A quick down to Ocean City with Deb and Nate netted me three Big Things. It was lousy weather in Cherry Hill but sunny and warm “down the shore.”
Ocean City Sightings
Spotted these Big Donuts hanging around the Dancing Donut Shop on 56th Street, east of College Ave in SoBro (South of Broad Ripple.)
The Dancing Donut
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.
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.
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.
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.
Santa Monica Ice Cream
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.
State Fair Pineapple
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!
Fair Oaks Dairy
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.)
Pierogi Fest Lemon
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!
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.
Nashville Ice Cream
The 4th of July parade in Carmel would not be complete without a float from Bub’s Burgers, or in this case Bub’s Cafe serving breakfast and lunch. They’ve had a Big Burger in the past and now a Big Plate of Pancakes.
Spring Break this year found us traveling to Philadelphia to catch up with family as well as seeing 7 month old Nate. We thought about dropping down to DC to see the Cherry Blossoms but with the unseasonable cold weather they were delayed. We decided to visit Harper’s Ferry instead. We found a nice Bed and Breakfast and spent time visiting the National Historic Park. On the way home we went up to Hagerstown to grab this big coke bottle on the roof of a Coke distributorship. I have two other images from this trip, both located in the Big Objects section.
Will that be Original or Extra Crispy? Nothing like a good bucket from the Colonel. It’s kind of amazing seeing these advertising signs at ground level. This bucket is at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. We visited during a Fall Break jaunt. There were other Big Signs out in front of the entrance. Looks like a good place to visit if you are in to neon.
Matt and Erin’s wedding reception was at the American Visionary Art Museum. In the courtyard outside the entrance was this “Artsy Egg” which we spotted on the way into the museum. After a night of food and dance the celebration ended and I posed with this fancy egg.
I really like strawberries. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberry jam, the list goes on. We spotted this at a roadside farm market on the way to Baltimore from our time in Ocean City. The strawberry here was once a tilt-a-whirl car, transported to this roadside location, not the best looking Big Thing, but Big none-the-less.
On Saturday morning we were driving from Ocean City to Baltimore and spotted this Big Donut. Making a quick turn back we just had to get this this donut. It was hard to find a parking spot by this small bakery. It must be a family tradition to stop in and get a treat on the way back to Baltimore or DC. I’ve been off donuts for a while but maybe this would have been a place to get a good Boston Cream.
When we were in Ocean City, Maryland for a week of R&R before Matt and Erin’s wedding in Baltimore, we checked out the boardwalk. In one of the guide magazines this booth was rated the top Lemon Shakeup stand in Ocean City, and also cited these Big Lemons. What a treat to get this and also the Big Pretzel. Note the amused gal in the background. she probably has seen most everything on the boardwalk in her time.
Tony’s Pizza is on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. This is not a small boardwalk pizza place, more of a pizza palace. I didn’t have time to take in a slice but I felt it would have pretty good. It was early and I made my way up to the deck on the second floor for this image. I would like any feedback on Tony’s Pizza if you have been here.
A trip to, or, in our case through Cincinatti, would not be complete without a stop at Jungle Jim’s International Market. It is a superstore unlike any other. With 1 1/2 acres of produce, 75,000 international grocery products and cigars from 70 countries, there is much to discover. At least that is what their web site says. These veggies were outside by the entrance from the back parking lot.
Jungle Jim’s Veggies