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.