Elmira, NY. Maple Lawn Dairy Restaurant. A Big Polar Bear. Do I need to say more? Couldn’t miss this one.
Rooftop Polar Bear
At the Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland on the Coastal Highway at 32nd Street, where it becomes N. Philadelphia Avenue we spotted a Big Pirate and stopped to grab an image. You can see him on the Big People page. While we were getting a shot of the pirate we spotted this Bear Car on a tilt-a-whirl (like the monkey on the image right below) and knew we had gotten one of the rate two-fers. We wandered around this part of the park before realizing they weren’t open for business. We beat a hasty retreat.
Ocean City Bear
Pigeon Forge was loaded with Big Thing opportunities. Case in point was the 3 Bears General Store. A shopping landmark since 1979, the store gives you many opportunities to spend your money. Among them are the Mine Your Own Gemstones, Make UR Own Bear, and the NASCAR store. They really do cover all the bases. I don’t know why you would need to shop anywhere else. If they added a miniature golf course it would be a complete experience. They even have a hot dog stand. See the Food and Drinks page.
Pigeon Forge Bear
This 10 foot tall bear is happily showing off his catch in front of Lewie’s Saloon & Eatery in Lead, South Dakota. Looks like a great place — their slogan is “Good Times, Good Food, Mixed Drinks.” Get here on NASCAR Sunday’s since they have 38 TV’s tuned to catch the race.
Lewie’s Saloon Bear
I don’t know what it is with the car washes in Southwestern Indiana. Maybe they are competing but there are a plethora of Big Things around car washes. Yogi here waves to all the passing motorists enticing them to come on in and leave with a clean car.
Car Wash Bear
We were leaving England and had some time at Heathrow before the flight. (I won’t mention how much time Ben and Annie had due to flight delays) but anyway where else is there a store like Harrods in an airport. It would be like having a Neiman-Marcus at Kennedy Airport. At any rate this shop had cavier, chamapign and many of the finer things in life. I went to the 7-11.
We were in England and left our tour group to go to the Tower of London, search you know where Cromwell spent some time enjoying the hospitality of the Crown. As usual we included a trip to the gift shop and right outside was this Bear Guard. What a surprise! Not quite a Beefeater Guard but I did get him to smile.
Tower of London Guard
There’s a new Cabala Outfitters at Exit 17 on US-23. This is in Dundee, Michigan, a place where I spent some time calling on Dundee TV back in the early 80’s. Hi, Don! At any rate, I almost had to wait in line to get this photo op. Didn’t get a chance to go inside but this place was huge.
On top of finding the Luray Reptile Center on US211, I was lucky enough to find Yogi standing a little further down the road. I wasn’t sure if he properly belongs in the “Animals” section or the “People” section. After all he did have his own TV show, eh Boo Boo?
Luray Yogi Bear