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Take a Road Trip With High Desert Bloggers

Happy bloggers from across the valley met at Molly Brown’s Country Café near Helendale for  a terrific breakfast on Saturday. It was the first stop on our vintage-themed road trip. We know that bloggers tend to stay at home blogging but once in a while we just gotta get out and meet the others who we may have blogged with in the past.

 

High Desert Blogging friends meet at Molly Brown's Country Cafe

High Desert Blogging friends meet at Molly Brown’s Country Cafe

“What a great idea,” said Beverley, who was one of the bloggers arriving from San Bernardino. She was curious to learn more about the High Desert and getting out with her new blogging friends was just the thing she was looking for. “This way I also get to see some new areas that I never would have tried on my own.”

Main gate to the Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66

Main gate to the Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66

She joined Patty and Josef, Natalie and Joan, and Angie Horn, our High Desert Blogging creator and me, Rusty. Our road trips are a new feature that the HighDesertBlogging.com bloggers are enjoying for 2014. Sharing some creative ideas plus doing a bit of adventuring helps to develop more blogging focus. The exercise is good, too.

After breakfast we caravanned down the road to Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch, an odd feature along Route 66. Elmer’s been crafting iron tree shapes to hang discarded bottles on for more than 15 years.

Elmer greets the Bloggers -- a rare treat

Elmer greets the Bloggers — a rare treat

Each tree is a wonder of color, collectibles, and weathered antiques. Not one word can describe it — entertaining, whimsical, and recycled art — are a few that come to mind. You just have to see it to believe it. The Bottle Tree Ranch has been featured in numerous papers, magazines, and captured on countless video cameras from visitors around the world.

 

 

 

Recycling Wonder at Bottle Tree Ranch

Recycling Wonder at Bottle Tree Ranch

Our bloggers had a rare chance to meet him and ask a few questions. He was recently interviewed by an LA Times reporter. But you’ll read more about Elmer’s Ranch from our other bloggers. Keep checking back.

Since this was a road trip, we had to move on to our next stop at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. The roadside vintage store is outside as much as inside. Her crafty repurposed creations are clever, entertaining, and useful.

 

A nook full of chimes and wind catchers

A nook full of chimes and wind catchers

Patio kitsch, chimes, trunks, and re-imagined furniture cover the outside walkways that twist and turn. Inside, the little shop is “floor to ceiling” with Americana, handcrafted items, dolls, glassware, and ornamentals. It takes more than one visit to really “see” it. Enchanted Treasures has been featured on High Desert Blogging before but it’s a shop that changes with the seasons. Worth a stop.

Glass menagerie line shelves in a nook trailer at Linda Marie's

Glass menagerie line shelves in a nook trailer at Linda Marie’s

 

Our last vintage stop was the old-timer — Antique Station. It’s been an active antique store for many years. The old warehouse, L-shaped, building houses dozens of consignment nooks with different themes and collected items from various decades. A casual walk through time turns into extended hours of recalling historical events, childhood memories, and wishing that you had more money to spend. They do offer lay-away in some cases.

Our road trip came to an end but not our shopping time. Several of us stayed on to roam the entire building, others scouted the outside porches, while a few made their way home. We are now recharged with many blogging posting stories to share with you.

As we gain more guest bloggers and regulars on the site, the plan is to bring more benefits to bloggers. “We’ve updated some of the benefits for our group,” Angie noted. “Soon we’ll have memberships and discounts on services that bloggers and businesses will find in common.” Advertisers can extend their exposure to attract more customers and bloggers will be linking to other blogs through linking and marketing strategies.

Stay tuned for more road trips and inspiring stories to help your blogging become more creative and valuable to a wider readership.

Rusty LaGrange

Breakfast & Vintage Hunting on Route 66 – a Southern California Bloggers Day Trip

Enjoying a high desert sunrise

Get up with the sunrise and enjoy nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Desert bloggers who enjoy vintage hunting,

blogging about fascinating finds, and eating breakfast

will not want to miss Breakfast & Vintage Hunting on

Route 66.

Enjoy a get-away-from-the-computer morning event planned by http://meetup.com/high-desert-bloggers.
Event schedule:

  • Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Begin at 8:45 am at Molly Brown’s Country Cafe, 24949 National Trails Hwy, Helendale, CA
  • Visit nearby Bottle Tree Ranch
  • Visit nearby Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures
  • End at 12:00 Noon at Antique Station
Route 66 Bottle Tree Ranch

Get inspired for blogging a the Bottle Tree Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Shopping at Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures

Find a vintage treasure at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve heard those stories from people who live close to famous places but never visit them? If you live close enough to Southern California’s Mojave high desert area and haven’t been to the places mentioned above, now is your chance to check them out.

Visiting Southern California from Afar?

Off-the-beaten-path and Route 66 sites are often interesting to travelers. Shopping at locally owned venues, markets, and businesses adds to the excitement of travel and adventure. Meet these friendly shop and arts and craft owners. You’ll go back home with one-of-a-kind artsy and vintage finds with unique stories to tell your friends.

Get Out and Do Something

What does getting away from the computer have to do with breakfast and vintage hunting? Ever sit too long and get a blood clot? Or stare at your computer with blog-block? You know, like writers block. You know you need to blog but can’t think of a thing to blog about. That’s when you know you need to get out and do something. Enjoy nature. Meet new people face to face. Interview them. Learn how they began their arts and crafts business. Find out what inspires them to operate a vintage business, a restaurant, a bottle tree ranch.

A couple of family members dear to me got blood clots. One passed away. One is still living and doing great. My experience has taught me that sitting immobile for too long without moving around, exercising, enjoying the outdoors, etc. is bad for my legs. Furthermore, my dear ones’ blood clot issues encouraged me to include more breaks away from blogging. I want to share opportunities with other bloggers to enjoy activities that they can also blog about. In fact, since the beginning of 2014 fellow boggers and I have been planning events to inspire bloggers and encourage them to stay active.

Join us for an early breakfast and vintage hunting on the famous Route 66 for the Southern California day trip scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014. Bloggers and traveling guests who are not from this high desert region can also enjoy the event activities. One of the advantages to arising early for breakfast is enjoying pink, orange, and yellow sunrises like the photo above. Such beauty only last for moments. The beauty can last in our memories, but it does help to keep a camera handy for such occasions. Email me at hdblogging@gmail.com for more information or if you want to join us for breakfast at Molly Brown’s Country Cafe as we begin the morning event.

Enter our February poetry contest for a chance to win a prize during this sweetheart month of celebrations.

Visit Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound blog today for more inspiration! 

Los Angeles to Las Vegas – Vintage Shopping on Route 66

Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

Schedule half of a day to do some vintage shopping on Route 66 the next time you take a trip from LA to Las Vegas. After you go through the Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga area on the I-15 North, look for the Kenwood exit just after the 15 and 215 merges. Turn left at the stop sign, go under the 15, and take the old Route 66. One side of the road is not used for the main traffic. Notice the Route 66 signs on the pavement (makes fun photos for a trip). Continue driving on the Kenwood route until you get back on the 15 North toward Las Vegas. When you reach Victorville, exit on Hwy. 18 toward Oro Grande where there are vintage shops and more to see.

 

 

 

Things to see and do in Oro Grande

  • Shop at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures – a cottage with vintage and antique finds indoors and outdoors. The outdoors is like a mini village. Lovely Linda Marie will welcome you.
  • Shop at Antique Station next to Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. You need an hour or two to browse through this shop of antiques, curios and memorabilia.
  • Cross Eyed Cow Pizza, 19242 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande, CA ( a great pizza place – they even have a special pizza in honor of Ms. Linda Marie next door)
  • Bottle Tree Ranch

Linda Marie's Holiday Cheer Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside Vintage Gifts

Outside Vintage G

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do in Victorville near the 15

  • When you come back toward the 15, if you have time, stop by the Route 66 Museum. It’s a fun place to visit.
  • One more awesome little shop on 7th Street close to the museum is Santa Fe Trading Company with a unique southwest style. It’s definitely worth the visit.

Vintage Repurposing, Upcycling, and Shopping in the High Desert

Vintage shopping is one of the most fun things to do in the High Desert – besides blogging!

What can you find in the High Desert in the middle of summer? HEAT! Summer is not my favorite season. Once the temperature gets to 90 degrees, I’m ready for cooler weather. However, there is another item of heat that I love. BBQ grilling! If I catch a whiff of BBQ grilling in my neighborhood, it makes me want to grill even if it’s just hamburgers or hot dogs. Mmmm, add that BBQ aroma to hamburger, chicken, or steak hot off the grill, and I’m a happy camper.

Speaking of happy campers, check out this vintage grill my husband found recently. Transporting to the camp for your grilling is made easy by the fold-up stand that comes with it. This grill has been taken care of through the years, and it is now available for purchase.

Vintage BBQ Grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage BBQ Grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find this grill and a jillion of the most fun garden and outdoor artsy tools, furniture, gadgets, and the like over at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures vintage shop out in Oro Grande.

Lately, High Desert Greg and I have been repurposing and upcycling vintage finds. It is fun (and work, too). Here are a few of the latest items added to my Etsy shop:

Mail Organizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mail Organizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Pocket Wall Basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What vintage finds have you come across lately? Home and garden are both fun to decorate with vintage finds, especially things you have upcycled like the fun items you find at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. Just take a walk through her backyard shop, and you’ll leave with creative ideas flowing.

Happy vintage finding!

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