We stopped at the Cabazon Dinosaurs roadside attraction on our way. I always make a point to stop by if I happen to be in the area.
They looked like they could use a new coat of paint.
After a brief stop to visit the dinosaurs, we were back in the car and on our way to our destination.
Our first stop was at the visitor's center which was built in 1965 and formally used as the Tramway gas station. What a cool building!
Below are a few pictures of the San Jacinto peak. We had plans to ride the tramway up but not today.
Our next stop was at the Caliente Tropics hotel which is where we would be staying while in town. The hotel opened in 1964 and is home to many a tiki idols that are scattered throughout the hotel. The hotel was once host to past Tiki Oasis and Tiki Caliente gatherings. We loved the fact that their pool and spa were open late. Late night dips are the best!
After getting checked into our room, and having a nice refreshing dip in the pool, Dave and I got dressed up to have dinner and drinks at the new Tonga Hut located in the downtown area. Unbeknownst to us the restaurant and bar was currently having a soft opening. Below are pictures of our sad faces. Oh well, next time for sure.
Dave crying his eyes out!
We ended up having dinner at Tropicale which, luckily for us, was literally just down the street from the Tonga Hut.
The restaurant was lovely. We enjoyed our dinner out on the back patio. We were however tricked by our server into ordering a "Mai Tai I Wanna Lei Ya". He told us that it served two. It could have easily served four or five!
Dave and I filled our glasses up ten times, between the two of us, and hardly made a dent in the clam shell shaped dish. The presentation and drink itself was delightful.
Our lesson learned for the night was to ask about drink prices as for two thrifty people like us it was way more expensive than we would usually spend on alcohol. I'm too embarrassed to say how much we spent on it, considering we couldn't even finish it.
After dinner we walked through the downtown area making a point to stop by the the huge Marilyn Monroe statue. I was anxious to get back to the hotel room and thought I'd be sure to pose for a picture later but that didn't happen.
Part two and part three to follow soon.
Till' Next Time,