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The Midnight Rider- An Urban Cowboy Retreat

Wool Boater Hat by Sole Society
Kudu Ring by Great Frog London

Sepulveda Glasses by Zenni

Heritage Tambourine bag by MCM Worldwide

Ankle Boots by Sole Society // Top by Forever 21

Cardigan by Obey Clothing

Watch & cuff by Daniel Wellington

'Well, I've got to run to keep from hiding
And I'm bound to keep on riding
And I've got one more silver dollar
But I'm not gonna let them catch me, no
Not gonna let 'em catch the midnight rider'- Allman Brothers Midnight Rider

Call it a perfect escape, Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast hidden away in Nashville, TN is the place to flee!
Nonetheless, when I discovered they had a room aptly named 'The Midnight Rider' after being thoroughly intrigued by their polished Instagram account which emotes wanderlust and all things bohemian, I knew I needed to check it out for myself.
Tucked away in the East end suburbs of Nashville, this Queen-Ann Southwest inspired mansion was one of the few homes not destroyed in the fires of 1916. Upon arrival, guests are served whiskey & water after crossing the vintage threshold and entering the foyer which also serves as a music room equip with a vintage upright piano, drum set, plethora of guitars and banjos and a tambourine for those musically inclined...or not.
Missing from the rooms, and appropriately so, are TV's and most technological accouterments making it a true B&B. However, the best feature in each room are the clawfoot tubs that could easily fit an army of sud-soakers well over 6 foot and located centrally in each room in which patrons can enjoy a Milk & Honey bath provided by the hoteliers....highly recommended!
The cedar Brooklyn style bar area located in the back of the mansion with a built in food truck will be opening this Fall where guests can enjoy live entertainment and confections from top chefs. All amenities provided make it difficult for one to leave and return to normalcy, but alas.

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Get Lost...Really

*Photos by Ryan Alexander 

But really, I mean it. Some of the best moments and most precarious finds are discovered in moments designed with no intent or purpose in mind. My preferred methodology applied to my travels. I have been to the Palm Desert area on multiple occasions, however, this particular venture out to 106 degree territory led me to uninhabited town, met 24 Jesus's on a hilltop, immersed myself in hippie salvation on a mountain, watched TV in a busted recliner in the middle of no where and walked amongst a valley of dead fish whilst inhaling sulfur fumes that would knock out a small army. (also accomplished this in 3 days)
My post apocalyptic experience was filled with many moments of eerie calmness and unavoidable self reflection. Quite frankly, there is not much else to do when you are aimlessly strolling through an abandoned trailer park adjacent to the Salton Sea as it's bursting with death. Mobile homes, vintage F150's, tin basin above ground pools were left uninhabited as though the owners instantaneously vanished in one fell swoop leaving behind a town reminiscent of Walking Dead.
If you so choose to have a similarly odd and eye opening experience, I have politely listed the stops I made along the wayward way below. Enjoy!
1.  Mecca, CA: Jump out of the car and run down the train tracks (CAUTION- train is in operation and it's conductor will wave)
2. Roadside shanty: Located somewhere in between Mecca and Slab City...look for the TV and recliner.
3.Salvation Mountain: A splendid artistic expression inspired by the Sinner's Prayer and executed by the late Leonard Knight with the intent to share his interpretation of love with the world.
4.Pioneer Town: A non governed old Western movie set built in the 1940's located just off Route 62 next to the iconic biker BBQ joint, Pappy & Harriets (also a gem)
5. Desert Christ Park: Located in Yucca Valley, this hillside sculpture garden created by Antone Martin consists of massive stone Jesus's and his disciples. Odd....I know.
6. Salton Sea: Created due to an accidental break in the Colorado River, contains 60% more salt than the Pacific Ocean, hence why its wild life could not sustain and washed to its ever decreasing shores. Salton City, the surrounding township, suffered the same isolation and demise as the wildlife and left behind a deserted town in their wake. 
Lastly, for apropos tunes for the journey, Father John Misty of course!

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