…slowly, of course
Trip Day Eleven (By Misty)
Hello, everybody! Misty here with your trip report for today.
We started the day with an early breakfast at a campground about 50 miles north of Critter City. As always, it was scrummy and we left the table with full bellies.
(Silky: It was a Waddlefest!)
Our first stop was about two hours away, so we all just chilled out with some light filler games. I was unsuccessful in killing Doctor Lucky, but was top of the bean pile at Bohnanza.
(Daisy: I could never get a clear shot at the old bastard.)
(Janet: Some of us played Dino Hunt, which was pretty fun.)
It surprised none of us that The Doctor chose a Giant Jesus as our first stop. What did surprise us was that there were TWO Giant Jesus statues facing each other across the Texas/Oklahoma state line.
(Sasha: It may be time to stage an intervention with Daddy.)
(Luke: Several years too late for that.)
It seems that in 1960, the small towns of Rigley, Oklahoma and Barsonville, Texas, had some sort of row going about who got more business from travelers on the Texas state highway that runs between them. Being firmly in the Bible Belt (or what passes for it here on Earth 1-G), each town decided to build a statue of Jesus. You’ve probably figured out what happened next. Years of design changes and finally, two Giant Jesus statues facing each other across the highway. The one on the Texas side is taller at 110 feet tall, but the one on the Oklahoma side (100 feet tall) is much more detailed and better looking.
(Roxie: They are quite impressive, as these things go.)
(Sasha: Still not as impressive as those humongous toilet paper rolls used to be.)
For a “donation” of $2.00 per statue, you can go up to the observation areas in their heads. The views are pretty good and the tour guides are friendly young local folks who tell you how great their side’s statue is while stopping short of declaring the other statue rubbish. Several of our group never even took the tour, but The Doctor and Auntie Mary always do.
(Leon: They are not right in the head, those two.)
(Sadie: Few Humans are.)
To get to our next and final roadside attraction, The Doctor once again shrank us down to shoebox size and kicked in the booster drives. We cruised along major motorways at up to 200 miles per hour and got to our final destination just as we finished watching the 1959 version of King Kong which has all the stop motion done by Ray Harryhausen. It’s a really great remake.
(Goldie: With added dinosaurs and the spider canyon scene!)
(Max: And a good long scene of Kong being towed back to New York.)
Hanson, Kansas, was our stop for The World Famous Scarecrow Town. While this place was lower on the Creep-O-Meter than Skeleton Town, it is still bloody unnerving. After half an hour among the 500+ scarecrows, we all left. It took another hour for the fur on my back to lie down.
(Daisy: New rule: Only one creepyass stop per trip from now on!)
(Janet: YES! The wind moved one of those scarecrows and I pooped myself.)
(Leon: I’ll be having fucking scarecrow nightmares for a month.)
From there on, it was all about us taking folks home by going back to our world and dropping off the Hildreths, The Joneses, Auntie Avy & Leon, and Auntie Ginie & Roxy. Before returning Uncle Gabriel to Los Angeles, we stopped in New Mexico for an excellent Southwestern Dinner.
(Luke: It was delicious and plentiful.)
We are ending our night in an RV park in Gorman, at the top of the grapevine. We’ll leave very early and be home before noon tomorrow, which is good because I’ll be starting a month long shoot on a film down in Florida and Luke is starting a 3 week run on the Orpheum Circuit with his song & dance act.
(Daisy: Go see him folks, because he is really good!)
With that, Dear Readers, I end my bit of this trip report. Have a wonderful evening or day, depending upon where you are.
Destination Sign When We Started: El Dorado
Destination Sign When We Stopped: Shangri La
QM Radio Station: 70’s Funk