Biggest Ball of String

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe – so far)

Welcome to the Biggest Ball of String Tour

on September 9, 2012

I’m calling this “the Big Ball of  String Tour” because – well, I like roadside attractions and other gimmicks. My  sister once sent me a postcard from The Big Rock Candy Mountains, and wrote on  the back: “Because you are the Big Ball of String Girl.”

It’s true. I am. Ironically, I  haven’t seen the Biggest Ball of String, or Twine, or Rope – whatever it is that  they claim, BUT I do try to find the quirkiest things to see along the route on  which I’m already travelling. I will detour off the beaten path, if the  attraction can draw me.

Like, for example: We went almost  an hour out of the way, over bumpy roads, following a horse drawn carriage and a  truck carrying hay (mostly because we were lost), just to see the Toy Train Barn  in Argyle, Wisconsin. It was totally worth it.

In fact… I think, depending on  the time you’ve allowed yourself, what actually interests you personally, and  how open you are to seeing quirky sights which may or may not interest you once  you arrive, it’s always worth it. I mean, the worst thing that’ll happen is that  you aren’t completely fascinated by the sight! But, even then, you probably took  an interesting road and maybe had an interesting conversation along the  way.

On our way to the Toy Train Barn,  we passed a little Swiss Miss, out in the field, in her big “Little House on the  Prairie” blue dress, and wearing her milk maid bonnet. We couldn’t have planned  that! (I wasn’t prepared and didn’t take a picture.)

Our personal goal is to go  someplace new every year. I mean, we do have our favorites that we revisit on a  regular basis (Hawaii), but rather than repeating the same destinations over and  over, we decided to make it a goal to go to every State in the U.S. and every  Province & Territory in Canada (except Nunavut, because 1) it wasn’t a  territory when we started this venture and 2) I can’t figure out how to get  there…)

And, if we are repeating a  destination (Hawaii), we add a new sight we haven’t seen or  experienced.

We also end up in the same places  repeatedly (Montana), because, well – most importantly, we have family there,  and also, Montana is pretty much enroute to any new location.

Obviously, I haven’t been to every  single roadside attraction – either because of lack of time, lack of knowledge  or lack of interest. However, if you notice that I’ve missed something, you can  either contact me and let me know – I will put it on the itinerary for next  time, or… write your own book/blog (send me a link, if you do write your own!  I’d love to read it!)

Here’s what I think is going to  happen: As we travel, I hope to post photos (with the mini story, if there is  one) every day, or there might be gaps, depending upon wi-fi access, how tired I  am, or if anything happens that interest me (which is likely – there are a lot  of things I find interesting…) When we’re NOT travelling, I plan to post on  Sundays and Wednesdays, and share previous trip experiences.

I love feedback – even if it’s:

“you  take too many pictures, and nobody cares where John Hancock lived”,

or “seriously!? you drove that far just to see a giant eyeball?”

(…which, I  don’t know how anyone could think that, but there might be some, and I’m willing  to hear it.)

See you  Wednesday

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One response to “Welcome to the Biggest Ball of String Tour

  1. Brenda says:

    I would drive that far to see a giant eyeball!! Are you kidding! How cooool is that?!

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