Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Today we all set off on an adventure nine and a half years in the making - don't get too excited - a trip to the famous Maple Tree Inn. Nine and a half years before we could experience the ooey gooey goodness of fresh buckwheat pancakes smothered in real maple syrup? Yes. Every year until now, Liz has been holed up at "that other place" doing maple sugaring programs and listening to people talk about their annual pilgrimages to the Maple Tree Inn. The one day that Liz ever had off during the sugaring season - Monday - is the one day of the week that the Inn is closed.
After an hour and a half in the car - it would have been less if they had remembered that this sign goes OUTSIDE - we arrived to throngs of senior citizens and the smells of syrup, pancakes, and great coffee. The menu boasted more maple delights than any mere mortal could partake of in just one afternoon, too bad. Had we not stuffed ourselves with buckwheat pancakes and maybe the best sausage we've ever had, we might have found some room left over for a bite of Coconut Maple Crunch Pie, a Maple Milkshake, or the homemade Maple Walnut Ice Cream Sandwiches. Mmmmmmmm...
Here we are in the basement of the Inn stealing a quick shot in front of the giant evaporator.
Stuffed to the gills we decided not to go home and to instead continue our travels towards Amish country. The Amish have quite a settlement in the Southern Tier and many of their homes have small shops attached where they sell their handiwork. We only stopped at one, a quilt shop, but were very impressed by the sheer volume of work. Liz said if she spent the rest of her life quilting she could never produce half as much as what we saw today. One bed in the shop was literally covered more than a foot deep in quilts. Whoa.
Sorry, no pictures. We did pass several horse and buggies and even saw more than a dozen men busy building a barn as we traveled.
We continued on and as the hours passed our tummies began to rumble again so we headed for a locally famous restaurant called Earl's. Along the way we saw the most amazing things pop up from behind a hill - Giant whirlygigs! We wanted to get out and get a better look but somebody refused to stop the car.
After getting turned around a bit we made it to Earl's.
People think we are sometimes a little weird but you should see the tables at Earl's! Notice anything strange? All of the table have legs - with pants and cowboy boots on them!
Once we got some food in us and warmed up a little, Right started getting fresh with the table. I guess we need some more socializing.
Aside from the great food (rootbeer, grilled cheese, homemade curly fries) and unique decor, Earl's also boasts a Country Music Museum. (It's over there, in the corner). A modest museum - more modest than the Jell-o museum, yes) - it consists of several glass-fronted display cases containing country music memoribilia. Our favorites were the sparkly ones like this outfit that belonged to Little Jimmy Dickens, and the dress that was once worn by Tammy Wynette. (The Jimmy Dickens link takes you to a lovely little tune...)
So, our trip to get pancakes, with many diversions, took us nine hours in all. We barely made it to class but at least we have something to show for it! :)
Friday, December 26, 2008
This is the famous "bear on the fountain" that marks the center of the town where Liz grew up and where her parents still live. A little further on we easily found her street by the festive sign that marked its start...
Apparently at night it is lit from top to bottom.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We were very excited to be included in the holiday happenings but what's up with the "goodies" we were stuffed with? A spider and a bat?! The bat is kinda cute but that spider is huge! We guess Santa knows best...
Merry Christmas everyone!
Friday, December 19, 2008
This one is called a red-breasted nuthatch. Weird name but we kind of like it. It is very fast when coming to the feeder for seeds. It grabs one and then woosh! it's off again. If you stare at it long enough it even looks a little bit like us. Notice the stripey head and the colors are very close to our own.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
IT came from our maker half-way across the country in Kansas. Like us, IT is home made. Unlike us, IT is merely decorative (rather than decorative and useful). Liz would argue that it has very real and practical uses. Whatever.
Just look at IT! How are we supposed to compete with that?! Not only is it new, but it is also woven from hand-spun wool. As if that weren't enough, while it doesn't have happy stripes like we do, it has something that produces a little squeal of delight every time Liz looks at it. Freakin' bats! How are we supposed to compete with bats?! Ugh.
Not only do we have to compete with the fact that it has bats but, on it's first night in town - the very day it arrived in the mail - she took it to the theater and left us sitting at home in the drawer! Apparently we aren't classy enough for the theater. We'll see about that...
That was all a month ago...we've been pretty busy since then. No adventures to speak of but we know there are some in our future. Liz did pay us the honor of wearing us on her birthday. Liz is going back to work at the place where all of the pumpkins were only now they are selling trees. We heard Liz telling someone that there would be real live reindeer there so we are looking forward to seeing them. Maybe we can get them to pass a note to Santa...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The Hillbilly Hen House. The hens you see actually talk. They tell bad chicken jokes and sing farmer songs. When school groups come they tell all about what it takes for a chicken to make an egg.
"Because he was a dirty double crosser!"
One of Liz's jobs is to drive the train. It's really just a tractor disguised as a train. The "cars" are barrels made to look like animals. Our favorite is the turkey even though we didn't get to ride in that one. The train isn't so bad - it's smelly but about the warmest spot on the farm when the days are cold.
After we took school kids for a ride on the train today, it was our job to show them the animals in the petting zoo area. We started with the easiest ones to catch. In fact, Liz put some of them in her pockets! each kid got a chance to hold one (carefully, of course).
"No naughty bunny here. Nope. No, sir. Don't know what you could be talkin' about."
We are sure we will be going back before the season is over. There is just so much to do there!