Our drive back from Arizona was not as smooth as our drive there. All I will say is that someone had us seeing a LOT of rest stops. We made nine stops on the way home. Nine. I kind of lost my mind after the sixth. We did have a nice two-hour stretch where we made no stops, thanks to this:

car sleeping

Normally car naps are the devil, but this was the exception.

There was one stop that we had pre-planned. I’ve driven past the Cabazon Dinosaurs (the Pee Wee Dinosaurs!) dozens of times in my life, but I’ve never stopped. I told Mike that this was the time I finally wanted to pull over the car. Annie isn’t the rabid dinosaur fan she once was, but I thought she might think it was cool. The timing worked out perfectly, as Annie woke up from the aforementioned nap just as we arrived at the dinosaurs.

They are humongous. Or, as Annie said, “I can’t believe how big they are!”

"it's THIS TALL!"

There are a few different things to see there, but we just focused on the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Apatosaurus. Annie kept running back and forth between the two.

running to the next dinosaur

running more

running back to the dino

We told her the dinosaurs were actual size…I have no idea if that’s true or not, but it sounded good.

Annie and Mike are by the tail
I like the historically accurate Burger King in the background.

My favorite part was after Mike did this:

it's got him!

Annie wanted to do it, too:



This kid of mine is a crack up.

After she ran between the two dinos 187,000 times in fifteen minutes, it was time to get back in the car and finish our drive home. Annie was sad to leave the dinosaurs. “Mama, what if they go away again?” It took us a few minutes, but we think she meant become extinct again. We promised her that wouldn’t happen before we made it back to visit.