We drove into Philadelphia during the Democratic Convention, it seemed only fair since we were in town during the Republican Convention in 2000. There was lots to do and at lunch time what better than stopping at Reading Terminal Market for lunch. I had to have a cheese steak to celebrate being back. While there we spotted this Big Ice Cream Cone.
Reading Terminal Market Ice Cream Cone
On the way back from the ACE Hardware in Harleysville (see below) Andy and I stopped at Isabelle’s Kitchen to grab this Big Whisk. In truth, Deb spotted this earlier but I didn’t stop for the photo.
Isabelles’s Kitchen Whisk
Andy and I ran to the local ACE Hardware in Harleysville to pick up some items I needed to get the new house in order. Most of them I had but they were packed away. He took this photo of another Green Egg Grill. I captured one previously from the display at the Sullivan Hardware store on Keystone Ave. in Indianapolis.
ACE Hardware Grill
We were running out of time to get this photo. The house was sold, we were finalizing the move and knew about this chili out in front of Chili’s on 86th Street in Indianapolis. Most Chili’s restaurants have this up high over the door. Had to grab this before leaving town.
86th Street Chili’s
Our last Spring Break trip to Philadelphia found us taking Nate to the Garden State Discovery Museum. We’d been here before but did not get this photo of the Big Bug standing over the entrance.
Discovery Museum Bug
We found that with enough time on our trip to Philadelphia we could get to the Homewood Suites in Mechanicsburg. It is a great property, left us only a few hours to Philly and we could eat at the Appalachian Brewing Company brewpub. Great food and a cold malt beverage after a long drive. This Big Apple sits over the dining area at the motel.
Homewood Suites Apple
Our last Home Show in Indianapolis. In the dead days of January it was a break to go, get out of the house and think about improvements we were considering. The Home Show in the past offered Big Thing photo opportunities. 2016 was no different. We got this Big Xfinity Handset.
Indy Home Show Phone
Young Nate knows the Franklin Institute, he showed his favorite places to Deb and me. Along the way we found the Big light switch, Big power outlet and Big heart. A great time.
A Sunday after Christmas at the Philadelphia Zoo with Nate, Ben and Annie. The Chief Photographer grabbed this image in the primate house. This gorilla is made from corrugated cardboard, kind of like industrial papier-mâché.
Philly Zoo Gorilla
Unexpected find close to my sister’s house in Missouri. Over breakfast on Thanksgiving Dave and Dale spoke about a giraffe nearby. Was it larger than life? Would it count? We piled into Bob’s new F-150, 4×4, with a crew cab and went in search. We found it on N. Geyer, a few blocks south of Clayton. It’s across from the Old Des Peres Church, one of the oldest churches west of the Mississippi. Dave and Bob, avid geo-cachers, immediately went back home and created a cache to place under the watchful of Geoffrey. The giraffe is actually sitting in front of a private home.
Des Peres Giraffe
A second visit to Casey, Illinois revealed a few Big Things we missed on the first trip. Here is a Big Wooden Token (nickel) in front of the Casey Statek. There must be a lot of traffic since they had signs at the entrance to the parking lot directing visitors to parking locations to view the token. Actually, it wasn’t such a big deal. Just a sign for the bank.
Casey Bank Token
During our last visit in October we drove right past this yardstick a couple of times. I don’t know how we missed it. Probably since we were looking for the World’s Largest Windchime. Funny how you can miss a Big Thing. By the way, since we visited in September, the Guinness Book sent a representative to Casey to verify their claims to World’s Largest wind chime, rocking chair, pitchfork and maybe some other things.
Here’s the Big Mailbox that we captured on our visit in September. At the time it was still at the metal fabricator. Now it mounted on a post in downtown Casey. The area around the mailbox still needs some landscaping but I’m sure this will happen. I really like this town and their mission. They even have a website www.BigThingsSmallTowns.com for you to visit.
Casey Mailbox Update
Another Bird Dog offering. Here’s Greg, my B-I-L, posing with a Big Golf Ball in Scottsdale. Ironically, I received this image while I was at River Glen on the 14th hole. A short par 3, 154 yards. A 6 iron to the green and 2 putts for a par. A good hole in many ways.
Golf Ball Bird Dog Greg
While we were in Grand Rapids to see our niece Erica we followed up with time to get some Big Things. This Big Trowel was a nice surprise. It was in the Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park. What a great place. This trowel was, like all the sculpture installations, located outside and, in this case, a field of tall grass. This Big Garden Trowel was created by Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen. The Meijer web site states, “Plantoir is the first monumental sculpture created specifically for a garden context. It was sited specifically by the artists.” I liked it a lot.
Claes Oldenburg Trowel
While we were in Grand Rapids visiting with our niece Erica, we stopped at the Meijer’s Gardens and Sculpture Park. A great place. We knew about this Big Horse. Here is what they say about this piece. “A monument to creativity, The American Horse was created by famed animaliere or animal sculptor, Nina Akamu. The work was inspired, in part, by a work created by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci for the Duke of Milan in the late 15th century.”
Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park Horse
The reason for our visit to McClure’s Apple Haus outside Grand Rapids, Michigan was to get this Big Apple previously sighted by my Bird Dog Erica. What a great place to visit, very family friendly. Pick apples, a corn maze, a bounce place, fresh donuts and cider. This would be my go-to place in the fall if I lived in the Grand Rapids area.
McClure’s Apple Haus Apple
We planned to visit McClure’s Apple Haus and get an image of their Big Apple reported by my Bird Dog Erica. We spotted this Big Chair with a Michigan mitten forming the back. After getting this image and the apple we went inside to get some fresh cider and newly baked cinnamon donuts. Only in Fall!
McClure’s Apple Haus Chair