I didn't go fishing on Sunday. Considering I haven't gone fishing since New Year's Day, that shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Instead, I took Lilly & K.C. to Roadside America in Shartlesville, PA.
Why? Because I'm demented as all get out?
Nope, actually because Lilly got a train set for Christmas and is sorta in a train phase.
For those of you that don't know...Roadside America is like the size of a high school gymnasium COMPLETELY covered in wall to wall trains. It's slightly interactive, you can press buttons to make stuff work...
but it's also freakin' nuts, and that's BEFORE they add all of the religious icons & overtones like this doll found in the gift shop into the mix...
...and what I'll call the "Jesus Loves America" slideshow played to the tune of "God Bless America" every 30 minutes. (No footage of that, I'll have to leave that to your imagination).
EDIT: My wonderful wife K.C. used her YouTube sleuthing skills to find a video that has the magical "Jesus Loves America" slideshow. Enjoy!
Joking aside, the landscape of trains is pretty impressive if you're really into that kinda thing. Here's some more pics of the loco-motion going on inside.
FYI - There's also a Pennsylvania Dutch gift shop next door.
It's an excellent stop if you want to pick up some really outdated merchandise. No, I mean REALLY outdated merchandise. Need a blank VHS tape, they got 'em...got the Best of Johnny Carson on VHS too.
Need an unopened "That's Incredible" TV show card game? Check.
You've probably also been searching high and low for a Galoob wind-up stand mixer toy for your dollhouse in original packaging from 1978? Yup, it's there, and it will only cost you $2.50.
I wanted to take pictures inside this place but my digital camera ceased to work once I stepped inside the front door. Must have had something to do with disrupting the space-time continuum or something...
Best of all...especially to all you Pennsylvania outdoor folk reading this blog...Roadside America & the Dutch Haus are a mere 10 minutes up Interstate 78 from Cabela's. So there's really no excuse for you not to visit during your next trip to Hamburg's "Haven on the Hill"...and yeah, I know that place has it's own type of crazy too...