After breakfast with our niece Erica we headed into Grand Rapids to grab some Big Things images and have lunch at Founders Brewery. The first item on our agenda was this Big Loch Ness monster at the John Ball Zoological Garden on West Fulton Street.
Grand Rapids Nessie
On our way to Saugatuck for our Fall Break trip, purchase physician we stopped by the Sherman Dairy Bar in South Haven to grab this image of Blue Moo and Baby Moo located on top of the business. We had a big breakfast in Kokomo a couple hours earlier or I might have dropped in for a strawberry cone.
Blue Moo and Baby Blue
Gosh, there are so many of these Big Chickens scattered around the country I don’t know why there is not a web site dedicated to them. There’s several sites for Muffler Men, none for chickens. Maybe someone will create a Big Chicken Site.
Rise-N-Shine Cafe Chicken
I got this tip from Dan Mitchell who knows the Indianapolis area as well as anyone I know. It’s on East 65th street just west of Binford Blvd. in front of the Collegiate Housing Services office. I don’t know if the pencil was formed from a unused telephone pole or how it came to be there.
Dan’s Big Pencil
On the way home from St. Louis the Chief Photographer spotted some small signs on the roadside promoting the “World Largest Chimes.” Well, there was no way to pass this up. We exited at Casey, IL to see the Wind Chimes and to see additional signs for the “World Largest Golf Tee.” Another find. We found the wind chimes, the first of many Big Things in this town.
Caesy IL Wind Chime
Right across from the “World’s Largest Chimes,” we found this Rocking Chair. Now in the past I’ve seen some Big Chairs, this one may be the very largest.
Casey IL Chair
This Big Golf Tee at the Casey Country Club is another find in Casey, Illinois. I don’t know when I ran into this many Big Things in a single town. With a population of 2,716 and 8 Big Things, this is probably the most Big Thing concentrated place in the United States.
Casey Country Club Golf Tee
There seems to be no end to Big Things in Casey, case Illinois. I wonder what it is like to live in this town. People stopping in all day long to see all the Big Things. Someone has a vision to attract visitors.
Casey IL Pitchfork
At the 100% corner in downtown Casey, shop sale IL there is this Big Corn. We ran into another couple that visited the various Casey Big Things right before us. They were from Ohio and were on their way west to see the sights. They were on the road with no predetermined return date. Free and Easy.
Right near the Wind Chimes and Rocking Chair in downtown Casey, IL is this Big Pencil. This is much bigger (33 feet) than the Big Pencil that I received from Andy. See below.
Big PenciL, Casey IL
Sunday afternoon and the store was closed but the Big Knitting Needles and Big Crochet Hook were on display in the store window of The Yarn Store. I prefer not to take photos through a window since I like to get inside and try to get the backstory. One time I got a photo of a giant popcorn ball behind glass in Sac City, Iowa (see Food and Drink Archives: July, 2011) but there was signage about the object.
Our last stop leaving Casey was to visit a Big Thing as a work in progress. We were told about this Big Mailbox, knowing it was not complete. It will end up a block away from the Big Pencil, near downtown. The mailbox is missing the door and mail indicator flag. It may also get painted. There was no one around at the fabrication site since it was late Sunday afternoon.
After brunch in Tower Grove Park we couldn’t pass up the chance to shop at Gringo Jones, 4468 Shaw Blvd in St. Louis. If you are in the area this is a very interesting shop to visit. The place is crammed with items. Antiques in the basement, cement lawn statues, and much, much more. This chicken was on the curb out front.
Gringo Jones Chicken
Here is a butterfly we spotted on the way to Sunday brunch at Café Madeleine in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. A great park with a number of gazebos to rent for your party. The brunch was wonderful. Afterward we stopped at the Brightside garden at 4646 Shenandoah Ave. to get this photo. A nice pocket park sponsored by the Missouri DNR.
St. Louis Butterfly
Here’s a Bird Dog report on another Big Thing. This Big Apple is on the first tee at Apple Mountain Golf Course in Freeland, Michigan.
Apple Mountain Apple
Found this Big Flip Flop at the Savvy store on State Street in Santa Barbara while looking for some lightweight shoes. Nice surprise, and I did purchase some shoes too!
Santa Barbara Flip Flop