My first trip this year was down to Anaheim, California for the Craft + Hobby Association tradeshow. It was such a good, good time because I had the chance to touch base with store owners and colleagues, as well as spend some really wonderful time with friends I've known for so many years. I left feeling happy and reenergized about this industry I've been doing for the past ten years.
After CHA, I drove to Palm Springs to unwind for a few days. I've done this in the past and it rounds out a fun trip to California. This time my best friend Sarah came and stayed with me at the Ace and we stayed up until 3am talking + laughing. It was the best. We also decided to take a road trip out to Salvation Mountain, which is about two hours away from Palm Springs. We'd both never been before and got there just barely beating sunset.
If you've never heard of Salvation Mountain, you can find a plethora of information about it online. It's a giant, sprawling work of art literally in the middle of nowhere started by Leonard Knight over 30 years ago. It's quite a sight to see, as there are so many painted details in every bit of this piece. Knight died in 2011 and many have stepped in to help with the upkeep.
It really is a masterpiece. You can walk all over and climb most of it. We went to the top and checked out the view as the sun went down.
Here's to a year full of colorful new adventures in 2016!