Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Cabazon Dinosaurs

I recently went to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs, just west of Palm Springs off the 10 freeway on Main Street. You may remember them from "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure". This is where Large Marge drops off Pee-Wee. Above you can see a now and then comparison from the film. The "Eat" restaurant, which they actually filmed inside, is still next to the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are named Dinny and Mr. Rex.
The dinosaurs were created by a man named Claude Bell. He started creating Dinny in the mid 1960's at a cost of $250,000. It took 11 years to finish. Dinny has a gift shop in his belly.
Another Pee-Wee comparison.
Mr. Rex was created in the early 1980's.
Pee-Wee and Simone go up to Rex's mouth to watch the sunset. They've since built this fence around the T-Rex which looks completely stupid.
Going up.
A set was used for the interior shots of the mouth.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Queen Mary.....Haunted?

I went to visit the Queen Mary yesterday in Long Beach. The ship is said to be haunted.
I took a self guided tour and when I was down in the boiler room wandering around, this white mist (above) appeared as I was framing a photo. It lasted only a few seconds and then I took a second photo from the same angle. My flash was turned off and there was nothing running down there that would have created smoke.

The pictures above were taken not far from the location known as "shaft alley", where a fireman was crushed to death by the closing water tight door #13 in 1966. Many people report seeing a bearded man roaming this area.
The creepy propeller!!
The first class pool was the eeriest location on the ship. People have reported seeing a women and a young girl around the pool. Sometimes people hear children laughing.
The promenade deck.
Two years ago I was in London visiting the Tower of London when I took these two pictures. They're not shadows.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Weekend Photos

Here are a few photos I took during the 4th of July weekend in San Diego. That's Mission Bay above. The Parrot is from the Catamaran Resort in Pacific Beach. The bottom two pics were taken at Balboa Park.