Roadtrip 2010, Part Holy

Holy Land USA, Waterbury CT.

Built in the 1950’s, Holy Land USA was a thriving tourist destination throughout the 60’s and 70’s. The life, journeys, and deeds of Jesus were depicted on a trail through an area that had been transformed into a replica of the biblical lands of Israel, Syria, and Jordan.

The attraction closed in the early 80’s, and has since been reopened in Bedford Virginia. You know, in case you’re feeling like you really need a 3-mile long “spiritual journey” in rural Virginia, the holiest of all holy places. As soon as I heard about the one in CT, I knew I had to go experience it.

There’s not much I can say, except that I’m sad we missed the catacombs. I didn’t see that, and forgot to look. Not that I’d have gone in there wearing shorts and flip-flops. Okay, maybe I would have. It’s my photographer’s nature. I’ve been climbing into dark, weird, smelly, and creepy places for years, camera in tow.

It was a good place for our final stop. We had a nice walk, I jogged up a hill, and the ride through Waterbury was enjoyable. If you’re planning to go,

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Roadtrip 2010, Part Hippie

What can I say about Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center? Not much, because he was closed on Memorial Day. We did some looking around outside, though, and there was really a lot to see. I wish we could have gone inside! I’m sure I could have wandered around for hours and still not have seen it all.

This clown silo is between the main store and what appeared to be a creepy old funhouse. Maybe it was a haunted house. Probably a haunted funhouse. Lots of people are afraid of clowns. What’s up with that? Clowns are just people with makeup on. Are they scared of drag queens and pageant contestants too? Clowns aren’t scary.

Hey look! A black guy is playing basketball in there! Maybe he’ll let us in! Oh, wait – that’s a mannequin.

A gorilla with sunglasses! Maybe she’ll let us in! Oh wait – that’s me.

You’ll see no better pictures of me than that one, because I look way too much like Dolly Dimples in photographs. They say the camera adds 20 pounds. I’m pretty sure my camera adds 200. And only to me.

The one on the right just heard what I said about

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Roadtrip 2010, Part Dino

My goal when planning this one-day roadtrip was to find as many stops as I could without increasing our overall drive time by much. I picked 4 places, which all combined would make our trip entirely different than the way up to Mass. was, but added only 15 minutes in the car.

What sort of kooky things are there between Boston and Philadelphia? Wells Dino Haven, for one. This place is impressive. What one man was able to create on a hill beside his house is nothing short of amazing. He started with wood, then learned to weld and moved on to metal. It is wonderful to explore, and very gracious of him to allow strangers to romp around on his property.

What you’ve seen so far can all be viewed before even entering the gate into Dino Haven. Now let me take you inside.

This guy is the first to greet you as you walk in.

I love the colors on this one.

I almost missed this little guy, he was a bit camouflaged.

There was no way to miss this family, perched on the hill. I love the blue!

Lunch time.

She likes it in the sun.

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Roadtrip 2010, Part 2

Monday May 31, 2010. Memorial Day. We departed our hotel around 8am. Our first stop was in Salem Massachusetts, to see the Bewitched statue.

Doesn’t she look just like Elizabeth Montgomery?

By 9, I was suffering from severe caffeine deficiency and requested a stop at a Dunkin’ Donuts. In New England, there seems to be a DD off of every highway exit. We stopped for gas, then continued down the road towards the coffee. When we found it, we turned the corner to park behind the store. When we turned down the street, I saw a huge mob of people. The parking lot was full, so we ducked into the lot across the street to turn around. As we did that, two police cars blocked the road that we had just come in from. The mob of people? A parade.

We drove in a huge circle, and ended up just parking and walking half a mile for our coffee. Which was fine. We got to see the parade, though I forgot to take pictures. The town was Reading, Massachusetts. Our “quick stop” for coffee and gas took about an hour, but it was a fun detour.

Next stop, Dino Haven

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Roadtrip 2010, Part 1

For the holiday, my friend CG and I took a trip to Massachusetts for our friend Brian’s wedding. I forgot to take my camera to the actual wedding, of course, but here is a photo from their website that accurately portrays the ceremony:

It was a wonderful, beautiful, sweet, and funny ceremony. Not intentionally funny, but funny in the way that reality sometimes is. The bride fumbled her words, and said “breast” rather than “best.” The minister muttered under her breath thing like, “Oh, this wind!” and “Okay, hang on a sec guys, bear with me, okay, we’re good,” entirely unaware that the microphone was picking it all up. The smallest of the three flower girls dropped all of her petals in a pile, and proceeded to pick through them choosing her favorites and placing them back in the basket. And in a witty moment of intentional humor, they called their ring bearer “Lord of the Rings,” which I thought was simply adorable. The weather was perfect, the setting idyllic, and the vows were moving. I’m sure Becky and Brian will be happy together for a long time, and their wedding was every bit as unique and wonderful as they

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