Ever since we drove past the Cabazon Dinosaurs on the way home from Salvation Mountain, I’ve been dying to go back and have my photo day with the dinos. And it was sooo worth the wait! First off, I had to figure out what to wear. I’m not gonna lie, I was totally inspired by the Flinstones. What would a modern day Wilma or Betty wear? My guess was leopard accented with gold and a big hat. Although sandals always sound like a good idea when heading out to the desert, I always re-think the logic behind this as I always leave with a sandal full of sand.
It only took us about an hour to get to our destination. It’s not hard to miss the giant dinos popping their heads out of the desert background. When we drove up the littlest second grader in me was overwhelmed with excitement. Immediately I text my family to alert them I was standing where Pee Wee stood. Pee Wee’s Big adventure was kinda a big deal for us growing up, and “I know you are but what am I?” was the answer to settle any argument. Although knowing the background of this classic film kinda had me on my toes. A rather large woman came out of nowhere at one point and I immediately wanted to run for my life screaming “It’s LARGE MARGE!” Fortunately, it was not. I think it was just someone on their break from the local Burger King, but the woman got too close for comfort.
Alas, even walking up to the ticket box is an adventure as you follow the little dino foot steps to the ticket box. Detail and decor that provided the perfect backdrop to show off my favorite Vince sandals. $7 later, and me and my boyfriend’s brother were immersed into a Jurassic Jungle, and given the opportunity to re-inact our favorite dino childhood memories. It’s amazing how I took 3 years of biology and can’t remember a genotype from a phenotype, yet I watched Jurassic Park and the Land Before Times so many times I can proudly identify philosaraptor from a stegosaurus. And when in doubt and I’m not quite sure, every 90’s kid knows any cool dinosaur can simply just be referred to as Reptar. The setting was absolutely magical as well as we walked through the rocky sandy path, and were greeted by statuesque dinosaurs and real life butterflies fluttering in the flowers. Jurassic Park without actually being chased by a T-Rex is actually quite fun.