Monday, August 29, 2011

I'm back!

No, no, I didn't go undercover for the FBI, I wasn't swept up in a storm, my cats didn't kill and eat me (though sometimes they do look at me like I would be a tasty treat...)   The Badgers took a week long road trip out east!  Did I forget to mention that I'd be gone a week?  With limited internet access?  Sorry about that.

I'll cut to the chase and say it was a 1730 mile, 7 day, 3 hotel room, 3 days at the beach, 3 aliens, 2 little boys and 1 SUV extravaganza.  Lots and lots of fun.  Tiring.  I have lots of pictures.  I'll share.

We started by driving through Pennsylvania.  And while traversing the Keystone state, we just had to stop in Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, home to that little weather predicting varment, Phil.

 This is Fire Dept Phil.  I was amazed that they put a groundhog on EVERYTHING.  The bank, the newspaper, the high school, the fire dept.  Phil was everywhere.
 The boys in front of one of the many painted fiberglass Phantastic Phils around town.  Each organization or business in town was invited to decorate a Phil for advertising purposes.  Some were really funny and cute.
 This is Phil's actual burrow.  The boys are sitting right next to Phil.  He's out on display 24/7 in all his groundhog glory.  There are actually two groundhogs in the burrow, so Phil's not lonely or anything.
 LG was very excited to introduce his groundhog, Charlie, to Phil.  (That's Phil on the other side of the glass.  The brown blob of sleeping marmot.)  Yes, LG has a stuffed groundhog.  What?  Doesn't everyone?
 I could not figure out for the life of me why there was a Scottish bagpiping Phil in a random back parking lot.  Someone suggested that it was because the music store used to be in the building behind him.  There wasn't even a sign to say who sponsored him, but he was rather cute!
The Barclay's Bank Phil, on the village green.  I thought about asking if we could tour town and take a picture of all 40 Phils, but it was pouring, and we were only 3 hours into our trip.

As you can see, we enjoyed the heck out of our short stint out of the car in Punxatawney.  Tomorrow I'll have the Crayola Factory for you, I hope.  Y'all come back now, ya hear?


Sprite's Keeper said...

I'd say you got your fill of Phil... What?

Sprite's Keeper said...

Ha! You're linked!

VandyJ said...

Love it when those mandatory--for mom and dad's sanity--stops just happen to be in someplace interesting.

blueviolet said...

What a fun adventure! No wonder you enjoyed it so much!

gretchen said...

Of course you HAD to visit Phil if LG has a stuffed groundhog friend! I love that he brought him along so he could introduce them!

The Crazy Coxes said...

How fun! I love a good road trip! I had no idea that there wee so many Phils. They take it pretty seriously there. Glad you are back!

RedWriter said...

You know... just finding out that Pux. Phil is real has made my day, year even. I love it! You look like you had so much fun. :) xx

Jan said...

Since moving to NE Ohio, I have NO love for that weather-predicting rodent. But I'm tolerating him for this post because he gave you an excuse to post pics of LG and little o.

It's a good way to mollify me. :)

CaJoh said...

I'm sure a lot of people are thinking that the town doesn't look at all like the one in the movie. Of course, I know better because I used to live 15 minutes away from the town they filmed the movie Groundhog Day.

Great Spin!

Pseudo said...

Ah, I miss a road trip.