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Kids Need Weird Facts

I wanted to start this page with some weird facts about California road trips that you can share with your kids on your trip to one of the best states around. Rather than the ten or so choice weird facts I was looking for. I found a whole web site of weird California facts with which to impress your children with your bizarre knowledge. Check it out, it's really cool!

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Coachella Valley Preserve

Run, don't walk, to the only place in the world you can see the Coachella Valley Fringe Toed Lizard! Witness the amazing powers of the Pupfish, able to withstand water with temperatures up to 116 degrees! Talk a walk beneath the gigantic palm trees and experience a real, live oasis, not just a mirage.

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Salvation Mountain

I've already written about the inspirational and surreal Salvation Mountain road trip destination. It's a new kind of church. Try it! You'll like it. It's open seven days a week, not just on Sundays. Casual dress. Donations accepted, but not required.

Salton Sea

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Lets work our way north, and I will share with you the bizarre and beautiful Salton Sea, which is the largest lake in California. It's stinky, it's sultry, and it's covered in dead fish. Plus, the sand is totally made up of fish bones. But it's interesting! Plus, I'll tell you about the time my son and I were attacked by flies that filled our entire car and wouldn't get out. It was just like that scene in Amityville horror.

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Joshua Tree

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Next stop will be Joshua Tree National Park Learn about it's bizarre rock formations and full, unpolluted view of the night sky, which makes it perfect for stargazing.

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Kern River

It's been a long, long time since I visited Kern River. I couldn't have been more than twelve years old! I remember being a kid and floating down the river in an inner tube with my friends. I also remember swinging out over it on a rope!

Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park is feast for the eyes and food for the soul. “Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.”

Palm Springs Tram

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While your passing through, don't forget to stop by the Palm Springs Tram and take a ride. If you arrive during the hot summer months, it's good to know that it's thirty degrees cooler at the top of the 5837 foot ride than on the hot desert floor. It's fifteen minutes from warm sand to cool mountain top.

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