For someone who hates to be hot, it makes very little sense that I am absolutely wild about the desert.
|Until one sees the stunning vistas, then it makes all the sense in the world.|
Also, people aren't kidding when they talk about "dry heat" versus humid/sticky heat; there is a noticeable difference - like clinical-strength antiperspirant not being a necessity, for example. More importantly, there is an atmosphere in the desert that is so uniquely serene and magical that I always jump at the chance to go out and explore its many wonders. When we received an invitation to a wedding in the desert, we were excited. When we saw that it was to be the wedding of our friends, Jodi and Swimmy, we were thrilled.
|Our journey necessitated us passing through Cabazon.|
It will be a cold day in
stop to commune with the Cabazon Dinosaurs.
If you've never been to see The Cabazon Dinosaurs, you need to change your schedule and go; it is a wacky tacky must! The area around them has been built up since the filming of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, but fortunately the Wheel Inn, the truck stop diner that is also featured in the film is still serving great food and homemade salad dressings.
|The staff at the Wheel Inn is very nice.|
Is it strange that every time we come in, they know why we are there?
"He sat in that stool," they say as we make our way to the bar to plant
ourselves where Pee Wee sat.
|I always want to take a souvenir home with me but they're not selling|
the spaghetti globe lamps that hang over the counter.
|There is no end to great photo-ops out that way.|
Mary wore a two-piece squaw dress that looked cool
against the desert brown stripes and it picked up the
colors of the totem pole.
We met up with Nick and Cynthia at the Wheel Inn so we could caravan out to the wedding site. We tried to test out the old TESTO machine but...
|...it wouldn't take Nick's nickel.|
Our next stop was the site of the wedding, The Shangri-La Cabin, in Joshua Tree. Have you ever been on the Indian Jones ride at Disneyland? That is nothing compared to the rutted, uneven, unpaved, dirt road we had to take out to the wedding. I had never realized the level to which I had taken paved roads for granted until that night. Driving past spooky hillbillies along the way, the wacky wagon nearly shook itself apart. In the blackness of the desert past sundown, we were convinced that we were unintentionally cast in a horror movie. When we finally found the Shangri-La Cabin, I knew the blessed relief the Israelites must've felt after those forty years.
The wedding site was awesome and the ceremony didn't disappoint. Really, it was everything a wedding should be - romantic, funny, intimate, personal, and fun.
|The gorgeous bride in her custom-made gown.|
|Jodi and Swimmy were hoisted on chairs as the guests danced the Hora.|
The ceremony and reception were held outside under a firmament filled with the brightest stars. Living in an area suffering from the worst in light pollution, I had forgotten all about stars (seriously, we can see one or two on a good night). The night sky was beautiful, the music was awesome ( I spent the entire night dancing), and there was a swing set!!!
|The desert sky was so big and so close, it felt like we|
were "Swingin' on a Star."
|We even got to meet our blogging buddy,|
Crystal Lee, of Nakedcowgirl Vintage.
I was having so much fun that I failed to get a picture of the delicious wedding cake - a giant corndog!
|Cynthia, Mr. Tiny, Jodi, and Nick|
Of course I waited to get a picture until the end of the night
when we were untucked, tired from dancing, and stuffed with cake,
but that doesn't matter because...
Congratulations to Jodi and Swimmy! You guys are a perfect couple (notice I didn't say a couple of what). Thank you for including us in your special night and your awesome party! We expect to be on the guest list for the 50th Anniversary party!