Desert Hearts: A Travel Diary

My Dinah mission was not to party, but to go on an adventure. In three days I crossed four big items off my bucket list: camping under an eclipse, Dinah, Salvation Mountain, and the Salton Sea.

My girlfriend and I started in Joshua Tree.

Note : I make her stand in photos.

Note : I make her stand in photos.

We set up my mesh tent under the stars so we could view the eclipse from bed.

Me and our tent.

Me and our tent.

Me in "bed."

Me in “bed.”

We were camping at Sonocco Wasi ~Home of the Heart~ Joshua Tree; a private lot outside the park with amazing energy and people.

A campfire gathering we crashed.

A campfire gathering we crashed.

Home of the Heart, Joshua Tree

Home of the Heart, Joshua Tree

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We awoke to a sweet wolf-dog guarding our tent.

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Then we headed to Palm Springs for Dinah. Like a good lesbian, I went with my girlfriend and my ex-girlfriend.

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Us at a Dinah pool party, or "What happens when I hand other people my camera"

Us at a Dinah pool party, or “What happens when I hand other people my camera”

After the pool party, we had big plans to go out but instead fell asleep for 15 hours.

On Sunday, the three of us headed deeper into the desert.

A weird palm tree farm we passed.

A weird palm tree farm we passed.

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After passing an alarming border patrol checkpoint and almost running out of gas, we hit Salvation Mountain – a biblical art installation built over the lifetime of the late Leonard Knight.

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On the way home we stopped along the Salton Sea. The sea miraculously appeared thanks to an engineering meltdown involving an irrigation canal of the Colorado river. Though it was once a major tourist destination, the water is now toxic and brown and the bugs seemed mutant.

Leaving the visitor center after learning they encourage people to eat the fish (just not that much).

Leaving the visitor center after learning they encourage people to eat the fish (just not that much).

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And with that plus a date shake from Hadley’s, we were headed back to Los Angeles.

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Molly Adams is an LA-based photographer. You can find documenting life from Afghanistan to Standing Rock to the LA queer nightlife. You can also find her on Instagram.

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18 Comments

  1. Beautiful. I especially loved the part about camping at Joshua Tree. And the first photo of Salvation Mountain – such brilliant colors. You and your girlfriend (and wolf-dog) look so happy.

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