Little (and not-so-little) kids (and lots of grown-up kids, too) have been playing with model train sets since the 1840s, and the hobby only became more popular when electric trains made their debut in the early 20th century. Equally as beloved to its enthusiasts, miniature airports have been keeping their foot in the door of models over the years, as well. And one of the biggest, if not the largest miniature airport in the world is in Germany.
‘Tis the season for local carnivals, fairs, festivals and lots of other events that, at least in the U.S., usually includes soft ice cream, corn dogs, kettle corn, funnel cake, fried stuff on a stick, and “spin and puke” rides. Probably in that order. 😉
When I was a kid, the things I loved the most at the carnival were the games of chance. Whether it was squirting water into a clown’s mouth, aiming a whiffle ball to land in a red cup or trying to break balloons with darts, I was positive that I could beat the odds and win that 3’ plush Snoopy I had my eye on. Unfortunately, although I spent a whole lot of money trying, I never did win that Snoopy. But I did win a working kid-sized blender on a carnival roulette wheel once when I was about six or seven.
First of all, no May the Fourth post this year would be complete without remembering Peter Mayhew, the actor who brought Chewbacca to life. May you rest in peace, Peter. Thank you for your work and for sharing your life with millions of sci-fi geeks all over the world.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
We must be cautious. – Obi Wan (Ben) Kenobi
Ever since I first saw the Facebook page from the Scum and Villainy Cantina in Los Angeles, I was convinced I wanted to go. To my surprise, Sharon was interested in going as well.
When we were planning our Southwest Road Trip and knew we would be visiting Disneyland, we thought a trip to L.A. would be possible. Then we got tickets for Hamilton in L.A. (Note from Sharon: 5th time!) and decided to stay in town for the last weekend of our trip. It was fate. Or the Force. Or maybe you’re like Han Solo and don’t believe in hokey things like that.
Your friendly neighborhood geek bar.
No Tickets, No Reservations, No Judgement
If you love The Wizard of Oz, and if you love kitsch, this sounds like it could definitely be the place for you. It definitely is for me!
“Many, many miles east of nowhere lay the wonderful Land of Oz,” boasted a 1939 trailer for a new movie starring Judy Garland based off of L. Frank Baum’s famous novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Thirty years later, this would become a reality. For a brief moment in history (only about 10 years), Oz was a real, truly live place where performers portrayed Dorothy and her friends and danced along a yellow brick road that curved around a mountaintop a mile high in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Original ads enticed guests with the slogan, “You Just Don’t See It; You Live it!”
“Oz was the anti-theme park. It wasn’t about roller-coasters; it was about creating an emotional experience.”
Open for only a decade (1970-1980), The Land of Oz theme park saw its share of success, dismay, and heartache. However, this small theme park’s impact has been going strong over 35 years after its closing, as public interest continues to increase and public events held on the property sell out immediately. If you’re a fan of the Wizard of Oz movie or books, get ready because tickets for the Land of Oz in North Carolina are on sale for the 2019 season!
Oh, and since this is the 80th (!!!) anniversary of the film’s release, their Museum Exhibit will feature actual Costumes & Memorabilia from the 1939 MGM Film, & More!
Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.