Friday, July 24, 2009
Foo finally comes back home and is ready to put away the travelling spurs for the summer. Whew is he exhausted... Stay tuned for future trips in Champaign, IL, for homecoming and the great Pacific Northwest next summer!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Foo made a special journey into Cleveland, OH, to go visit the house where the beloved "A Christmas Story" was filmed. Look closely in that front window, and you can see the "Fra-gi-le" leg lamp so coveted, and Ralphie's sled on the porch as well. No sign of his gun, but Foo wouldn't have been allowed to use that anyway.
Foo really wanted to see the Polka Music Hall of Fame in Ohio, but alas it was closed when he got there. He did, however, get this picture with the sign. If you look very closely, you can see that the Polka Hall of Fame shares a building with the Softball Hall of Fame.... Huh?
Foo loved visiting the original Kazoo Factory in Eden, NY, to see how they make the kazoos, still all on the original machines from the early 1900s.
Foo couldn't pass up the Foo-portunity to taste the original Buffalo Wings at the Anchor Bar, in Buffalo, NY.
Foo found this giant Victorian head entrance to a building in Buffalo, NY, quite fascinating. He was scared to go in the building though, not knowing what he would find in the chest of this really big lady. He guesses it's one way to keep out the riffraff.
Foo didn't quite get the concept of Frisbee golf at Joe Davis State Park in Youngstown, NY. He was told the Frisbee goes into the basket, but Foo caught it on the fly and jumped into the basket. Boy was it difficult getting that disc away from him. I-L-L
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Foo got to ride on this authentic 1908 car on display in the basement of the Jell-O museum of all places. It was kinda rusty, but it sure was interesting! Too bad he couldn't take it for a Foo test drive.
Foo visited the Jell-O museum LeRoy, NY, and was weirded out to learn that the original form of Jell-O was made from isinglass and deer antlers. Ewww. While there, he got to drive the Jell-O truck.
Foo visited with the emus at the reptile zoo. They weren't having much to do with Foo, though, because he wasn't made of food, only Foo.
Foo enjoyed his visit to this reptile zoo where he got to watch the speed of these tortoises with utter amaaaaaaazzzz- eeeeemmmmeen- nnnnttt. Really, they barely moved, but that's okay. They're easier to take pictures of that way.
Well this one didn't really live by the sea, but it did live along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. It was magical and purple and named Burgundy! Foo wanted to ride the dragon, but the dragon would have none of it.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Foo's trip to Valley Forge was educational and interesting even in the misty, then pouring rain. First, he toured the welcome center.
Foo felt just like a champion when he posed with the Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Foo just shrugs at this art sculpture near the Philadelphia Art Museum. He guesses it's art, but at least the color was Foo-rific!
Foo gladly paid homage to the great Ben Franklin by visiting his grave in Philadelphia. He couldn't get inside the fence, so the plaque had to do. Foo sees a little resemblance between himself and Ben. Not likely, but they did both travel a good deal.
Foo shook his little Foo tushy when he visited this statue of Pope John Paul at the Polish historical museum in Philadelphia because he sees you, baby! Shakin' that thang...
Foo walked down memory lane when he visited Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia. He claims to remember being here when he came up with the initial idea to fight for independence from the British. Even though he is quite the orator, the public has doubts about this actually being the truth.
Foo decided to act out the "Maybe You Should Write it" song from 1776 on the staircase made famous with that song. But if Foo's the one to do it, he'll growl his Foo way through it. He's obnoxious and plastique, we know that sir. Well actually he's not all that obnoxious, but it fits the song nicely.
Foo takes a moment to pose by the stairs to the belltower inside Independence Hall where they ran up to ring out the celebration of independence! He wanted to go up and ring the new bell, but he couldn't get past the tight security consisting of an information placard.
Foo was very good at helping Victoria keep dry by holding the umbrella in the constant rain they experienced during their Philadelphia trip.
Foo was very excited to visit the famous Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. He promises he was not the one who cracked it. He blames that lady in front of it. She looks a bit shady.
While walking around Philadelphia, Foo found himself on Signers' Row and stopped to pose with the signature plaque of John Adams, his favorite signer of the Declaration of Independence. Sit down, John!
Foo was inspired to make a declaration of his own after visiting the building where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. So Foo declares that he is the first and foremost cutest, and most well-traveled, Foo Dog in the world!
Foo decided to become a Phillies Fan for the day after he discovered this cool permanent sand sculpture in a park in Philadelphia. He's really not sure what the creature is on the top though, so he decided that the Phillies should make Foo the new mascot!
Foo channeled the great Edgar Allan Poe outside this historical location dedicated to him in Philadelphia. Foo thinks the poem should be revised to include him in it. He's just as scary as the black bird.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Foo was excited to go see Katie Rochon perform in "Signin' in the Rain" at the Dutch Apple Theatre. Unfortunately there were no dogs allowed inside, but he got to support her anyway and gave her a standing foo-vation.
The friendly little Foo Dog that he is, Foo made even more friends at the farm in Pennsylvania. He met Larry the Llama, who wondered just want kind of llama Foo might be and why Foo was getting in his close-up beauty shot.
When Foo will milk it for free? Foo took a turn milking this cut-out cow and learned how udderly difficult it is when you don't have opposable thumbs and when the cow is not real.
I'm the Foo-gerbread Man! Foo decided to taunt this happy Gingerbread Man with a bit of his own medicine and then run away. The gingerbread man was more amused by Foo than anything else.