As mentioned in my post about Rock-a-Hoola, I love photographing abandoned locations, and we stumbled upon quite a few during our road trip, dotted in between tiny towns, and miles of fields. So here is quite the picture heavy post of what happens when buildings get left behind…
I literally took thousands of photos on our road trip, 3322 to be exact. Most were of abandoned buildings and killer vintage signs, which are my two favorite things to photograph, and our road trip was full of them! So much so my photos are coming to you in three, yes, three, separate posts! First up I’m sharing the sights of Reno! Now, if you follow me on Instagram and checked out any of my stories while we were on the road, you may have seen me fawning all over some of these signs, and I am so happy to finally share them with you in all of their glory in this post!
Most of the signs you’ll see are from motels, and I’ve even included some images of the actual buildings if the building was cool too!
If you liked this, there will be another signage post in the near future! So stay tuned!
If you only go to one museum in Las Vegas, it should be the Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is rich in what made Las Vegas famous – neon. That spectacular glow of gases swirling inside glass made the lure of Las Vegas so bright and people flocked. Sadly though, over the years, many motels, hotels, casinos, and businesses have either bit the dust or “updated” their signage. But thankfully some of that signage is laid to rest in the “Neon Boneyard”.
The Neon Museum doesn’t just let these old signs sit out, they are also actively restoring their signs, slowly, one at a time. The Neon Museum offers both daytime and nighttime tours, and Patrick and I did both during our stay in Vegas, so we got to see the restored signs lit up. You’ll see a combination of both visits throughout the post.
The Neon Museum is a photographer’s dream, and I took hundreds of photos! And even though I narrowed it down, it was still quite a lot!
Patrick and I are finally home from our road trip to Idaho! Why Idaho? Well, my grandfather on my mom’s side passed away, so we went for his services, but I figured if we had to go, why not make the best of it, and do a road trip?
The first stop on our trip was Las Vegas (not counting the abandoned waterpark in my last post), and we crammed a lot into our two night stay, so I have lots to share with you! And we will start with the Mob Museum.
Very fittingly located in an old Las Vegas courthouse, the Mob Museum was on my list last time I was in Vegas, but didn’t get around to it. The museum offers a chronology of the history of the mob in the United States, as well as the history of law enforcement’s way of combatting the mob, but with a strong focus on Las Vegas, and a nice general history of Vegas.
At the very end of the museum was a small room showcasing vintage fashion from the late 1910s through the early 1930s, with some absolutely stunning pieces! So if you’re more in this for the fashion, just scroll to the end!
Each time I would visit Palm Springs and return home I would get asked “Did you go to Salvation Mountain?” Here’s the funny thing about where Salvation Mountain is… It’s hardly “close” to Palm Springs. Palm Springs, and its neighboring cities of Palm Desert, Cathedral City, and Indio are the closest cities of any real consequence to Salvation Mountain, which is actually located in Niland, near the southeastern edge of the Salton Sea, and about 75 miles from Palm Springs. But it’s like, if you’re already that far out into the desert, why not go? And this time we finally made it. So, what is Salvation Mountain?
In 1984 a man by the name of Leonard Knight trekked out to Niland and began to build a monument to God, and the message of “God is Love”, a message Knight felt so deeply and wanted to share with the world. He added to the mountain in a variety of ways every day. He also covered his vehicles in the same message with incredible detail. Seriously. People come for the mountain, but the trucks to me are the real work of art. No matter your religious beliefs, I think Salvation Mountain is a must see for those interested in the weird and bizarre of California’s desert landscape, as well as those interested in folk art, because it truly is a prime example of folk art.
Knight passed away in February of 2014, but Salvation Mountain doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It’s still looked after, and it is still an incredibly popular spot for people to visit, at least a dozen people came and went while we were there.
This pretty much wraps it up for my Palm Springs posts. I did a bit of shopping, and am contemplating a “haul” post, but not entirely sold on the idea yet…so we’ll see!
Hat: Ricochet, Joshua Tree, California
Blouse & Shorts: Buffalo Exchange
Belt: I honestly don’t remember…
Each time Patrick and I head to Palm Springs, we decide to find a different little vintage hotel to stay at, as Palm Springs if full of unique offerings. This year it was the Coral Sands (as recommended to me by my dear friend Kiley of Running with a Chance of Costumes).
I can’t express how much I love the courtyard of Coral Sands. With fun vintage patio furniture, a kidney shaped swimming pool and swaying palm trees, it is a gem. So it’s no surprise I spent a good amount of time just loafing in and around the pool. But I also did a bit of shopping, and plan to share my new found treasures with you soon!
I didn’t snap any interior shots, but I can assure you our room, the “Howdy Doody goes to Bali” room, was adorable, kitschy to the max, and had flamingos galore.
Before heading home, we went out to Salvation Mountain, and I’m eager to look at the pictures and hopefully share them with you all soon! In the meantime I’m happy to be back home, and look forward to the March Vintage Visitors‘ meet-up that’s tomorrow! But first to unpack!
Swimsuit: Fables by Barrie
It’s March, and that means it’s time for Patrick’s annual conference in Palm Springs. Last year I wasn’t able to tag along like past years, as I was working, but now that I’ve quit, I’m able to spend time in the dreamy desert of Palm Springs.
We arrived yesterday and after checking into our adorable hotel (which I’m sure will get its own blog post), we headed off to do one of the most touristy things in Palm Springs, the aerial tram.
I had been to the summit of Mount San Jacinto via the tram before, but Patrick had yet to do it, so it was a new experience for him.
It was quite windy at the summit, and colder than I expected, so we only snapped a few pictures while enjoying the stunning views.
I’m utterly in love with this massive outdoor fireplace along the balcony that overlooks Palm Springs.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tram charm on my charm bracelet was actually a find a few years back at Expo, which I bought to add to my California themed charm bracelet. Upon entering the gift shop I was surprised to find that they still sold the charm!
We’re in Palm Springs for a week, and while Patrick is at his conference I have a few adventures of my own planned, but also slated a healthy dose of relaxing by the pool.
Mexican Tourist Jacket & Scarf: I don’t remember…
Dress: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Lux De Ville
Turquoise Ring: West of Texas, Redlands, California…I think…
Charm Bracelet: Made up of charms I’ve found at various shops and shows