Tourist trap that is.
Yesterday on Facebook, I tossed out that I was looking for some tourist idea for an upcoming drive from Seattle to Chicago. I already have Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, the Bad Lands, Little Bighorn, Devils Tower, Wall Drug (gotta get me a Jackalope), and of course the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.
In the comments, I made an aside to the fact that we would be traveling too far south in the state to hit the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota. I've already seen it, and driving to Darwin, MN (60 miles due west of the Twin(e?) Cities) wasn't going to happen.
Then I realized that some of you may have missed out on ever seeing one of the largest twine balls on the planet (I'll explain in a second*).
So one July, I drove up to the Savage, MN, to see my good friend, T-Bone and his wife. We had a great time, as we always do, when he looks me dead in the eye and asks me if I wanted to see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota.
That's like asking a shark if it wants to dine on some tender surfer toes.
So, off to Darwin we went, to see the largest sisal twine ball built by one person. And there it is, in all it's glory.
God Bless America!
* Wikipedia lists a number of twine balls, using different judging criteria.
Largest sisal twine ball built by one person - Darwin, MN - 17,400 pounds, 40 ft , and weighs 17,400 pounds
Largest sisal twine ball built by a community - Cawker City, KS - 17,886 pounds, 40 feet in circumfrance (and still growing)
Heaviest ball of twine ever built - Lake Nebagamon, WI - 19,336 pounds and growing.
Guinness Book of World Records - Branson, MO - 41.5 feet in circumference
I know what you're thinking: Alright, monkey-boy, play the damn song:
So, what are your memories of the roadside attractions?