July 15, 2020

Pandemic Amusements: Jurassic Car Wash

It wouldn't be the first time that I treated myself to a special car wash at a special place.

But with the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, there aren't a lot of other things to do—at least, in the "outside world." Fortunately, I'm easily amused.

I'd actually tried to visit another location of Green Forest Car Wash—the LA area chain (with the addition of a Vegas location) that offers T-Rex Tuesdays ($2 off all washes)—sometime earlier during the shutdowns, but unbelievably even drive-thru car washes were closed for a time.

Now that they're back open—and my car had developed a crusty outer layer of desert sand, palm tree sap, Jacaranda nectar, and parrot poop—I chose the most entertaining, animatronic purveyor of car washes I could find.

I was greeted by the groan of a horned, frilled dino that shook its head from side to side to either usher me in to the "Jungle Wash"...

... or shoo me away from whatever lie ahead (which, since I paid a little extra, included the "Bubblecano Foam Bath").

I swear I could hear the prehistoric roar of giant beasts as my car chugged through the jungle tunnel in neutral gear, propelled forward my some conveyor belt mechanism under my wheels that approximated a log flume ride or maybe a doom buggy from The Haunted Mansion.

As an extra treat, on my way out there was a tail-wagging creature of extinction whose chomping jaw was just high enough for my head to remain out of reach.

Opened in 2015, the Bell Gardens, CA location was the third Green Forest Car Wash to open (after Hawthorne and Florence)—and honestly I can't imagine why anyone would wash their car anywhere else.

Fortunately, Green Forest lives up to its name by keeping car gunk out of storm drains (which empty into the ocean), using reclaimed water, and installing water- and power-saving systems.

And I can't be the only one who appreciates a prehistoric rainforest light show—especially now, more than ever.

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