Hello there! This is Aria, the production manager at Portland Apothecary. Spring came early to us in Portland this year and with spring comes that inevitable urge to get out and adventure. I've been dreaming of the desert for a long time now, and a couple weeks ago I finally got to put that dream into action. I threw a mattress in the car and hit the road, winding my way down the California coast, bound for Joshua Tree. Along the way I saw so many beautiful places, people and, of course, plant friends. Here's a few pictures to hopefully inspire your own spring adventures!
I've done a few trips down the California coast now and it's always beautiful. Big Sur in particular never fails to be breathtaking. Never. Along the way, I ate local oysters in Bolinas, thrifted in Santa Cruz and stayed in Oakland, where I finally got to visit Homestead Apothecary. It's so inspiring to see so many people doing awesome work with herbs in their communities right now.
I got to Joshua Tree just in time to set up camp and see the full moon rise, followed by some serious shooting star action. I spent the next few days exploring and soaking in the desert air, which felt great, but also completely dried out my skin. And after several days spent climbing over big boulders, I found myself wishing I'd brought some Healing Salve for my chapped hands. Luckily, my bottle of Forest Body Oil saved the day. Packing for self-care on road trips can be tough!
One of the plants I was most excited to see was Ocotillo, an almost other-worldly desert dweller. Here it just about to open its fiery red flowers. We lovingly use this plant in our Ocotillo + Rose Quartz Essence to help fortify energetic boundaries- and you can see why from its sharp spines!
My trip ended in Tucson, where I got to hike amongst the towering saguaros and creosote. It's such a different landscape than the one I grew up with in Oregon, but just as magical. I can't wait to go back!
I'm also excited to start sharing more things with you on the blog here- stay tuned for some how-to's, recipes, and hopefully more adventures.