On Sunday, April 27, 2014 James St. Andre and I set out on a trip to Los Angeles to visit my friend Mark Anthony. It is about a 400 mile drive through the desert between Phoenix and L.A. James has only recently gotten his driver’s licesnse, and I told him he could have some treats: driving across the Colorado River, passing through Desert Center, and maybe we would see dinosaurs. We stopped for lunch in Indio and I took over the driving again. In a few minutes James indicated he needed a break, so I looked for the next place to get off the freeway. The exit said Cabazon. I pulled off and headed for:
Burger King, one of our favorite fast food places. I spotted it from the freeway.
I found a place to park We were just across the highway from:
James went inside. I looked around and this is what I found.
By sheer luck I had pulled off the freeway where the dinosaurs hang out. They are not visible from I-10. I remembered them from trips taken long ago when they could be seen from the highway. I had never actually stopped to look at them on any of those earlier excursions. But, James was taking his time so I wandered around, and this is what I saw.
Does this guy look a bit nervous to you?
Yikes, it Tyrannosaurus Rex, and I think he looks happy to see me.
Wait a minute! What kind of brontosaur has an observation platform?
This guy must be domesticated. He also provides shade and a picnic area!
That’s great! Who wouldn’t want to eat their burgers in the shade of a bronto? Sure is a lot of room back here. I wonder if there is anything else . . .
I sneaked past the hungry head and found . . .
This guy was so big, and in an enclosed space, that I couldn’t get all of him into one shot.
Well, I couldn’t abandon James entirely. I headed back to Burger King Land.
We said goodbye to the prehistoric world and jumped back in the car to continue with the adventure. Now that I know how to find the place, I may go back some day just to finish exploring the Land of the Dinosaurs.
If you have ever been up close with a dinosaur, why not leave a comment?