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rage patton
01-20-2012, 12:32 PM
So, I have been doing some thinking lately. This year will be my 6th Coachella, and other than the drive on Highway 10, I havent seen much else of the vast desert that surrounds our wonderful music festival. So, I thought I would start this thread for people to start bouncing around ideas of what to do around the Coachella Valley and the High Desert (Yucca Valley/Joshua Tree) before and/or after Coachella. I know there was a thread started like this once before, but I couldn't find it, and seeing that Coachella is now less than 3 months away, there isn't a better time to start throwing around ideas and start planning.

So, have any of you explored before or after the fest? What have you found? Cool bars? Hiking trails? Museums? Novelty attractions? Great restaurants? I want to hear about them all.

Let me start off:

The Integratron

http://www.notcot.com/images/2009/11/integratron.jpg

Basically, this was a structure built by a guy who believes he was abducted by aliens who downloaded the plans to build this into his brain. He then went up to Yucca Valley and built it. The structure is a pure wooden dome (no nails, screws, or anything like that) and was built using Tesla theories of science. The result was a room which is both perfectly acoustic and an acoustic anomaly and is able to tap into geothermal energy which creates unexplainable spikes in electromagnetic activity. They now hold what they call "Sound Baths" there where you lay down and someone rubs ceramic bowl creating strange sounds that can be heard no where else. Some people claim it to be incredibly relaxing, where other people go as far as to claim it takes them to an altered state of consciousness. In other words, this place sounds batshit crazy and I want to go there really, really badly. Its about an hour and 15 minute drive from Indio.

Before I go further, I will admit I got this idea, and the next one, from the Anthony Bourdain episode of No Reservations where Josh Homme serves as his guide.

Pappy & Harriets

http://www.thecoachellavalleyartscene.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Pappy__Harriets_Pioneertown_Palace.jpg

Pappy & Harriets is a Honkey Tonk bar which is both a regular hangout spot for locals and a novelty tourist attraction. Apparently they have the best Steak and Ribs around and lots and lots of tequila. Honestly, thats really all I need to know about this place. Im sold. Its about an hour drive from Indio.

Also, I thought this thread could be a place to organize doing things with other boardies before/after the festival. I am planning on doing both of these things here after the fest, so if anyone here wants to join in, send me a message on facebook or text me or something. I put this thread here in hopes that lurkers wont find it as well. In case people want to keep things semi-private, and not just a giant open inviatation thing, maybe dates shouldn't be discussed here, but we can discuss who is interested in doing what and also help each find cool things and share our ideas.

I hope this works.

suprefan
01-20-2012, 12:40 PM
Cabazon Dinosaurs

http://www.cabazondinosaurs.com/

http://www.retroland.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/cabazon_650x300_a01_110126_.jpg



And the casino next door + outlet shopping aint so bad either. Oh, Hadleys is also right there. Get a Date shake. You will not regret.


Palm Springs Aeiral Tram

http://www.pstramway.com/


http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/40332/img_1809_the_cable_car.jpg

TomAz
01-20-2012, 12:44 PM
http://www.labelscar.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/fiesta-mall-04.jpg

http://www.johnnyblazed.com/Been%20caught%20stealin%20in%20da%20Mall%20Palm%20 Desert%20CA%209-19-01.jpg

http://www.minkler-photo-gallery.com/images/city-of-palm-desert-saks.jpg

https://img-s.foursquare.com/derived_pix/ON5PGBJUAHG5HEJYJTSDF2RFU1G1TFTJUIXJXPB5IKXHBOWT_3 00x300.jpg

http://i.pbase.com/u46/icicle50/upload/29712630.DSC01821Medium.jpg

Courtney
01-20-2012, 12:49 PM
Noooooo YOU STOLE MY THREAD

http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?50062-Side-Trips-Near-Indio-For-Before-After-Coachella

(Only in a much more informative and helpful way.)

LetThereBeLight
01-20-2012, 12:51 PM
Lurker found your post but I'm just trying to help. If you like to hike, the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs are awesome. Lots of different trails of ranging difficulty. You could spend days there hiking all the different trails and it's beautiful.

rage patton
01-20-2012, 12:54 PM
Ah. Thank you for the link Courtney. Like I said earlier, I tried to find it... but I couldn't. Also, I figured putting a thread in this lounge could help the board regulars start planning trips and hangouts and stuff. I am assuming people will be buying flights soon and perhaps some people will want to come a day early or stay a day or two late if we get some cool exploring activities planned.

rage patton
01-20-2012, 12:55 PM
Lurker found your post but I'm just trying to help. If you like to hike, the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs are awesome. Lots of different trails of ranging difficulty. You could spend days there hiking all the different trails and it's beautiful.

You are more than welcome to share! Thank you for the imput. That reminds me, I actually did hike one of the trails of Indian Canyons last year and it was a pretty fantastic way to end the trip. I will post some photos of that in a bit. Thanks for the reminder!

thestripe
01-20-2012, 01:06 PM
So, I have been doing some thinking lately. This year will be my 6th Coachella, and other than the drive on Highway 10, I havent seen much else of the vast desert that surrounds our wonderful music festival. So, I thought I would start this thread for people to start bouncing around ideas of what to do around the Coachella Valley and the High Desert (Yucca Valley/Joshua Tree) before and/or after Coachella. I know there was a thread started like this once before, but I couldn't find it, and seeing that Coachella is now less than 3 months away, there isn't a better time to start throwing around ideas and start planning.

So, have any of you explored before or after the fest? What have you found? Cool bars? Hiking trails? Museums? Novelty attractions? Great restaurants? I want to hear about them all.

Let me start off:

The Integratron

http://www.notcot.com/images/2009/11/integratron.jpg

Basically, this was a structure built by a guy who believes he was abducted by aliens who downloaded the plans to build this into his brain. He then went up to Yucca Valley and built it. The structure is a pure wooden dome (no nails, screws, or anything like that) and was built using Tesla theories of science. The result was a room which is both perfectly acoustic and an acoustic anomaly and is able to tap into geothermal energy which creates unexplainable spikes in electromagnetic activity. They now hold what they call "Sound Baths" there where you lay down and someone rubs ceramic bowl creating strange sounds that can be heard no where else. Some people claim it to be incredibly relaxing, where other people go as far as to claim it takes them to an altered state of consciousness. In other words, this place sounds batshit crazy and I want to go there really, really badly. Its about an hour and 15 minute drive from Indio.

Before I go further, I will admit I got this idea, and the next one, from the Anthony Bourdain episode of No Reservations where Josh Homme serves as his guide.


I hope this works.

I saw that episode. Made me think about going there too. I bet that place gets a spike in traffic this year.

faxman75
01-20-2012, 01:07 PM
I heard Courtney talk about Integratron before and Cracker/Camper Van Bethoven have their campout at Pappy & Harriet's every year. Depending how this thread develops I may be interested in this adventure.

Currently, I am planning on Vegas. No surprise there but I did a little exploring in Vegas this past weekend and stayed in a part of Vegas I never had before. This is about a 4.5 hour drive from Indio.

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The El Cortez has been open since 1941 and was purchased by Bugsy Siegel in 1945. Jackie Gaughan purchased the casino in the 50's and still lives in the Casino to this day. He can be seen on the floors and to many folks surprise, is very talkative about the old days of Vegas.

They recently spent millions remodeling the place. It's in the Fremont East district about 2 blocks form the Fremont Experience in Vegas. The hotel is one of the best bangs for your buck in town. The Cabana suites are in a building just next to the casino and they have turned it into a boutique hotel. Rooms are about $50/night and you don't have to be a member or have a players club card to get that rate.

http://images.askmen.com/fine_living/hotel/1259613746_el-cortez-cabana-suites_1.jpg

Besides the hotel and the proximity to the Fremont Experience in Vegas it turns out the 2 blocks of bars between the hotel and the Fremont Experience are the perfect escape from gambling and tourists. The district of Fremont East is full of bars that don't have a single slot machine in sight and are filled with locals, hipsters and other real people. The bars are very cool and unique as well.

This past trip I went to three of them. The first was Instert Coin(s) which is a video game bar. It's loaded with flat screen tv's and you just give the bartender your ID and he gives you a PS3 controller and you just pay for your drinks and play for free. They also provide bottle service meaning you can get a private booth with a waitress and play some of the older gaming councels like Super Nintendo and they will bring you a bunch of cartridges (games). The music they play is all retro as well. Think 80's and the bar flashes different colors like a simon game.

Next up I went to a place called the Griffin. A cavernous bar that was very dimly lit with a couple of fire pits, lots of couches and comfy seating and a very long wooden bar with a great selection of beer on tap and shelves full of booze. A great place to hang out and have a few drinks in a great atmosphere. The night I was there they were playing a lot of different indie rock. If you continue to walk back and go through some dark curtains you will find restrooms and then another room with a DJ and a small dance floor. This place seemed to have everything but mostly the personality and vibe made it great.

Finally I went to a place called The Downtown. It was a little tricky finding the door but this is a mixology bar. They have a variety of flavorful cocktails available or just belly up to the bar and tell the bartender what flavors you like. I went with some minty deal and it was interesting. This place had a little less personality over all. It seemed kind of trendy and the crowd was somewhat hip I suppose.

I used this website to do a little research in advance. I'm currently booked for 4 nights in the midweek here but i'm keeping all options open at this point. I can easily be entertained in this area for that long. Just a thought for those who might be tired of the actual strip in Vegas because well, it can definitely be obnoxious and this side of vegas is pretty laid back.

http://www.fremontstreetbars.com/

Courtney
01-20-2012, 01:07 PM
I think we should organize a group outing to the Integratron so we can make a reservation for a private sound bath. Unfortunately, it's closed on Mondays, which makes things more difficult.

thestripe
01-20-2012, 01:13 PM
Tell me more about the sound baths. How much do they cost? Reservation? How awesome is the thing? Anthony Bourdain made it look so cool.

LetThereBeLight
01-20-2012, 01:14 PM
Anytime :)

Courtney
01-20-2012, 01:14 PM
I think it's $20 per person if we get a big enough group. Reservation needs to be made in advance. It looks pretty awesome.

flowbee
01-20-2012, 01:15 PM
I'll be in the desert before and after Weekend 1 and would be down to meet up for something when Coachella isn't going on.

I like all the suggestions. Tahquitz Falls hike http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.3474957.0217/flat,550x550,075,f.jpg

Knotts Soak City
http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/california/palm-springs/images/s/knotts-soak-city.jpg

Scooter rentals
http://images.oyster.com/palm-springs/hotels/ace-hotel-and-swim-club/photos/amenities--v1258534-56-720.jpg

VillageFest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5H7UXxkqcI

Also if you like the windmills you past going to the fest each year you can get up close and do a guided tour. Think they offer group rates not sure though.

rage patton
01-20-2012, 01:17 PM
I saw that episode. Made me think about going there too. I bet that place gets a spike in traffic this year.

Exactly, I was thinking of organizing this Integratron trip pretty soon.


I think we should organize a group outing to the Integratron so we can make a reservation for a private sound bath. Unfortunately, it's closed on Mondays, which makes things more difficult.

Its closed Mondays? That is a major bummer.

LetThereBeLight
01-20-2012, 01:21 PM
Just so you know, knotts soak city has pretty limited hours in April because it's still too cold for us desert rats. Lol.

chairmenmeow47
01-20-2012, 01:48 PM
idyllwild is in the mountains, but is beautiful. i went to boarding school there. it's an art school, so they may have shows or exhibitions you could check out. also there was a really good chinese restaurant in a house there; not sure if it's still open. the views from the point were breathtaking; you could see all of the city!

LetThereBeLight
01-20-2012, 01:51 PM
Yeah vista point on the way up to idyllwild is awesome, great views.

obzen
01-20-2012, 01:52 PM
The El Cortez...
http://images.askmen.com/fine_living/hotel/1259613746_el-cortez-cabana-suites_1.jpg

ha, I stayed there a few years back when I saw the Pixies at the Hard Rock -- I'll never forget those rooms.




And the frosted windows: jonesy.

Alchemy
01-20-2012, 02:08 PM
Palm Springs Aeiral Tram

http://www.pstramway.com/

There is a Dirty Jobs episode of this. Collection 4 - Episode 10 - "Aerial Tram Greaser." Netflix (http://movies.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=70127697&trkid=3325854&t=Dirty+Jobs%3A+Vol.+4%3A+Aerial+Tram+Greaser).

Mugwog
01-20-2012, 03:58 PM
Integratron is pretty awesome, way better if you can get it to be a private session for you and your friends. I would think with a bunch of random people it doesn't feel as magical.

kitt kat
01-20-2012, 05:27 PM
Fuck, Indio Fashion Mall looking classy.

Mugwog
01-20-2012, 05:36 PM
https://img-s.foursquare.com/derived_pix/ON5PGBJUAHG5HEJYJTSDF2RFU1G1TFTJUIXJXPB5IKXHBOWT_3 00x300.jpg

OoooooOOohhh, Sbarro! Fancy

LetThereBeLight
01-20-2012, 05:43 PM
Fuck, Indio Fashion Mall looking classy.

That place is a colossal waste of time apart from the Mexican place in the corner.

TomAz
01-20-2012, 07:30 PM
Tell us more.

faxman75
01-20-2012, 07:47 PM
lulz

TOOLRAGE
01-20-2012, 07:52 PM
I don't know if it's been mentioned, but joshua tree is fee free 4/21-29.

misterpickles
01-20-2012, 11:52 PM
I must second the Joshua Tree recommendation.. such an incredible span of desert with lots of fun things to climb. Perfect for post-chella decompression, and especially if you don't want to immediately return to the world of hot showers and beds.

rage patton
01-21-2012, 11:33 AM
I'll be in the desert before and after Weekend 1 and would be down to meet up for something when Coachella isn't going on.

I like all the suggestions. Tahquitz Falls hike http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.3474957.0217/flat,550x550,075,f.jpg

Oh. I like the sounds of this. How early is early though? Like are we talking start hiking at 5:00am kinda thing? Or "early" as in around 10:00am should be fine?

flowbee
01-23-2012, 08:33 AM
Oh. I like the sounds of this. How early is early though? Like are we talking start hiking at 5:00am kinda thing? Or "early" as in around 10:00am should be fine?

They don't allow people in before 7:30AM. People just say to hike early because they're worried about the heat and you have a better chance of spotting wildlife like Bighorn sheep. April is the perfect time to go because of the snowmelt feeding the falls and things are in bloom. That particular trail is only a 2 mile loop.

menikmati
01-23-2012, 08:40 AM
The Palm Desert Zoo and Desert Garden is pretty bad-ass. I recommend it.

TomAz
01-23-2012, 08:42 AM
Pappy & Harriets is a Honkey Tonk bar which is both a regular hangout spot for locals and a novelty tourist attraction. Apparently they have the best Steak and Ribs around and lots and lots of tequila. Honestly, thats really all I need to know about this place. Im sold. Its about an hour drive from Indio.

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LetThereBeLight
01-23-2012, 08:52 AM
The Palm Desert Zoo and Desert Garden is pretty bad-ass. I recommend it.

Are you talking about the Living Desert? If so then I will second the recommendation. You can feed the giraffes if you go at the right time, which is my favorite thing to do there. Also, there are hiking trails in the back that you can take when they open and then go see the animals afterward. Love that place.

LetThereBeLight
01-23-2012, 08:56 AM
http://www.livingdesert.org/thingstodo_map.html

More info on the Living Desert. If you click on the Trails and Wildlife tab it will tell you about the different trails and such.

faxman75
01-23-2012, 12:08 PM
I watched you tubes on Integratron on Friday night. Several in fact. I'm going to have to go at some point. I would love to explore Joshua Tree do hiking too but after camping a weekend at Coachella probably won't be ideal for me.

rage patton
02-06-2012, 07:06 PM
So, first off, I would like some restaurant recomendations in either Palm Springs or Indio. Any kind really, just something that is good, but relatively affordable.

Second, I am thinking of doing this Thursday morning...


Tahquitz Falls hike http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.3474957.0217/flat,550x550,075,f.jpg


Anyone want to join me?

And then doing one of these (leaning towards the dinosaurs) on Monday, after the fest.


Cabazon Dinosaurs

http://www.cabazondinosaurs.com/

http://www.retroland.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/cabazon_650x300_a01_110126_.jpg

Palm Springs Aeiral Tram

http://www.pstramway.com/


http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/40332/img_1809_the_cable_car.jpg

Anyone care to join in on either of these?

Also, Becky really wants to visit this...


The World Famous Crochet Museum (http://www.sharielf.com/museum.html).

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3633/3388855102_8bb1e47b65_z.jpg

So I am sure we are going to fit it in one of the days we are there.

Also, I was planning on booking the INTEGRATRON pretty soon. I don't want it to book up on us. Anyone who wants in on it, should contact Courtney or I sometime soon.

CuervoPH
02-06-2012, 08:02 PM
We may be interested in Dinos or Crochet museum on Monday. Or rather I'd be interested in Dinos and my Coach buddy would be interested in Crochet museum.

rage patton
02-08-2012, 09:19 PM
I want more people to post in this thread. Especially Tom. I want more of Tom's insight into Palm Springs/ Indio.

JustSteve
02-08-2012, 09:31 PM
What day are you planning for the integratron? I could use some of those healing vibes.

Mugwog
02-08-2012, 09:33 PM
Also, I was planning on booking the INTEGRATRON pretty soon. I don't want it to book up on us. Anyone who wants in on it, should contact Courtney or I sometime soon.
Book ASAP - it can book up very fast

rage patton
02-08-2012, 09:39 PM
What day are you planning for the integratron? I could use some of those healing vibes.

Check your PM box Steve!


Book ASAP - it can book up very fast

That is what I was afraid of. I definitely want to book it soon.

Courtney
02-08-2012, 10:57 PM
Yessss Steve I hope you come.

Josh, sorry I suck that I didn't respond to your message. I am worried that I might not be able to do this because I am already taking so much time off with all my grad school visits and interviews. But if you want to book and include me in your numbers, I'll be happy to chip in the $25 or whatever even if I end up not being able to come.

sonofhal
02-08-2012, 11:46 PM
Josh - What day is Integratron? Me and Niall may well be up for that. Also, how dare you go hiking before we get there?

rage patton
02-09-2012, 06:10 AM
Yessss Steve I hope you come.

Josh, sorry I suck that I didn't respond to your message. I am worried that I might not be able to do this because I am already taking so much time off with all my grad school visits and interviews. But if you want to book and include me in your numbers, I'll be happy to chip in the $25 or whatever even if I end up not being able to come.

Oh really!? That sucks Courtney. Let me know when you can. I will see if I can finalize a count this week, if we have enough, you may not need to chip in anything if you don't go. Hope you can make it!


Josh - What day is Integratron? Me and Niall may well be up for that. Also, how dare you go hiking before we get there?

We are doing it the Tuesday after the fest. I thought you guys said you were staying til Wednesday or something, so I already included you two in my head haha. And if you want to do the hike, we could do that Tuesday morning. I know on Monday morning everyone will be dead to the world.

sonofhal
02-09-2012, 08:19 AM
Up for the hike. All sounds like fun.

flowbee
02-09-2012, 12:57 PM
I'm down for the hike and some other side diversion if it's Thursday (the 12th) or on the Monday or Tuesday between weekends.

As for food, there's so many choices between Indio and Palm springs I don't know where to start. So many things tailored to different tastes.

One of my favorites is Pinnochio b/c the drinks are dirt cheap and the food is good for the price. http://www.pinocchiops.com/

rage patton
02-09-2012, 09:34 PM
Looks like we are doing the hike Tuesday morning. Thanks for the suggestion! And you are more than welcome to join.

And I love cheap drinks and good food. I will definitely look into Pinnochio's for one of the nights we are there.

algunz
02-09-2012, 09:44 PM
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/1abb3596.jpg

This place has probably already been mentioned in here, but Salvation Mountain is about 45 minutes from Indio. Mr. Knight just passed away. It will be interesting to see how well the place gets preserved.


Also, for those of you driving east on the 10 . . . Just before Date Palm not far beyond the windmills there is a billboard for a woman named Jackie Houston. She just passed away in September. My mother in law was once married to her brother. She looks like Tammy Faye and was a local Palm Springs "celebrity." it's bright pink and creepy. Enjoy. I hope it's still there in April.

weeklymix
02-10-2012, 12:51 AM
MOAR PEOPLE.

rage patton
02-10-2012, 06:00 AM
I had heard about Salvation Mountain before, but thank you for bringing it up in this thread. I did not know he had passed away though, that is sad. I hope there are some people who keep up the maintenance on the mountain. Is that 45 minutes east of Indio, towards Joshua Tree, or North, towards Yucca Valley?

And I agree with Zack. Moar plz.

algunz
02-10-2012, 07:45 AM
It's in Niland which I guess is south of the 10.

flowbee
02-10-2012, 01:19 PM
Vintage video of the hike, back in the golden years.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkRT6p2Luqk

bottomfeeder
02-10-2012, 03:01 PM
I usually check out the Coachella Valley Preserve when I arrive, if it's not too hot out...

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV048-1.jpg
This oasis is located right on the San Andreas fault and is fed by an aquifer resulting from the fault. Despite all the palm trees you see around So Cal, this is our only native palm, California fan palm Washingtonia filifera

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV118.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV062-1.jpg
the desert wash habitat is home to many reptiles, like this sidewinder we almost stepped on

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV066-1.jpg
barrel cactus

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV057-1.jpg
horned lizard

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV115.jpg
food for horned lizard

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV074-1.jpg
beavertail cactus

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV088.jpg
western side-blotched lizard

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV042-2.jpg
ocotillo

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV053-1.jpg

Theijuiel
02-10-2012, 04:05 PM
http://www.soundoverdose.com/?cat=17

"Life continues to work on his artwork and is currently working on the Shady Lane Mural, which is the largest graffiti art project ever to be created in the U.S.. Stretching 1000 ft. the Shady Lane Mural will feature the skills of many other desert graffiti artist and artist from the state. Created to show the history of the hispanic culture through out North America, the mural will chronologically show the major historic periods dealing with the Hispanic culture (i.e. the Aztec and Spanard conquest, Mexico Independence, the farm workers movement with Ceaser Chavez, and many more) ."

rage patton
02-10-2012, 07:07 PM
Yes! This is the kind of stuff I am talking about! Thanks guys!

sonofhal
02-11-2012, 02:09 PM
Just watched the No Reservations set in the Coachella valley. I expect a heart attack after sampling all that meat (cue "That's what she said!").

TomAz
02-23-2012, 03:51 AM
Frank Sinatra! Frederick Loewe! Sono Bono! All dead!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Memorial_Park

rage patton
03-13-2012, 10:19 AM
So I want to book the Integratron this week. Who is in? Let me know ASAP.

Lynn163
03-13-2012, 02:47 PM
"Before I go further, I will admit I got this idea, and the next one, from the Anthony Bourdain episode of No Reservations where Josh Homme serves as his guide."

After watching this episode my husband and I did the entire tour last January. What an amazing experience!

zircona1
03-16-2012, 10:24 AM
I am flying into Ontario early Thursday morning. I will be renting a car. Needless to say, I will have quite a bit of time to kill (I'm staying in Palm Springs).

My question: Would it be a good idea to drive to LA and spend some time there? How far is the drive from Ontario? Is traffic pretty bad at times?

captncrzy
03-16-2012, 12:09 PM
So I want to book the Integratron this week. Who is in? Let me know ASAP.

We're in

Cheddar's Cousin
03-19-2012, 07:32 AM
It's in Niland which I guess is south of the 10.

Yeah...you take hwy 111 there and turn left on Main St in Niland.

mchaela
03-21-2012, 04:49 AM
So I want to book the Integratron this week. Who is in? Let me know ASAP.

i too am looking for some pre & post activities inspiration. Integraton looks ace.
satying in vegas prechella and no plans as yet postchella.

thestripe
04-02-2012, 07:27 AM
Booked us an Integratron appoinment for the 19th. Should be a great way to start the weekend.

Courtney
04-02-2012, 08:04 AM
Booked us an Integratron appoinment for the 19th. Should be a great way to start the weekend.

Nice! How big of a group are you doing it with, and do you plan to do anything else while you're in the high desert?

TomAz
04-02-2012, 08:07 AM
It just dawned on me again that I need to figure something out for thursday afternoon. Last year I went to Joshua Tree and paid homage to Gram, which was a really cool way to start my Coachella weekend. So I may do that again. Seems particularly relevant this year since First Aid Kit are playing.

PC57z-oDPLs&ob

Last year I entered JTNP at the southern entrance (the one just off I-10) which is actually pretty remote from the visitors center and stuff. As I drove through the park I played GP and Grievous Angel in my car as I made my way it to the cremation site. Then I sort of walked around and stared and tried to tune in that night in 1974. I tried to picture Gram dragging Keith out here and getting high in the middle of the night and staring at the stars. After a while I had to go to the bathroom so I left.

Cheddar's Cousin
04-02-2012, 08:33 AM
Let me know if you want some company.

thestripe
04-02-2012, 08:43 AM
Nice! How big of a group are you doing it with, and do you plan to do anything else while you're in the high desert?

7 of us. We had to settle with the pop-up group because the private appointment times were all booked. But it's not a big deal to us, should be fun meeting new people. We don't have anything else planned. We are going straight from the Integratron to Car Camping.

TomAz
04-02-2012, 08:44 AM
Let me know if you want some company.

It would be fun to get a group of board members who would be interested in this sort of thing to meet up. Not sure how it works logistically given the damned size of the place (and that I am coming from the east) (and am not sure what time I'll get there).

Courtney
04-02-2012, 11:54 AM
Tom I'll hang out with you in Joshua Tree on Thursday afternoon. We're going to do the Integratron on Thursday morning, so I'll already be in the area too.

HotHamWater
04-02-2012, 12:01 PM
Tom, do you want to go to Integratron with us?

Courtney
04-02-2012, 12:03 PM
I think he doesn't get in that early. But he should. TOM GET TO LANDERS AT 10:30 AND DO IT WITH US.

rage patton
04-02-2012, 12:06 PM
I just want to state how excited I am for the Integratron.

Also, if I don't get tickets to see Refused on the 12th, I would be interested in visiting Joshua Tree too.

weeklymix
04-02-2012, 12:11 PM
SO PUMPED

TomAz
04-02-2012, 12:15 PM
Tom, do you want to go to Integratron with us?

I don't think i can get there that early
We should find a spot to meet early afternoon and then go do Gramfest.

Cheddar's Cousin
04-02-2012, 12:18 PM
I'm less than 45 minutes from the West gate. A quick heads up to me at troysbro@yahoo.com and I can meet you at the gate or any of the landmarks in the park.

sonofhal
04-02-2012, 01:11 PM
I'll be around Thu afternoon. May come and find you guys, depending on what time we get there.

Courtney
04-02-2012, 01:11 PM
YES DO IT DO IT.

TomAz
04-02-2012, 01:15 PM
TWENTY THOUSAND ROADS I WENT DOWN, DOWN, DOWN

captncrzy
04-02-2012, 01:40 PM
My Thursday is shaping up to be:

Whining about being up early --> chocolate chip pancakes --> sound bath --> threatening sharpie carriers with stabbing if they mark on my face if I fall asleep during the sound bath --> nappy time --> picking up John and Tiff from Target --> pool --> dinner --> beer/house party.

Gribbz
04-02-2012, 01:45 PM
I don't think I could ever do something like this before Coachella. My mind would just be elsewhere.

After is a different story.

HotHamWater
04-02-2012, 01:45 PM
My Thursday is shaping up to be:

Whining about being up early --> chocolate chip pancakes --> sound bath --> threatening sharpie carriers with stabbing if they mark on my face if I fall asleep during the sound bath --> nappy time --> picking up John and Tiff from Target --> pool --> dinner --> beer/house party.

That looks a lot like my day, only I'll be having banana pancakes and carrying a sharpie.

weeklymix
04-02-2012, 01:48 PM
My day is Tommy's only with more Four Loko and less things to make me vomit aforementioned Loko.

Courtney
04-02-2012, 02:23 PM
I'm very excited about the prospect of seeing you all. I'm also very excited about weekly not vomiting.

captncrzy
04-02-2012, 02:53 PM
Fat chance. Zack vomiting = everyone else breathing

rage patton
04-02-2012, 04:06 PM
Zack always vomits EVERYWHERE.

Riggins33
04-02-2012, 05:23 PM
I saw some other people referenced the Living Desert, That place is really cool. My parents are members there so I get in free anytime I come to the desert. There's a bunch of animals Cheetahs, Jaguar's, mountain lions, leopards, Giraffes, Big horn sheep, etc. It's also a botanical garden too so just walking around is fun. Highly recommend this place http://livingdesert.org/
5695

weeklymix
04-03-2012, 02:23 AM
Fat chance. Zack vomiting = everyone else breathing


Zack always vomits EVERYWHERE.

Stop this slander. I know I didn't vomit because I'm an alcoholic. The good kind, though.

lehorne
04-03-2012, 07:26 AM
the Living Desert


People are http://blog.nj.com/ledgerletters/2009/06/large_fawn-deer-nj.jpg-ing all over it on Yelp. There is a $3 off coupon online for the cheapos like myself. Looks like a desert version of the Big Bear one, which I enjoyed alot.

Indian Canyons is great (bring a bathing suit). Want to check out Ladder Canyon: http://www.in-the-desert.com/laddercanyon.html

TomAz
04-03-2012, 09:40 AM
We should find a spot to meet early afternoon and then go do Gramfest.

Yeah so if anyone wants to meet me and go visit the shrine PM me and I'll figure out logistics.

MoSetsfire
04-03-2012, 09:53 AM
For anyone driving East on 40 (or if you wanna make the drive) after chella we have 2 car spots open at our grand canyon camping spot. Let me know if you'd like to partake.

hawkingvsreeve
04-03-2012, 12:00 PM
I am trying to convince my group to check out Galleta Meadows (http://www.galletameadows.com/) after the festival.

Crazy cool metal sculpture art. It's about 90 minutes south of Indio in Borrego Springs.

http://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/wp-content/uploads/IMG_4460.jpg

ShyGuy75
04-03-2012, 12:05 PM
braaaannnndddooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

getting excited

Courtney
04-03-2012, 01:07 PM
I am trying to convince my group to check out Galleta Meadows (http://www.galletameadows.com/) after the festival.

Crazy cool metal sculpture art. It's about 90 minutes south of Indio in Borrego Springs.

http://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/wp-content/uploads/IMG_4460.jpg

B that rules.

hawkingvsreeve
04-03-2012, 01:27 PM
The artist that makes all of them did a lecture here at the museum a couple month ago and I really want to go check them out now. Or at least get a picture with the serpent.

rage patton
04-03-2012, 04:02 PM
If you can't find anyone to go with... My group may be interested. Provided Zack isn't dead or puking everywhere.

weeklymix
04-04-2012, 03:19 AM
If you can't find anyone to go with... My group may be interested. Provided Zack isn't dead or puking everywhere.

NO.

rage patton
04-04-2012, 06:36 AM
NO.

Oh dear. You weren't supposed to read that... <3.

captncrzy
04-04-2012, 06:50 AM
"Oh dear".


OH DEAR, EVERYBODY!

hawkingvsreeve
04-04-2012, 09:25 AM
I want a picture with Zack's serpent.

captncrzy
04-04-2012, 10:09 AM
It's really a three-step process:

Feed Zack Four Loko
Feed Zack a red apple
Zack drops trou

hawkingvsreeve
04-04-2012, 10:11 AM
I have a whole box of OG Lokos. I'm gonna get all kinds of serpent.

caeden
04-04-2012, 02:11 PM
what's happening in here? zack's serpent? where do i sign up?

SepaGroove
04-04-2012, 03:01 PM
I am trying to convince my group to check out Galleta Meadows (http://www.galletameadows.com/) after the festival.

Crazy cool metal sculpture art. It's about 90 minutes south of Indio in Borrego Springs.

http://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/wp-content/uploads/IMG_4460.jpg

The detail on that thing is killer

algunz
04-11-2012, 01:00 PM
That is so cool. I can't wait to see your pics of pre and post desert adventures.

TomAz
04-12-2012, 04:48 PM
so cheddar and courtney and i went to JTNP and i told the story about Gram Parsons and the stolen casket and the botched cremation attempt and the unofficial shrine that has been there for nearly 40 years. And when we got to the spot they'd cleaned all the graffiti up except for one token little sign "Blessed are those who have heard Gram Parsons" or some such. So a little anticlimactic but i dunno it was a beautiful day and a beautiful spot so I felt like it was worth it nonetheless.

Cheddar's Cousin
04-12-2012, 08:58 PM
It surely was.

greghead
04-12-2012, 10:30 PM
so cheddar and courtney and i went to JTNP and i told the story about Gram Parsons and the stolen casket and the botched cremation attempt and the unofficial shrine that has been there for nearly 40 years. And when we got to the spot they'd cleaned all the graffiti up except for one token little sign "Blessed are those who have heard Gram Parsons" or some such. So a little anticlimactic but i dunno it was a beautiful day and a beautiful spot so I felt like it was worth it nonetheless.

Don't worry, Tom, you're not alone. I did a lot of research at Cap Rock and interviewed pilgrims to the Parsons site. Mixed reactions, people always seem to expect a bit more, but it's really a site given significance by the people who go. It's worth noting, however, that the site used to be really, really cool, I can post pictures. The National Parks folks have renewed their anti-Parsons graffitti campaign in recent years and they clean graffitti and debris from the site regularly. I'm interested to see any pics you took.

VigoTheCarpathian
04-13-2012, 12:05 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQrEb9LIb4k

weeklymix
04-15-2012, 01:25 AM
Rick's serpent. Yeah I said it.

rskapcat
04-15-2012, 08:27 AM
Hahaha.

threeve
04-19-2012, 06:43 AM
Drove through Joshua Tree NP on Thursday after chilling by the pool for a bit and hitting up Fisherman's Market for lunch. JT was way cooler than I expected, definitely worth the visit. I wish I'd had an extra day to hang out on Monday but we had to leave at 6 to get back to San Diego for a work committment. Next time . . . .

HowToDisappear
03-31-2013, 01:45 PM
So I'm bumping this thread, because we just spent the weekend soaking in the water in Desert Hot Springs and I wanted to try this out, but could not for the life of me remember what it was called:

The Integratron (http://www.integratron.com/)
http://glad.is/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/integratron.jpg

I couldn't find this thread until AFTER we got back. Ah, well... next time. And it was open this weekend, too. :/