Tom Sturgis Pretzel Factory

After our trip to York to see a Time 4 Three performance (which Deb gave me as a gift) we took a route home leading through Reading, PA.  In Skillington, near Reading I had researched a Big Pretzel.  It is located in front of the Tom Sturgis Pretzel Factory on Lancaster Pike.  Truly a great pretzel, too bad it was a Sunday and we couldn’t get in the retail store to buy some of these pretzels.

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Tom Sturgis Pretzel Factory

Reading Terminal Market Ice Cream Cone

We drove into Philadelphia during the Democratic Convention, vialis 40mg 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.

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Reading Terminal Market Ice Cream Cone

86th Street Chili’s

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.

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86th Street Chili’s

Homewood Suites Apple

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.

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Homewood Suites Apple

 

McClure’s Apple Haus Apple

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.

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McClure’s Apple Haus Apple

Casey Main Street Corn

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.

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Casey Corn

Corny Photo

Here’s a photo taken as a result of a Bird Dog sighting from “Beanfeed” Marrs.  We had a little time on a Saturday morning and took a ride up to the Wilson Farm Market in Arcadia.  This Big Ear of corn was on a trailor parked behind the market waiting for corn season to begin.

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Corny Photo

Jersey Shore Taffy

Well the Hejl Family spent 3 nights at an Ocean City, NJ shore house following Christmas.  Right on the ocean, a great getaway for all.  Good meals, lots of games, great time together.  On Monday when we stopped on the boardwalk to get some Johnson Carmel Corn and walk a while.  Most stores were closed except for Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy at 9th and the Boardwalk.  We passed on the taffy but did pick up some fudge and I did get my photo with Mr. Taffy.

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Shriver’s Taffy

A Blizzard in Pennsylvania

We were crossing Pennsylvania going from Pittsburgh to State College to spend the night before getting to Nancy and Tony’s cabin the next day.  Along the way, I’m not quite sure where it was, maybe along US-22 the Chief Photographer spotted this Big Blizzard.  A quick turn around and we grabbed this image.

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Pennsylvania Blizzard

Santa Monica Ice Cream

I’ve visited Santa Monica, CA over the years and seen it change from a campy artistic, interesting area to what it is now, another area of upscale shops just like the shops at the Fashion Square Mall a mile away from my home.  How disappointing, but expected.  Before a great dinner with Julia and Dan at The Lobster on Ocean Ave. & The Pier we walked over to the 3rd street mall.  While there I spotted this ice cream cone and had to get a photo.

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Santa Monica Ice Cream

Indiana State Fair Pineapple

I’ve lived in Indianapolis for just over 11 years, driven by the State Fair Grounds countless times, been there for other events like the Home Show in January and the Beer Fest, but never attended the State Fair in August. You have to realize that everyone here goes to the State Fair, some more than once each year. Well this year it was my turn and I chose to go with a Fair Veteran, my friend Jerry. First stop was the Dairy Barn to get a high fat content ice cream shake. There is a lot to see: animals, demonstrations, old time village, farm equipment. What I liked best was a very large photography display. What great talent! This big pineapple was there to draw attention to a specialty drinks booth.

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State Fair Pineapple

Fair Oaks Dairy

Any trip to the Chicago area is not complete without a stop on the way home at Fair Oaks Dairy. Offering a wide variety of cheese as well delicious ice cream, all made from milk that contains no hormones or antibiotics. Located at exit 220 on I-65 in Fair Oaks, Indiana it’s a great place to stop and grab a cone or milk shake. If you have children this is the place for you. This Big Milk Bottle doubles as a pseudo climbing wall. Go, you will like it!

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Fair Oaks Dairy

Pierogi Fest Lemon

When we were at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana not only did I get images of Mr. Pierogi and Mr. Halupk as seen just below. I also got this big lemon at the lemon shake up stand next to the stands where we watched the Pierogi Fest parade. I’ve never seen a parade like this, you have to see it to really experience it. If you are in the Chicago during the last full weekend July go to Whiting. These people like to party! The pierogi theme is carried throughout the Fest, including pierogi shaped dog food treats (we bought 4 for Bobber, Sophie and Leo.)

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Pierogi Fest Lemon

Mr. Pierogi and Mr. Halupk

Well, how do I begin. I was looking to find a source for good Eastern European pierogis on line when I ran across the Pieorgi Fest in Whiting, Indiana. After looking at the site I thought it looked like a lot of fun. Little did I know, what a big party if was for a small town. Three days of celebrating Eastern European heritage with an emphasis on Poland. You have to experience it for yourself, we watched the “International Polka Parade” and can say I’ve never watched a parade like this, you have to see for yourself. We also particiated in the Mr. Pierogi sing along on Saturday. What fun. Wished we lived closer!

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Mr. Halupk

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Mr. Pierogi

Nashville Ice Cream

We finished our Log Cabin getaway with some browsing in the shops in Nashville, IN. This cone is not the first I’ve had my photo taken with in Nashville. However the last one was in December and the weather was much chillier than it was on this day.

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Nashville Ice Cream