The weather was very uncooperative in the morning. Cloudy/foggy and then rained for several hours. I did what I could with that. Around 2pm, all that cleared and it was glorious sun and clouds. The temperate was about 20 degrees cooler — maybe 80 tops? Didn’t run the A/C once today.
Getting a very late start here in posting. Lots of emails and misc. stuff. Now it’s suddenly 1:20am — yikes! So let’s roll right into the photos. And I have quite a bunch!
I finally got around to some places that have been on my list for awhile. Two of the categories (carousels & kiddie rides) at my website are troublesome because they are often located at big amusement parks or zoos with hefty admission + parking charges. Most of the time, I can sweet talk myself in by speaking to an authority figure. But sometimes, I’m forced to shell out $20 or so for 15 minutes of shooting. If it’s a museum, I don’t mind so much. Or a small amusement park. But I still refuse to deal with the crowds and $40 admission for the big Six Flags places. Plus there’s the added complication of what to do with the dogs while I’m inside. Grem is usually barking her head off so I worry the Humane Society will be there with handcuffs when I get back.
But of course, I would never leave my dogs in a hot vehicle. I always find shade. And today was a blessing weatherwise. I made it to Waldameer Park finally for some kiddie rides and to shoot the giant pirate. And then the Erie Zoo. I have really mixed feelings about giving zoos money. Supposedly the money goes to wildlife conservation and “education”. Can’t people just watch videos of these animals? Anyhow, they got my $7 for their Endangered Species carousel. The animals that I passed made me feel very sad. Pacing, semi-autistic behaviors. Tiny spaces. Yes, the cages are gone at these places but there is just not nearly enough space for what I consider a healthy existence. Check out Mr. Polar Bear and his tiny pool. And he had to be pretty miserable this past week with 100 degree weather:
The entrance was nice though:
Ziggity-zaggety from Erie:
Dying a slow death — also in Erie:
A front yard adornment in Erie:
A couple old gas station signs — the location of this one must be here in my notes somewhere… can’t find it… pretty sure it was Erie:
This one from West Middlesex, PA:
I finally got around to reshooting these guys. Sculptures made with PENNDOT traffic signs in Meadville:
Also in Meadville:
Nik happy to pose for scale with today’s novel roadtrip snack. (His ball is hidden behind and supporting the bag — a photographer’s trick.) Actually, the bag was just a small one — and you probably aren’t sure how big Nik is anyway. I expected this stuff to be nasty but it was incredibly good. I’d get it again and I’m not even a potato chip eater ordinarily. Extra thick as promised and mildly sweet:
The kids got lots of water romping in even though it was cooler. The also got some water gazing in — Conneaut Lake. Taken while driving, of course. The clouds were spectacular today — worth putting up with all that rain for I guess. The girls were in the back, probably snoozing (they are the “seniors” and need more rest). Grem balancing on my left arm for the best view:
Nik, although still wet from swimming, wishing for more:
I took some videos of the dogs at the water today — but that’ll have to wait til tomorrow or the next night I finish up early.
More signs — this one from Greenville, PA:
Jug Handle Pizza from Transfer, PA (this one’s for you Rick!). Seems this part of PA has those annoying jug handle u-turns like those in NJ. If you want to turn left, you have to go all the way to the right and circle back around. I like this literal interpretation. And the hole in this guy’s head (from the revenoors?) leaking liquor:
Into Ohio, finally, for the next couple days. This sign which must have been a “spinner” in Struthers:
At the Perfect Party Place — in Warren I believe:
Also in Warren:
And lastly, let’s close out with this crazy rant decorated building in Struthers:
Hope you enjoyed the show. I’ll try to settle down sooner tomorrow — 2am here. No proofing or spell check tonight!