Monday, October 3, 2011

Sights I Missed

Those among you who've been following this blog for a while may recall that 2 years ago at this time, Mr. Eva and I were on a cross country sight-seeing tour.  We visited  the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park.  We also took a boat ride from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia, drove through Big Sur, the Redwood Forest, the Pacific Coastline from Seattle to San Francisco, spent 3 days in Las Vegas,  and sampled some great Barbeque in Memphis before finally returning home

We traveled for 33 days and covered 7000 miles.  I blogged about our trip and posted photos everyday.  Those posts are available in my blog's archives, beginning around September 10, 2009, if you missed them and are curious to see some of those sights.

Apparently, however, we missed some big attractions, and I thought I'd share those with you , just in case you're planning a trip and may want to include some of these sights.

1.  The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum.

Barbed Wire (also called 'the devil's rope) played a large part in the history of our country.  I recall that we had barbed wire fences in some areas on our farm growing up;  it was used on ranches in the old wild West; it's used today on the tops of some prison enclosures.  

 But I had no idea there were 2500 different types of barbed wire,

 and that sculptures are made from it.  (I would think that hat would be the source of headaches!  I guess that's not the point; or is it?)  In any case, if like me you feel a great gap in your knowledge of Barbed Wire, you may want to include the Barbed Wire Museum in Sommerville, Kansas or The Devil's Rope Museum in McLean, Texas in your itinerary--that is if you want a really "wired" vacation.

2.  The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia 

Above is just a small sampling of the displays at the museum.   There are Pez Candy dispensers with heads from your favorite cartoon characters of the past, and  your favorite Pixar movie characters from the present.

My guess is your kids would be really sweet on this tour!  And of course there's a store for purchasing your favorites as souvenirs. All this can be found in Burlingame, California.

3.  The Museum of the Weird

This is a place where you can see Bigfoot's footprint (sounds redundant!)  and all manner of unusual displays...some may creep you out; actually, as I understand it, some of the visitors are as creepy as the displays! 

 But it's bound to be fun.  Put it on your list if you're headed anywhere near Austin, Texas.

4.  The Spam Museum
Here's a museum with a little meat to it!  I remember eating Spam as a kid.  My Mother made Spam 'n egg sandwiches, putting canned spam and hard boilded eggs through a meat grinder and adding mustard to the mixture.  She would stir the mustard in, spread this concoction on  a slice of bread, top it off with a second slice of bread.  With a few potato chips and homemade pickles on the side, we're talking a gourmet picnic meal!

The display above is built from thousands of cans of Spam.  You may not be aware of the role this mystery meat (the label says 'pig parts') played in feeding our troops during World War II.  Those who have visited the Museum have found it to be an interesting and fun place.  And when you've finished your tour, if the sample on a toothpick you received inside didn't satisfy your craving, there's a restaurant across the street from the museum that offers a variet of Spam selections.

I wasn't aware that there are different flavors of Spam; Garlic, Turkey, and even a Hot and Spicey.   The free admission attraction is in Austin, Minnesota. 
 Bon appetit!



Kristin - The Goat said...

I have picked up a few books on the fabulous finds around our country. The barbed wire museum is on my list! I can't wait to go on my next road trip - I have never been to MN, ND, SD, MT or ID. It sounds like I would have loved your trip last year!

Sue said...

Those are some crazy sights. Such a shame you didn't catch them!


The Vegetable Assassin said...

I need to get ME a barbed wire stetson. That'd go down great, don't you think? I bet it's really comfy too. And awesome if you have to headbutt an undesirable.

River said...

There's a museum for spam??
Gosh, there seems to be a museum for just about everything!
I've tried spam and didn't like it, Turkey spam is a little better, but I can only eat one slice. I haven't bought it since that first taste.

I like the barbed wire hat, I hope the sculptor wore sturdy gloves while making it.

Gail said...

Those would have been my first choice!!

Brian Miller said...

i amcertainly missing out...the pez museum might be that hat is a beast to wear....ouch...if you are ever in my neck of the woods...we have foam henge...a styrofoam replica of the less famous stone

KSK said...

I would've thought that the Spam museum would've been in Hawaii.... :)

glnroz said...

yep, "Bob Wire" is a big part of Texas. I suppose Spam has its place too, but I would like to see those museums.,,,

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I can't believe I've never been to the Pez museum - clearly, I've never fully lived.

Kristy said...

Pez memorabilia! Ha!

David Allen Waters said...

I remember that trip, amazing it was....and I was so happy to get to tag along via blog world:)

the bard wire cowboy hat is way cool :)

Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud said...

I'm so going to the Spam museum! :)

Thanks for stopping by the other day, SITSta. Hope you have a great week.

Helene said...

I can't believe there's an entire museum dedicated to Spam! You know I've never tried it but the way your mom made those sandwiches sounds delicious!

Eva Gallant said...

Megan: Neither have I!

Kristi: I actually read that the Spam Museum is really interesting and fun!

Glenn: The Devil's Rope is in Texas!

Veg: You'd be dangerous with that Stetson!

Nancy Thompson said...

Hi Eva! I just added my face to your extensive wall of followers. I found you through Al Penwasser, whom I have a bit of a crush on, I must say.

I'm happy to have found another blogger who's closer to my own age. Most of my followers are so young. Kinda makes me feel grandmotherly and, though I'm old enough, I'm not quite there yet.

Your post was very funny. A Barbed Wire Museum? Who knew?

(Come by and pay me a visit sometime!)

Pat said...

These are just the kinds of crazy things that Jim and I stop and see in our travels. We passed the Spam Museum and I really wanted to stop, but we didn't have time. Darn it! I'm always fascinated by barbed wire, too!

She Writes said...

Spam museum? Only in the U.S.!

Reeni said...

I remember your trip and it doesn't seem all that long's a shame you missed out on these funny places! Maybe another road trip?!

Ruth said...

I've been past the Spam Museum but never stopped. I love me some spam and crackers.
There is still barbed wire on some of our fences. 2500 kind-who knew?
Coming by way of Al's blog.

Eva Gallant said...

SheWrites: Crazy, huh?

The Frisky Virgin said...

My dad would LOVE the Pez museum. He introduced me to Pez when I was little. Imagine that would be a fun one.

The barbwire cowboys hat literally made my head hurt.

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: I had a co-worker years ago who collected Pez dispensers. He had quite a few.