The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WAY COOL!!


I just left visiting the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.  This was the last place Rock & Roll legends Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Richie Valens played before they were tragically killed in a plane crash later that evening of February 2, 1959.  I cannot see anything topping this during the rest of the trip.  Wow!  The ballroom alone was awesome without the story behind it.  I will probably wait until I get home to do up this post the way it deserves.  Okay, I just had to get that out of the way so the excitement will settle down a bit.  Now to my regularly scheduled post for the day.

Blue Earth, Minnesota & Britt, Iowa


Here is one I did not have on my list to see.  I came across it by pure dumb luck.  What a find!
Ho ho ho

Just in case you ever wanted to know what the big feller’s backside looked like.

 
Here are the facts about him.  It was Labor Day and I figured the processing plant would be closed so didn’t go looking for it.  I would be interested in seeing how they got all those peas and kernels of corn into a can without spilling any.
But as lucky as I was with the Jolly Green Giant my luck ran out with the National Hobo Museum in Britt Iowa.  They were closed for the season and wouldn’t re-open until they caught a boxcar back to Britt next May.  My first big disappointment of this odyssey.

I had prewritten this post up before seeing the Surf Ballroom.  Hell, I've forgotten all about that "big disappointment" after this morning.



 

12 comments:

  1. Have you seen the big statues of Paul Bunyan and his big MALE blue ox? VERY male, I can tell you that much. This is in Kamalath, Ca I think... could be OR but its in a place called Kamalath!

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  2. OMG! I love that Jolly Green Giant. A few years ago when my husband, dog and I were camping out that way, we made sure we got a chance to see it in person. Those are the kinds of things that make America great, in my opinion.

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  3. I love that old marquee at the Hobo Museum!

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  4. I can't wait to hear about the Surf Ballroom. Meanwhile, that's one giant giant.

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  5. I can't wait to hear about the Surf Ballroom. Meanwhile, that's one giant giant.

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  6. Great now I am craving peas! Love that last shot.

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  7. The backside of the Jolly Green Giant is too funny! And really looking forward to the Surf Ballroom.

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  8. Scrolling through your photos and stories from your travels. What fun and interesting reading. You are having some great adventures and seeing such awesome places and things. I am so glad that you are sharing them with the Blog World!
    I think the Jolly Green Giant could use another row or two of leaves.
    I look forward to your post about the Ballroom!

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  9. This is simply the next best thing to being there! I could feel your disappointment in the Hobo Museum, and your excitement at the Ballroom... I hate it when we travel somewhere expecting to see something and they are closed for the season! It has happened 2 years in a row for us in Cherokee, NC. You would think I would remember it by now, wouldn't you?

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  10. Way cool green giant. We stopped to eat in Blue Earth on one of our journeys west. Happy traveling.

    Felicia

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