Rocky Road to Hollywood Styln’

From Phoenix, AZ we continued on our quest to explore unique nature so we aimed our tires toward Joshua Tree N.P.  We got there as the sun was setting on the rocky outcrops. We slept in the car because it was cold and we wanted to get a quick start toward L.A.

We pressed on to Hollywood to attend the NAPTE PitchCon Event.  There were so many interesting people there with great TV show ideas.  Producers took time to listen to pitches.  It was intense and an amazing networking opportunity.  The price was reasonable and I plan to attend their next event in Miami this winter.  Being from Florida, I decided to wear a designer original dress from Key West to the cocktail after party.  Hollywood definitely had an effect on me.IMG_1661

I’m not the only one with a strange sense of fashion.  Elle and I window shopped on Santa Monica Boulevard just blocks from Hollywood.  We couldn’t afford these outfits.  They cost thousands just for the shoes.  I didn’t even ask about the other pieces.

Even the wheels are amazing here.

There was a lot of interest in my TV show idea about scuba diving for lionfish but nothing seems solid.   So now the journey continues as we explore California while we wait for the next event. RealScreen West will be similar to the other pitching event but over 3 weeks away.  So Elle and I will live out of our car, camping to save money until I can pitch again.

Next target is the aquarium in Long Beach, then the San Diego Zoo, then up to Yosemite, then…

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Finding Lost Dutchman on the way to Los Angeles

The desert is a dramatic and surprising place.  The sounds of birds, coyotes and insects have their appointed times.  At other moments, the silence is deafening.  Then, out of seemingly nowhere comes the wind.  Swirling across the landscape during the day as a dust devil and then at night, the wind howls as it twirls around the canyons.

Lost Dutchman State Park campsite.

Lost Dutchman State Park campsite outside of Phoenix, AZ

Having left our tent unsecured without staking it down, we came back from our Window hike in Big Bend to find it in the brambles.  Elle felt the shelter was too small anyway. Now that it had small punctures throughout, it was time to shop for a new tent.  So while driving from Big Bend west on I-10 we used our smart phone to look for a camping store.  We found the Bass Pro Shop in Mesa, AZ.

IMG_1636I especially love the cactus, rocks, flowers and animals of the desert.

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Elle mainly likes shopping.

IMG_1637We bought hiking boots, socks, a “camo” hat, lots of jerky and a fabulous tent with a screened in porch.  Having learned our lesson about the strong gusts, we tied down with boulders and the stakes.

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It was a good thing we purchased better foot wear.  The climb to the top of Flat Iron Mountain was very challenging.  The trail is basically straight up the mountain.  It took us 7 hours.  It took lots of water, snacks and effort but the hike was beautiful and the view spectacular.

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The next day we drove up the road past a very cold lake to Tortilla Flats where we heard the food was good.  The little town has been rebuilt after a fire but the original settlement dates back to before 1900.  People still arrive by saddle.

IMG_1642 The chili was amazing!  We like spicy.  Time to replace those 3000 calories we spent on the climb to the top of Flat Iron.

Chili dog = $7.00,

Dollar bills as wall paper = $100,000

Spicing it up with the Spice of my life, Elle = Priceless IMG_1641

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Head West You Girls!

National Parks are an American Treasure!  While researching our route to CA, I’m planning to visit as many National Parks as we can.  Big Bend N.P. in Texas is one of my favorite Lone Star destinations.

Photo from N.P. website and is used in their park map.

On the way to Big Bend, we stopped at the Alamo to pay our respects and saw many other important landmarks we want to share with you here.

We made it to Big Bend.  It was amazing.  We both want to come back and bring friends with us next time.  It’s a place you want to share!

The Chisos Mountain hikes are breath taking, literally.  Didn’t have phone service but the hotel in Chisos Basin has wi-fi.

 

Once we near Tuscon, Arizona, we want to visit Saguaro N.P.   The cactus look like the kind we draw as children because we see them in cartoons.  Gotta see them in real life because the plant is such an animated personality.

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Image from N.P. website and is used in the park map.

Another amazing place we have to stop is Joshua Tree N.P.  Again it’s the flora that is such a fabulous attraction.  Many reference Dr. Suess’ The Lorax quote ” I Speak for the Trees”  because the plants are so odd.

Image from N.P. website and used on their official map.

Image from N.P. website and used on their official map.

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Find a smile and a shark’s tooth in Venice, FL

Before leaving Venice, FL on our cross country trip, Elle and I took friends Owen and Jeffery to the Shark’s Tooth Festival.

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It’s not every day a girl from Texas gets to ride a mechanical shark.  I have ridden a mechanical bull.  The bull was easier on the thighs because it had cow hide.  Click the link to watch KC ride a shark.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp2LcnhTWpg

 

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Venice Coast to Coast Aventure Announcement

Join KC Jones and her daughter Elle on their wild and wonderful adventure tour taking them coast to coast from Venice, Florida to Venice, California. From camping to bicycling and outdoor exploration to their daily journey, you never know what “thrill rides” they may find along the way.

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