Thursday, July 31, 2008

Back From a Soul Trip

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 4:54 PM

blog2.JPGI'm so glad we decided to take a road trip this past week for our summer vacation. It was good for our souls, and made us happy to drive back into Tucson.

Our trip took us through Palm Springs (stopping at Hadley's for a banana-date shake of course), then LA. (Anyone seen a movie at the Arclight Hollywood at the Cinerama Dome? Mr. Grimm should have seen Mamma Mia! there.) Finally, we headed to San Diego (beaches and Comic-Con). What I like about road trips most is we spend most of the week laughing. It's the best gift I think we give each other every holiday.

Considering there are two more weeks before the TUSD school-year begins, if you have kids (and even if you don't) go west. Here are a couple of experiences for you to consider before taking a drive westward.

Do not stop at the little motel in Tonopah, Arizona, even if it is Friday at 1 a.m., and you've worked all day. It's the only motel. Keep driving to Quartzsite. The proprietor has about three kittens on the property that ran up to us as we unpacked the car and headed into our hot room. The next day, we discovered that one of the kittens spent the night in our car. I grabbed the kitten and showed everyone the stow-away. The proprietor ran out of his office and yelled that we did not tell him we had pets. See, there's a sign in his office that says he will charge you $25 if you do not tell him you have pets. As we told him the kitten was his, he ran back to his office. We looked at our account: He charged us $25.

Remember the huge dinosaur statues off the interstate between Palm Springs and LA in Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure? They are still there, and now open to the public, along with a group of other small dino statutes at what's billed as a dino museum. We have a 7-year-old dino nut, and it's one of those roadside attractions you are required to stop at when on a road trip (it's before Hadley's, so prepare to stop again for shakes). We went in not really paying attention to signs at the entrance, but when we saw a statue of a crusader fighting a T-Rex, it seemed odd. Then the statutes of the lion lying with a lamb made a few messianic alarm bells go off.

Above is a picture of one of the signs kinda asking us to consider ... intelligent design. My son didn't care.

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