Journies 3, 4, and 5: Off the Beaten Path AKA What is This Trip Report Anymore?
I wanted to post these reports, but since I'm lazy (and I only have a couple pics from two of the places), I've decided to combine them into one report.
So sue me. Journey 3: The Super Journey Home
I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tampa (
), but since I live in Minnesota, I had to lug all my sh!t back north over a 2-day road trip.
I happened to notice that Holiday World was approximately halfway between the two.
But we'd be traveling through when the park was closed.
So the consolation prize was a night in Metropolis, Illinois: the official home of Superman.
We pulled in for the night, got as much sleep as we could, and in the morning, on our way out of town, we had to find town square.
And what's in town square?
A Giant Superman stature, of course!
Strike a pose!
And of course, we had to find Lois Lane as well. I enjoy a good pun street.
But we didn't have time to go through the Superman museum. Though I did get a Superman hat from the gift shop and considered purchasing a piece of "Kryptonite."Journey 4: Just how far down the rabbit hole have we gone here, anyways?
I was debating even posting these, but they're so weird and wtf-ish that they have to be shared.
They're just mannequins at a Dollar Store. The employees I talked to had no idea why they exist either. But whatever, they're weird and I like 'em!Journey 5: Holy Willy Wonka, Batman!
Of all the tourist traps I've visited over the course of my life, I never thought I'd make a trip report about a candy store. Neither did I think I'd make one about a dollar store either, but you know what they say about life and lemons...
The candy store in question is Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. That's literally its name. It would be awkward if there was one larger.
Anyways, I knew about this place from various news outlets and was following them on Facebook but had never visited before. While living in work housing near Valleyfair last year, it was a perfect opportunity to waste an hour at the place on my day off since it's a couple miles past the park on 169.
I drove in with the plan to look around, buy a giant-ass peanut butter cup and walk out. But as any John Steinbeck or Robert Burns fan will tell you, it was a poor plan from the start.
It started out innocently enough: walking past a window with a cheap-looking statue of Iron Man against the inside of the window. I shrugged it off and walked in to see enough candy to make Gene Wilder blush.
And a Dragon head
...as an appetizer.
For what was that I saw in the distance?
99% of their social media postings are puns on their sign outside.
So why is the Silver Surfer hanging from the ceiling?
Don't get me wrong, I'm over the moon about this; I'm just pissed that they never showed this stuff off before. I'd have gone more often, dammit!
Cause who doesn't want a life-size Hulkbuster in their living room?
Apparently Thor and Spider-Man have joined the Justice League. Who knew?
Not Captain America. And no, unfortunately I did not get a shot of America's A$$
Any kisses lately, spidey?
And what's a life-size Hulkbuster without a Hulk to fight it?
Monsters Inc. too? Sign me up!
Have I mentioned how much I hated my old phone's camera is this report yet? Or should I say "I am Groot?" At least I think that's Groot and Star-Lord. Can't tell with how crappy that picture turned out.
Resistance is futile.
TIE fighters, coming in.
To attack the Black Pearl. Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate's life for me.
The Millennium Falcon will come to the rescue!
If the Enterprise doesn't get there first!
Or the Doctor!
And in case you thought I forgot which site this was and since I know how amusement park-hungry you are,
Here's a popcorn Ferris Wheel for ya to end this weird detour