"Though this be madness yet there is method in it."

Death Valley National Park

This Memorial Day weekend was a bit of a turning point for me. I had to come to terms with the fact that I can’t do everything. And one of those things was not being able to attend Lightning in a Bottle, one of my favorite festivals and one that changed my life. It will forever hold a special place in my heart. Once I accepted that fact, I still felt the need to get away. My wanderlust was kicking in. So my twin and picked up and headed towards Death Valley National Park. The drive was not bad at all. Just a bit intimidating since it was the longest of any of the trips we’ve taken. It felt like another turning point. And a very good one. We made it to Death Valley at sunset and it was insanely beautiful. We set up camp and snoozed. Or at least tried to; it was a windy desert night that would’ve felt so refreshing…if it wasn’t for our noisy tent cover! Oh well, it’s in the past and now I have a story to tell. My twin and I started the next day early to beat the desert heat. At 5:30am, the sunrise was just as beautiful as the sunset. We made our way to the mesmerizing Mesquite Flat sand dunes. I can’t even imagine what the dunes look like in the Sahara desert! These were so beautiful and made me wonder about the world even more so than I already do. After the sand dunes, we set off for Badwater Basin but made an unexpected pit stop at the Golden Canyon trail. We didn’t finish it off though since we wanted to make it out before the heat got too crazy. It was supposed to be 102 degrees that day! Even at 7am the sun was feeling. Finally, we made it to the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin. There was a sign perched high on a mountain surrounding the basin that pointed out where the sea level is in comparison to where one is standing. It was such a trip! We were standing 282 feet below sea level. I loved it. Although intimidating, mostly because of the name, Death Valley was a wonderful road trip. California amazes me with beautiful coastlines to insane desert landscapes just 5 hours away. I can’t wait to keep exploring the wonderful lands around me.

SunGod Festival 2014

On Friday, May 16th, I attended UCSD’s SunGod festival thanks to my awesome job. The only way to attend this festival, is if you’re a UCSD student. In previous years, you could also attend if you’re an alumni or a current student brought you along; however, the festival has gotten so out of hand, that is no longer allowed. And so, how did I get to go? You ask. Well, after my morning shift, a perk of working an event like this is that I get to stay and enjoy everything to my liking! I love it. So I got changed and enjoyed every bit of it. Even the overpriced pizza. One artist I was particularly set on watching though was Anna Lunoe. I missed her set at Coachella and I was so bummed! But not this time. She absolutely killed it!!! SunGod was so much fun. Hopefully I get the chance to attend next year as well. Thanking the sun gods for letting me experience this.

                   Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2014

I know it’s a belated post. I think we see a pattern here but hey, at least I get around to them. Now, what’s festival season without attending the festival of all festivals to kickoff festival season? That’s right, it’s that time of the year again and I couldn’t be more excited! It was my first time car camping at this infamous fest and my second year attending.

Day 1:

We arrived Thursday night and I was so nervous about car camping because I heard so many horror stories and bad experiences from friends. Friday mornings weather was absolutely perfect. Overcast and cool. We got ready in no time and made the trek to the festival grounds. The temperature definitely spiked but it was still manageable for Coachella standards. We arrived pretty early since we were eager but there weren’t any artists we wanted to see just yet so we headed to the Yuma Tent. The tent was LIFE. Air-conditioned dance room with some couches to chill on? Yes, please. Friday wasn’t too crazy. Most of the day was spent at the main stage. The artists I write about are the ones pictured above, so, OutKast FTW.

Outfit: bralette was miraculously found in one of the many closets in my house, high-waisted shorts were graciously borrowed from my twin sister, ankle boots-Forever 21, body chain borrowed from my older sis, and the (surprisingly popular) flash tats.

Sets watched: Alf Alpha, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Deorro, Aloe Blacc, Bastille, Shlohmo, Broken Bells, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, Girl Talk, & OutKast.

Day 2: 

The temperature is rising now. Still manageable. I sound like i’m documenting a Survivor episode. Now, music-wise, this day was hectic. So many sets to catch, so many overlaps, so much running, so little time! We took our time getting ready to save energy and made delicious camping food. Once we were set, we legitimately ran into the fest and basically stayed running the whole day; however, most of the day was spent at the Outdoor Theatre. This was my sixth time seeing a Dillon Francis set. Not because I go out of my way to see him, but simply because he’s been on almost every festival lineup in the past year! (that I’ve attended, at least). I’m so happy for his success. It was also a defining moment for me because I had seen him for the first time at Coachella just last year. Just another reason why I love music festivals!!!

Outfit: Dress was a gift to my older sis, necklaces were gifted to me, sandals-Urban Outfitters

Sets watched: Cage the Elephant, Banks, TJR, CHVRCHES, Holy Ghost, GTA, Kid Cudi, Dillon Francis, Capital Cities, MGMT, Lorde, Foster the People, Sleigh Bells, Pharrell Williams, Nas, Muse.

Day 3: 

This was definitely the hottest day out of the three but nothing to complain about. Last year was hotter and honestly, the weather couldn’t have been better for my first (and possibly last?) year car camping. The last day of anything fun is always bittersweet. Getting dolled up for the last time was a bit somber but still, we were relieved to have gotten through the weekend. We got to the festival and it was a pretty chilled out day. Enough of the running around, or craziness. This day was about enjoying the moment and taking in all of what Coachella is. We ended our night at the Do Lab stage and MitiS was throwin’ it down! I love the Do Lab, it’s always a good time. Fest life is the best life. I hope to continue attending festivals and spreading my love for them and love for life and all it brings!! CHEERS.

Outfit: bralette-Brandy Melville, shorts and necklace were borrowed from my twin sis, shoes-Payless, hat borrowed from my older sis.

Sets watched: Flight Facilities, Showtek, Classixx, Rudimental, Zoé, Flosstradamus, Alesso, Little Dragon, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, MitiS.

Palomar Mountain State Park

Palomar Mountain is right in my ‘hood. I live out in (what I don’t consider) the countryside and Palomar isn’t too far behind. I’m not sure if this is why my friends and I didn’t think to prepare ourselves as much as we usually do when we camp, but that’s what happened. We made a pit stop at Lake Henshaw and it was so serene. After that we booked it to Palomar Mountain so we could pitch our tent. It has got to be one of the coldest nights we’ve had camping. We even woke up to some snow! Which wasn’t really but, still. We also spotted the most adorable group of deer. They would wait for each other to cross the street! And we tried to hike as best we could- Bridgette was scared away by the mountain lion warning at the entrance of the park- but we ended up walking just a bit. Doane Valley is beautiful! There’s a pond there as well and my, oh my, it’s the cutest. Before heading out, I read on numerous websites that Palomar Mountain was like a slice of the Sierras in Southern California. Basically, Palomar Mountain ain’t nothin’ to mess with. Nature is nature no matter how near or far to your “‘hood.” We learned our lesson.

Slab City//Salvation Mountain

I cannot believe that up until now I really thought I hadn’t done anything worthy of updating my blog since Tahoe! Surprise, surprise..time for another game of catch up. Be patient with me. I’m more of an avid Instagram user which you are free to go follow me on! angeliquemorales is my username. Anyway, a couple months ago..around the end of January/beginning of February, I want to say, my friends and I got the chance to visit the infamous Slab City as well as Salvation Mountain while making pit stops at the International Banana Museum & the mesmerizing Salton Sea at sunset. I was in awe of the mountain made entirely of slabs with Mr. Leonard Knight’s own two hands. It’s a lot to take in as there was a lot of gawking involved with my visit. This mini road trip turned out perfectly with us traveling on down to the slabs on a Saturday, which is when The Range is in full swing. The Range is a sort of nightclub for the people of Slab City. Outsiders are welcome. There’s live music and lots of dancing! It’s almost like a music festival except this is their way of living and it’s fascinating. For those that have watched Into The Wild, does any of this sound familiar? My friends and I got the chance to spend the night at the slabs (pitching a tent on an actual slab which made it so much cooler). I know that chance isn’t going to get much easier so I’m glad we did it when we did. The greatest of travel vibes on this trip. Now, on to the next!

Lake Tahoe//Snowglobe Music Fest 2013

A couple months ago I ran into a friend at school and I told him about my (reaching) plans to attend the Snowglobe music festival in Lake Tahoe, CA. He goes on to tell me that his family owns a cabin there which leads to my jaw hitting the floor. Who says that so non-chalantly? Also, who doesn’t take full advantage of that?? Anyway, I forget about our conversation and a couple weeks later he texts me to let me know that both he and his brother plan on having people spend a part of their winter break at their cabin! This brought an insane amount of stoke that I literally screamed of joy. Not only was this so cool to be invited to, but it worked out perfectly for Snowglobe! We left on the 28th of December and I got back January 2nd. Lake Tahoe is so beautiful that my images don’t do it any justice. The lake itself is so goes on for days! To see snow was an amazing break from constant sun. Time lost it’s significance and I could no longer tell if noon was early or late. This trip honestly felt like a blissful dream. Snowglobe was left for last. Most of us attended the last day (the 31st) to celebrate the new year. It was perfect! We all split up but it didn’t matter. We all knew we would have a great time no matter what. My friend and I stayed at the main stage, mainly. I saw Dillon Francis for the 4th time, Beats Antique, the one and only Snoop Dogg, and Cut Copy ended the last day of the 3 day festival. Tahoe definitely showed me a good time and it was spent with good people. I can’t wait to continue my travels and attending concerts and music fests. H A P P Y N E W Y E A R! Cheers to life and everything it brings.

HARD Day of the Dead

Yet another rave attended. This time it was back to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on November 2 & 3 for Day of the Dead. The first day was such a scramble because one of my favorite artists had a set time of 3 o’clock and we had just arrived to LA around 2:30. I ended up looking like an idiot with the sad looking makeup I managed to apply. That didn’t matter because I still got to catch Kastle’s set and hear my favorite mix from him. The pictures from above are of Kastle, Skrillex, Baauer b2b RL Grime, and Deadmau5. Raves FTW.

Time to play catch up again..
Let’s go back to Halloween night when I got to meet Two Door Cinema Club and finally see them live after 3 years. Yes. It happened. All thanks to my rad internship at FM 94/9 (which has since ended). I missed their set at Coachella because, who the hell has The xx and TDCC playing at the same time?! So now you know who I chose to see. And so I thought I would never get the chance to see them again. Never say never, I say. Finally, this amazing opportunity came up and their set was absolutely amazing. Maybe it was because they were all dressed up in costume or maybe it was because they’re just so damn awesome. They proved to me that, indeed, “something good can work”. Halloween was pretty cool, I guess.

With a pun intended, there are 5 points I need to cover. Once again I must catch up on the events I have attended. The reason for that pun in the beginning was for the mini festival I attended called 5 Points Gathering. I won’t elaborate on any of these events but, yes, everything was a damn good time and life is still good. After the festival, I got to go to a sold out City & Colour show which was amazing. Fm 94/9 hosted a lunch with Pepper which was fun and the guys were super chill (and HOT). A Paramore concert was in the event calendar and OMG. Hayley Williams’ voice is simply incredible. And most recently, I met the guys from The Neighbourhood! I love my internshiship. Life’s good.

Thanks to my rad internship, I got to see Vampire Weekend and John Mayer (not in the same night). Both concerts were amazing! I was glad to see Vampire Weekend for the second time because I didn’t catch their whole set at Coachella. A downside to festivals I’m sure I’ve mentioned. John Mayer was incredible. It’s not that I didn’t like him before, but he wasn’t an artist I would go out of my way to see. He is absolutely amazing! His voice is beautiful and his music got me hooked. Love!