Our First stop was the Denny's windmill in Arcadia, CA. I grew up a few miles from here.
Very first McDonalds, opened by the McDonalds brothers in 1948. Now a museum, well, not THE official museam...but it has lots of stuff anyway.
Now Juan Pollo owns the property where the McDonalds museum stands.
Here is an example of one the old school McD restaurants....before the big M arches.
Here are the "world's biggest dinosaurs".... inside is a gift shop and upstairs is a museum. You can actually go up and look out of the teeth of this bad boy. Aiden loved these guys.
There is an old turtle that hangs out beside the dinosaurs too.
It didn't take much to get Aiden to smile at the dinosaur park!
Large carved Indian Head in Desert Hot Springs.
Got to Salvation Mountain just before sunset. Aiden is such a little poser....
The "mountain" is a 38 foot hill built up with desert junk and a mixture of adobe clay (from the soil up here) and hay. The paint apparently sticks a lot better, the more the hay he mixes in.
He's been working on this thing for 22 years! He also has a hay bale annex where he has put in a bunch of large tree branches and painted them.
We got a personally guided tour by the artist Leonard Knight, who also gave us a 20 minute video and a puzzle of the mountain. :-)
This sunset reminds me of Saskatchewan.
We followed the "yellow brick road" up to the top.
The white and blue stripes represent a water fall going down the mountain to a body of water beneath.
Yes, Fern was on this trip too... :-)
Seems that the artist lives in his vehicles out here.
Calipatria Inn in Calipatria, CA No heat in our room!
Aiden got a bit drunk on the love out there.