A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


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.



TexWisGirl said...

love the jgg! :)

Furry Bottoms said...

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!

barbara l. hale said...

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.

RedPat said...

I love that old marquee at the Hobo Museum!

Sharon M said...

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

Sharon M said...

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

Randy said...

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

Spare Parts and Pics said...

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

Lighthousegal said...

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!

Linda said...

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?