The Spillway - The Dainty Squid

The Spillway

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A few weekends back Jeff and I spent the day at my parents. We hiked, got pizza, and visited a place I've been going since my childhood, the spillway. Located in Linesville, Pennsylvania, the spillway is kind of a strange attraction but somehow it manages to bring in tons of people every year since the 1930's when it opened. The Spillway even claims to be Pennsylvania's second most popular tourist attraction, after the Liberty Bell. Basically it's just a place to go and see a whole bunch (thousands!) of carp, squirming around, and fighting to get pieces of bread tossed at them.

When I was younger my mom used to save up bread for weeks and we'd go with bags full. On this visit, since it was spur of the moment, we came unprepared. Still we found little scraps others had done a not so great job tossing and used them ourselves. It's gross but somehow still super mesmerizing to watch the fish.
Along with carp there are lots of geese, ducks, and seagulls who are also anxious to be fed.
It's not my normal side of the road attraction to blog about but it's one that special to me* (plus my photos from the day turned out really well! Heh!)

*Yep, that's right. A place where carp squirm all over each other to fight for bread is special to me. :P

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11 thoughts

  1. Sometimes the best content is something that is familiar to many people.
    I, too, share similar memories and places such as this, so this post really took me back.
    Good times.

  2. Sounds pretty cool! I really like the fourth photo down; it looks like some kind of creepy deep sea creature that enjoys sucking on brains... in a good way.

  3. As weird as it is, that still sounds like fun! :)

  4. Haha, those wide-open-ready-for-bread fish faces are great!

  5. Amazing pics Kaylah!! They turned so great! I can feel the fish claiming for food from here, hahaha. I like also a lot the pairing of the ducks on the bottom waiting for the guys to feed them, certainly these two pics belong together :)

  6. I love these! There's a little pond in Rockport, Texas where you can feed turtles like this. They will practically take it from your hand-and anytime we visit it's what I'm most excited about :) It's probably my favorite place. I love the bottom photo too-I love when animals cock their head to the side like that-so cute!

  7. Wow... there are really a lot of birds and fishes. I already thought the photo I took at a port in Chile with 6 birds standing on the rail was funny, but yours wins :D


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