Monday, September 22, 2008

Recent Trip Photos

Here are a few pics I snapped on a recent trip to South Dakota and Wyoming. Mt. Rushmore above.

View from the Presidential Trail at the base of the mountain.
Nighttime view and the parade of flags.

The Crazy Horse monument. This mountain carving was started 60 years ago and is located just 30 minutes from Mt. Rushmore. They're currently focusing on the horse's head which they hope to have done in the next 10 years.

I was able to get an up close view of the face which was pretty amazing.

At night they do a laser light show on the mountain.

Devil's Tower in Wyoming, seen in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Wheel Inn Diner- Now and Then

Here are some photos related to my previous post on the Cabazon Dinosaurs. This is the Wheel Inn Restaurant which sits right next to the roadside dinos. The place was once owned by Claude Bell, creator of the Dinosaurs.
In addition to using the Dinosaurs for "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", director Tim Burton and actor Paul Reubens also filmed inside the diner. Here you can see Pee-Wee entering the restaurant and a view of how it looks today. Those pies look yummy!
The place looks pretty much the same, with the exception of some different booths.
Of course I had to eat lunch in the Large Marge memorial booth.
The counter, where Pee-Wee first meets Simone. Hope you enjoyed the pics.