Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Teepees and Dinosaurs!

I'm going a little bit out of order here, but I'll hope you forgive me. I'm not ready to post about my Richard Simmons encounter yet. (That sounds kind of dramatic. It mostly has to do with me not feeling like hooking up the scanner!) 
Like I mentioned in my previous post we decided on Tuesday afternoon that we would go to Palm Springs the next day instead of hanging around LA. That might have put us in the position of scrambling for a hotel room, but I knew just where I wanted to stay! I will never pass up a chance to sleep at one of the wig wam motels!
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Why are they always called Wig Wam hotel when they are always teepees? Aren't they CUTE! Travis and I talked about how perfect it would be to make one of these into your lake house.
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We stayed in the one to the right! It ended up being very spacious inside! It was much nicer than the one we stayed in in Cave City on our anniversary road trip.
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I wish there were teepees to stay in everywhere!
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I was good and sent lots of postcards on my trip! I always say I'm going to and take stamps, but sometimes they don't make it in mail until I get back home. I sent some from a post box at Disneyland, and they are supposed to have a Disneyland post mark. We'll see, neither of them have shown up yet!
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On our way out of town we stopped at Viva La Vegan, the biggest totally vegan grocery store anywhere! I was surprised by how big it was! We loved it!
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We bought tons of stuff we haven't seen before to bring home. My favorite thing were those cookies on top. Banana chocolate chip! Yum, I need to try and recreate them!
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I didn't realize until we were on the road to Palm Springs that we were about to pass one of the places I have always wanted to go! The Cabazon dinosaurs that are featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Which has been on of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember. Expect I used to get SO scared when Large Marge was on screen. The stuff of nightmares! photo 10_zps1819cd0e.jpg
This "come on in!!!" is referring to the fact that you are climbing into one of the dinosaurs! There is a pretty crappy gift shop, and their smashed penny machine is broken! But you can get a pre smashed one from them, thank goodness!
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Wow! Look at that guy! So amazing! We didn't spring for the dinosaur exhibit so we didn't get to go up in him, but that's ok.
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It was still super exciting!
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It was also REALLY HOT! We heard on the radio (by that time we had finished our Star Trek audio book) that it was the hottest day of the year!
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Travis was pretty much over it by this point. Haha. But I'm so glad we stopped!


  1. you look like you are having so much fun! dinosaurs and wigwams and tattoos with friends! x

  2. I'm from Palm Springs and yet I have never heard of that hotel!

  3. Looks like y'all had so much fun on your trip! I would love to stay in one of those teepees- too bad the Cave City ones aren't as good. We saw the Cabazon dinos in the dark and it wasn't as much fun- your pics are great!! Palm Springs is amazing. Can't believe we lived in So-Cal for years and never visited there until after we moved away. lol. Also, so jealous you got to go to the Enchanted Tiki Room! Lucky! :)

  4. Visiting those dinosaurs is totally on my bucket list. Pee Wee definitely left an impression on me- ha ha!

  5. My son would love this place. As a kid he was infatuated with dinosaurs. He still has all his figures in his closet....

  6. Isn't it so surreal to be someplace that was such a staple of your childhood!!! I always said that if I went to SF and passed the full house, I may cry. I know that's an extreme reaction but its a strong possibility

  7. I can't believe there are Vegan groceries. You guys are so lucky in America. :)
    That dinosaur place looks so rad with the huge dinosaurs and mountains behind.

  8. This all looks so magical. (Including the vegan supermarket!) Large Marge used to scare the shit out of me, too! One of our chicken's names is Large Marge now. She's not so scary though. lol I want to go to all of these places! I wish my husband and I had time!!!!

  9. I know it sounds corny, but the Cabazon dinosaurs are like a spiritual place for me. Between PWBA (the most important movie of my formative years) and the fact that my grandparents took us there (for a short time they lived very close) and the peace I find in such bounty in the desert, it is truly a special place. My instagram profile pic is of me and the brontosaurus. I'm so glad you made it to the dinos and out to Palm Springs!!!

  10. This is what dreams are made of...mine anyway. I hope to stay in one of those one day.

  11. The teepee hotels are so neat, I've never been to one. You guys did so much in such a short amount of time.

  12. those dinosaurs are like 5 minutes from my house. We did the dino museum once and to go iside the T-Rex was worth the admission. It was awesome.


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