If you’re seeking a new travel experience, All Good Expeditions should top your wish list. The GrindTV staff had heard rumors of the trips before, so when we were invited to the brand’s most recent rock climbing journey in Joshua Tree, we didn’t hesitate to join the party.
Our group arrived in the dry, dusty Joshua Tree desert after four hours on the road, and we got our first glimpse of the lodgings that would be our home for the next few days.
It wasn’t quite what we expected … it was better.
Our group of 10 had all convened at the Balsa Ranch, just outside of the Joshua Tree National Park for what was, for many of us, our first All Good Expedition.
The property featured a mid-century modern home, horseshoes, campfires, friendly faces and cold beers. It was a home-away-from-home.
Over the next three days, we ventured into rocks that seemed to cascade from the earth from an unknown quarry, pushing past the boundaries of sand and sky just for us to explore their craggy recesses. We climbed, hiked and explored all day long.
We took part in a sound bath at the Integratron (something that you certainly have to experience for yourself). Then we visited the stone home of George Van Tassel, a man allegedly visited by extraterrestrial beings and creator of the Integratron.
We gathered nightly around the pinprick of light that we called our campfire — there’s nothing like an empty sky and desert to make you realize how small you really are.
The All Good Expeditions are for the young at heart, the adventure seekers, those looking for a challenge, and looking for something different. All you have to do is sign up.
“It’s not always the bigger moments that change your life — it’s often the little moments that inspire you and change you. We started the expeditions because our community spoke to us, and we saw it was a need,” one of the founders of the concept, and lead designer for All Good, Hannah Vernasco told GrindTV.
All Good keeps the groups small in an effort to foster communication with other members, with your environment and with yourself.
“These trips are open to anyone who wants to come,” continued Vernasco. “They usually attract a like-minded group of people, although our interests may range across the board. With bigger groups, there’s the potential to be watered down, to split off into cliques, so we keep the number of participants around 10 for each trip.”
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