Shirt 101.
Renee: I tend to be a worry wart. I worry about everything. My husband likes to remind me: "Renee, you've got 18 years to worry about her. At this rate, you are not going to make it." My kid is 10 months old.
Molly: One of my twin boys once devoured raisins on a cross-country flight and then had a subsequent raisin blowout all over his clothes, car seat, and our rental car. Hand-washing everything in a rest stop bathroom was the icing on the cake.
Renee: I've learned to tell myself that when my daughter doesn't want to take a nap, it's not because she's a little devil, but because she's so sad she has to stop hanging out with me. I would cry too.
Molly: When I was pregnant with my daughter, one of my boys was up no less than 10 times a night for 2 months straight. I'm smiling in this picture (because it was totally worth it), but I wasn't smiling a whole lot back then.
Full transparency: Renee and Molly also shared a lot of happy stories. Those are less fun to read, though. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, step-moms, mom-like figures, grandmoms, and moms-to-be out there. We couldn't do it without you.
To celebrate the launch of our new capsule collection with Lost & Found, we’re attempting to take Da Bus on a road trip to LA, starting tomorrow. Why? Lost & Found is based on the spirit of '70s surf culture, and we figured it doesn't get much more old-school than a barely-functioning VW bus.
Also, we needed a cheap way to get down there in time for Friday, which is when we're hosting a launch party for the L&F collab at our Venice store.
So who's even going on this road trip?
Doug "Always Aloha" Walker, Founder of Lost & Found
Ben Bloom, ML Creative Director, Bus Wrangler
Julia Toro, ML Copywriter with a high tolerance for gas poisoning, we assume
What are you guys gonna do on the way down?
Day 1: Highway 1 to Big Sur
Quick stop at the San Jose store
Big Sur Bakery
Slates Hot Springs
Nepenthe for dinner (rec courtesy of @heartsymomma)
Day 2: Santa Barbara with a stop in SLO
Morro Bay and the Sea Shanty (rec courtesy of @the_moodynoodle)
Go Westy Campers (mechanic rec courtesy of the good folks at @sunski)
Backyard Bowls for a smoothie (rec courtesy of @staciadesignco)
and maybe Los Agaves after since we'll probably still be hungry...
Day 3: Venice
Quick stop at the Malibu store
Surf at Zuma Beach
Lunch at Neptune's Net (rec courtesy of @ashleynicolego)
Crack a beer and start the party set-up
PS - Don't forget to submit your wager for how many times the bus is gonna break down...if you're right, you'll get a secret discount code. If you're wrong, you probably shoulda guessed higher.