Saying Hello to Friends
Coolspring is south of Brookville and north of Punxsutawney. Have you heard of Punxsutawney? I bet you have at least in February. Or maybe you've seen a certain movie. (giggles) If you have followed our blog for some time then you definitely have. We've teamed up with Flo and the Say Hello to My Little Friends crew to find all the Phantastic Phil statues throughout Punxsutawney. Today was the day to, perhaps, finish our quest.
Flo found out there were 9 new statues besides the one we still hadn't located at the IUP campus. Was it out for cleaning or re-sponsored, repainted, and relocated? The plan included a fun side trip, but let's get to it.
After a hearty breakfast and some housekeeping we got the text from Flo and headed to the gate. We didn't have to wait long before we climbed into her car and the four of us headed south to Punxsutawney. First stop of the day...Gobbler's Knob! Home of the annual Groundhog Day festivities! Maritza and I chatted and laughed as Flo and Xyra traded GPS stories. We laughed harder when it took us to a walking path instead of to the actual visitor's center. But we're resourceful and found our way. Then the exploring started!
Photo dump time!
Friends, Romans, Groundhogs...we come to see where it all happens in February. It's much greener now. (giggles)
Super fun woman. Marcy the General Manager of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. She was a lot of fun to talk to about Gobbler's Knob and Phil and our quest.
In the one room the artist who paints the statues created a mural of a typical February 2, Groundhog Day, festival. We had fun in that room.
On to the Quest!
This is the tricky part. In Pennsylvania towns were created around cowpaths and access to mills and fields and such. Roads are twisty and some have many name changes. We got out the map and looked it over. Cool the first one we want should be on our way back into town from Gobbler's Knob. Um, yes and no. So we drove until we found our first new statue to use as a point of reference! By the time we found Officer Phil & Fury we were laughing so hard we thought the officer in the parking lot might think we were up to no good.
They have the story of the fallen veteran who inspired this statue in the window, so we paused for a moment of silence.
Back to square one with the map. Where do we go from here? Well, we know where the Wizard of weather is so...back that direction and we glimpsed the finger of You Can't Keep a Good Phil Down.
Now that we had our Phil "goggles" on we decided to go back looking for East End Phil. We spotted this one while looking across a parking lot and through some trees. Then found a route to the park.
Woo hoo! Halfway there! Five more to find and all seem to be on the main road heading back to Coolspring.
Tourist Phil is painted with all the types of phil souvenirs you can purchase as well as fun slogans.
Slice to Meet You Phil is pretty cool. Can you guess what he is about? Hint, February is awareness month for this.
Oh, well. Still a great day hanging out with friends. It was great to meet Maritza; she's really cool!
We stopped at The Country Cone on the way back to the museum.
Another late night working on freeing the second piston. This one came free at 1 AM. Again, we were in bed before it happened. (giggles)
Spending the day with friends is wonderful! I can't wait to read Maritza's report!
Thank you for stopping by! Which is your favorite Phil statue?
Have a great day!