|Throwback Jackalope can be ridden at Wall Drug in South Dakota.|
I've always been kind of obsessed with Americana. From carousels to ice cream stands shaped like ice cream - concrete dinosaurs, balls of twine, giant teapot, fortune tellers in glass boxes, fun houses, donut shops that are donut-shaped, the Hollywood[land] sign, Mt Trashmore, Mt Rushmore...if it's an oddity or classic I will stop short.
When I was working for an organization that sent me on the road often I was sent to South Dakota. I'd always wanted to go and it was kind of a joke around the office. Then they finally needed someone to go to South Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas; a trifecta of Americana-packed states. I was chosen!!!!!!
|Mt Rushmore: it's a lot further away in person!|
Usually I look everything up on RoadsideAmerica.com before traveling (even where I'm living - I am all about being a tourist in my own town!) but this was a last minute trip and there wasn't time; I was going into my dream blind!
Luckily there just happened to be a herd of dinosaurs across from where we worked and when I left I hugged them goodbye thinking that was the last of the kitsch.
|Until we meet again, Concrete Dinosaur!|
WALL DRUG.There were like 45398 signs telling us something amazingly tacky was coming and we better pull over in 9304832 miles.
Pull over, indeed!
That is where I met this life-sized jackalope...my favorite animal (other than cats, rats, and bats...and elephants)!