I have a looooong list (as well as an entire secret Pinterest board) of roadtrips I want to take in the future. I get excited just thinking about them. I mean, some of my favorite memories have happened on road trips, which have resulted in some of my favorite photos I have ever taken (see here, here and here). So when my kindergarten bestie decided to go see our other kindergarten bestie in her show in Phoenix I had one thought: “It’s road trip time y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
This road trip was about 6 hours and literally in the middle of the desert. In June. But I didn’t care! I was so excited to stock up on all the yummies, catch up with my gal pal, and see what the trip had in store for us. Now my biggest tip for road tripping is to do some research. Though I have done many road trips (and probably will take many more) without doing any research, and there really is something magical about just going and not knowing! But at the same time, without a quick google search or two, you might miss some randomly wonderful things!! Y’all I would’ve missed an entire LUFFA FARM if I hadn’t done a wee bit of research and lemme tell you, that would have been a SHAME because that luffa farm was one of the most unique things I’ve ever seen! So when it came to this road trip I knew there had to be some randomly cool things to see in the middle of the desert, right?
Turns out there are few and far between… But it was actually wonderful. For our first stop we pulled not even 300 ft off the freeway to see the world’s biggest dinosaurs. Yep, you read that right. Y’all I know I have passed these creatures more than once because they are not that far out of LA (1 hour and 50 mins to be exact) and I can’t believe this was the first time I saw them. If we had more time (and money), we would’ve done the museum, dig and maze. But even just seeing these giant things and going to the gift shop INSIDE ONE OF THE DINOSAURS was worth the stop.
I’ll definitely be making a trip back to Cabazon CA to see these guys again!
For our next stop we decided to go to a place I saw while I was on another road trip. Last time I drove out towards the Salton Sea I remember driving past this little yellow building seemingly in the middle of nowhere with a plush banana in front. Because we were on a time crunch with the sunset we didn’t have time to stop and I always regretted it. See this is why it’s good to do research! So on this roadtrip I knew we didn’t have time to go to Salvation Mountain (because getting around that dang Salton Sea takes a full hour y’all!!) but I knew we had just enough time to stop at the International Banana Museum. And boy am I glad we did.
This place is right up there with the Luffa farm as being one of the most randomly cool places I’ve ever seen. They are the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the largest collection of a single fruit (didn’t know that was a thing did ya? 😉 ) This family has proudly displayed 12,000 out of their 17,000 (and counting) banana collection in a neat little museum in the middle of nowhere. To be honest, I didn’t know there were even 17,000 banana related items in the world, but there are. And according to the daughter “it’s pretty easy to find banana things when you are looking for them”.
Now it’s not a real road trip if you don’t pull over to the side of the road when you see something beautiful. For this trip it was definitely driving through the gorgeous rocky desert in absolutely the middle of nowhere. We felt like we were in Cars or Thelma & Louise. It was just the classic road trip backdrop! We couldn’t pass it up 🙂 And trust me when I say, pictures can not do it justice!
Also you know you have a road trip buddy for life when she insists on pulling over in the middle of nowhere in 115 degree heat for a photoshoot. Or when she walks into a museum of 12,000 banana items and proclaims “she doesn’t even like bananas!!!!”