Photo Preview: Wanderful! Pacific Coast Highway to the Beaches of 30A

Hi wanderful friends,

So this week I'm spending some time decompressing out in the magic of the Rocky Mountains for a few days... it's a quick little respite before the whirlwind of my book launch gets fully underway. 

If you haven't yet pre-ordered you've got a few more days to do so!

I've started to schedule my first round book events and as soon as things are finalized I'll give you all the details. I can tell you this so far: if you'll be in New York City I'll be speaking on September 19th and New Orleans friends, save the date for an event at Martine Chaisson Gallery on September 16th! Yay! 

In the meantime, here's a little photo preview and a couple of outtakes from the first two road trips featured: The Pacific Coast Highway and a jaunt from Miami to the beaches of 30A.

Enjoy!

The PCH

Miami to 30A

photo credits: (1, 2, 3, 7) Allister Ann, (4, 5, 6) David Donelson & Amanda Bjorn, (8, 9) Hunter Holder, (10) Hello Miss Lovely c/o Kaylyn Weir

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

A Technicolor Adventure: Salvation Mountain

As I spent last year trekking across America documenting travel, style & culture stories for my second book Wanderful, The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style, I often returned to the beaches of the Pacific Coast Highway, artistic hideaways in the Mojave & Sonoran deserts, and the California canyons.

Salvation Mountain Style

Traveling the cerulean blue surf breaks, experience the flora of the canyons & the wildly energetic art havens tucked way out in the desert gives me a soul connection I've only experienced in one other place (a few summers ago on a 4 month summer adventure in the Southern Coast of Spain - and that feeling reignites for me in SoCal).

Today I'm taking over the instagram page of Passport by Forbes - the journey begins on the Santa Barbara boardwalk and ends here, in Salvation Mountain. I trekked solo for 3 days, and ended this adventure with friends - celebrating the birthday party of a dear old friend from New Orleans.

Read more about traveling solo here - and come back over the next few weeks for photo tours of each destination I stopped in along the way. 

Airstream Dreams
Salvation Mountain Yay!
Salvation Mountain Dreaming

The rainbow-hued Salvation Mountain, built with adobe clay and painted with a half a million gallons of donated paint, is a favorite destination for aspiring artists and wandering off-grid types too.

I arrived into Joshua Tree for a night of birthday fun (i.e. a bit too much pink wine and lots of story telling as the sun fell over the monumental rock formations all around). The next morning I took the wheel of my friend's jeep, 4 friends (new and old) piled in, and we hit the road to Salvation Mountain. A few hours later.... south of Palm Spring, east of the resort ghost towns of the Salton Sea and through Slab City (a desolate RV filled village home to snowbirds and serious off-gridders) the five story high man-made structure was in view.

Take time to travel up the hand-painted yellow brick road to reach the summit and then explore the ingenious labyrinth of Technicolor caves below.

Salvation Mountain Summit
Salvation Mountain Road Trip

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

The photos of me were taken by my new artist friend Danielle Hein

My swimwuit, the Claudia by Solid and Striped was provided by The Suit Truck a swimwear boutique run out of a 1958 Chevy Apache. Follow along on their IG to find out where they'll be next. 

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

3 Tips for a Successful Solo Adventure

After spending most of 2016 on a series of cross country road trips I knew it wouldn't take long before I hopped a plane, train or automobile to get back out there. I live for adventures that involve the great outdoors and while I truly wasn't intending to spend much of this summer traveling (I have a book release to prepare for! Ahhhh!) it was inevitable, I suppose, that the bug would bite at some point and I'd have to get out there.

Instagram Adventure in Topanga Canyon

One of the things that really occurred to me on last year's road trips was the meditative feelings that are often induced while solo traveling. I'm finding that more and more I'm making last minute plans to go out traveling alone. I'm not getting all Into The Wild on you guys, but honestly, it's a whole lot easier to plan when it's just you and the world. There's not too much coordination required and double honestly: I kind of like traveling alone even more so when I'm intending to document the experience ... the creativity arises differently when it's just me, the camera, and the sights and sounds of nature.

Desert Road Trip to Joshua Tree

A few weeks ago I decided to take one of these trips. I was already planning a visit to Los Angeles to see Ben play a few shows, and then in the meantime, a friend called and would be hosting a birthday party in Joshua Tree, so, well there in the middle of LA and Joshua Tree I'd have 3 days for solo trekking.

I rented a car, studied up on a route and with a plan of a day drive along the PCH followed by a day of canyon hiking and then a day of desert wandering I was ready to go. 

Vintage Desert Book

I've gotten pretty good at knowing what to pack and how to prepare (and I've shared a lot of that with you here), however, it's a bit different when going at it alone.

It's so incredibly important to take stock of your intended journey to best prepare and to create a plan in case of an emergency too. Here’s how to get started. 

1. Pack Maps & Guides, Charge Up and Inform Your Friends of Your Plans

It doesn't matter how experienced you are, out in the wild it's easy to get turned around. GPS and phone service is often non-existent so a paper map can be your best friend. Battery power can drain quickly (especially if you're using your phone GPS) so having a back up source is necessary too.

In regards to routes: there's all sorts of trail tracking websites that you can get recommendations from others that have gone before you. That's good to get some perspective on the landscapes (and the creatures) you'll be meeting along the way. Example: on this particular trip, while hiking Topanga Canyon I came face to face with a coyote for the first time... hi Wiley, don't take me out please. His presence was ominous however, I knew from what I'd read he likely wasn't very interested in me. And while you might be in the mood to go all Thoreau-rogue (and I highly recommend you do!) it's important that someone knows where to find you if you don't report in. A bee sting or a slip & fall might be nothing at home, but out in nature those things can make easy trekking difficult fast. 

Packing for a solo adventure

2. Protect Yourself, You Delicate Flower!

Conditions can change fast and you'll be glad you've got extra gear if the rain kicks up or the temperature drops at night. 

Here's a few things you should never travel without:

  • water, and lots of it (the recommendation is a gallon per day per person, however I always go with a bit more than that...) you never know when you'll need it to clean up with too, and if for some reason you stay out longer than planned extra water is the #1 necessity
  • extra cotton T-shirts and lots of layers (if you're hiking distances you'll sweat and you'll want cotton to wick away the moisture)
  • rain gear, and potentially mosquito repelling clothing or sprays (rain + heat is a mosquitos favorite condition!)
  • a sun hat, to keep yourself face protected, but also to keep critters from getting in your hair (yep, that's real) 
  • plenty of sunscreen, SPF-rated lip balm and sunglasses with UV protection
Before I took off on this particular trip I partnered up with Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen with the goal of sharing my tips to safely and successfully enjoy a solo adventure. Originally created in Australia, where sunscreen standards are the strictest in the world. Blue Lizard® is now made locally - right down the road in Johnson City, Tenn!
Topanga Canyon Instagram

3. Let the Creative Muse Flow

Okay, so now that we've talked about the practical things that will keep you healthy, and well alive...here's a few ways to invite in creativity while traveling alone. I (and so many others before me) find that time out in nature alone lends to brilliant creative moments. I always pack my cameras, extra polaroid film for quick moments, a journal and a favorite read. I'll bring some sort of mystical study materials, maybe a constellation map or the birth charts of my 3 closest friends... (when I get home I'll tell them all about the things I've learned about them!). 

And if I'm being super real... I pack a pretty vintage dress and take a few photos documenting me... in my element. Why not?! You'll always have the memories, of course, however, the photos make for lasting keepsakes too (and who doesn't want that instagram moment?). 


I'll be back again soon with more details on that solo journey. If you haven't yet been to Joshua Tree, it's my second trip this year and I'm kind of obsessed... Salvation Mountain and Santa Barbara were on this route too. More to come and thanks for following along my wanderful babes!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBias

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Wanderful Living: Best of 2016 | Part 2 Marfa, TX to Whitefish, MT

When you fall in love there's that feeling... you know it... the butterflies, shortness of breath, cold sweats - as I type this I'm thinking that's also how it feels when you're coming down with a stomach bug, I know ... but then once all of that subsides there's this constant elation that occurs on that fall into love. 

That's how early Summer '16 felt to me. The month of May began with another trip with Allister, this time to Santa Fe. And then a few weeks later Ben and I took off for a 3 week trip stretching from the border of Mexico (getting to the border was a journey in itself) ending all the way north in Whitefish, MT at the Canadian border.

So here we are, my "best of" part 2.

May

Best Place for a Gothic Romance

Marfa. TX

Marfa. TX

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Ben and I started that 3 week road trip taking off in a rental SUV from Dallas and about 8 hours landed in Marfa. The enigmatic darkness of the winding road into Marfa is almost strange. If you arrive at night Marfa appears suddenly, a mirage, muted colors rising out of a sea of black.

Best Place to Start Your Own Personal Walkabout

TErlingua, Texas | Big Bend National Park

TErlingua, Texas | Big Bend National Park

My first true desert road trip truly came alive here. It's a drive that stretches on and on. We listened to old country love songs and the sound of the silent Chihuahuan Desert along mile after mile of mountainous formations. Not sure what you'll find in Terlingua, TX? Watch the opening scene of the 80's film Paris, Texas and you'll get it. This trip also resulted in my recommendations on how to make it out of the desert terrain alive.

Best Place to Find Your Artsy Side on the Open Road

Sante Fe, NM

Sante Fe, NM

MAdrid, NM

MAdrid, NM

Bisbee, AZ

Bisbee, AZ

Santa Fe and Bisbee each exude a quirky arts colony vibe and Madrid is equally adorable and just a short drive from SF. There’s a beatnik bohemian energy brimming. Each location has a historic main street filled with inns, galleries, restaurants and shops that are perfect for connecting to your own inner artist.

June

Best Place for a National Park Adventure

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

White Sands, NM

White Sands, NM

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

The winner of this one?! America. Like all of it. Yellowstone was our 6th National Park, and in reality, I couldn't pick just one. We started at Big Bend, planned for White Sands and then after that we were bitten. We made it all the way to Yellowstone by way of the Grand Canyon and Zion within two weeks and finish the trek on week three arriving in Glacier National Park. Buy the yearly pass and do it you guys.


Ben and I ended the month in Montana with friends. Allister joined us again there for another photoshoot and, well you'll have to wait to see those amazing photos when my book comes out this fall.

I'll be back again this weekend with July - September 'best of's' starting with a trip up the Eastern seaboard with my lovely friend Keiko. Hope you guys are enjoying this series and getting some good travel ideas!

xoxo!
Andi