October 2014 - The Dainty Squid
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Dinosaur World

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of the places in Cave City I really, really wanted to visit was Dinosaur World. I LOVE giant roadside dinosaurs and with one beckoning me from the side of the highway I couldn't not go. Dinosaur World boasts over 150 life size dinosaurs on 20 acres of property. This place is insanely awesome. The dinosaurs are all tucked away in the woods along both sides of a beautiful little path the winds around the property. I took a total of one zillion photos, or something close to that...
Doesn't it look incredible!? One of the reviews on the Roadside America app complained of the price, saying it wasn't worth it for adults but I have to disagree on that one. At least five times while we were walking around I exclaimed "this place is soooo cool!" Easily the best dinosaur attraction I have ever been to. Definitely, definitely, definitely worth a stop if you're ever anywhere near by!

Oh, and Jeff got eaten by a dinosaur. No big deal.
As I was reading over this post before hitting publish I realized it really sounded like a sponsored post, but it is hilariously not. I literally am just that excited about this place. Although, Dinosaur World, if you wanna hook a girl up with passes or something I wouldn't complain! Hah!

found on the beach

found on the beach

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another rainbow edition of my found on the beach series. After I put this one together I realized maybe this wouldn't be the best way to do them from now on since it looks so similar to the last one. Although, I do like this one much better without the white, black and grey section on the end. With the rainbow layout you're looking more at the colors than the objects, at least I am anyway. It's obviously way more visually appealing spread out like this, I'm just worried they'll all start to look the same. Yeah, I'm definitely over thinking trash right now.

Anyway, I'm really excited about this set. I think there are so many neat little gems in there. My favorite thing to find will always be little people and animals.
Quick FAQ - things that get asked every Found on the Beach post.
Do you keep the things you pick up? No way. Once in a while I'll keep something I really think is neat but I'm no hoarder.
What do you do with it when you're done? I toss it in the trash where it belongs.
Was this really all from the beach in one day? For the most part, yes. Sometimes if I find something I really think is neat on a day I'm not collecting for a photo I'll pick it up and hang on to it until the next time I want to put together one of these.
Do you wear gloves? No, I don't. These are things that were washed up on the shore, not things simply left behind. They're no dirtier than the sand or water.
Prints available here

daily life

On the road - Kentucky to North Carolina

Monday, October 27, 2014

The weekend before last Jeff and I took a little road trip, definitely not as epic as our last one, but still a nice escape from daily life. I was invited to a blog conference down in North Carolina, and while that was fun enough for me, Jeff suggested we leave a day earlier and take a detour over to Kentucky before hitting NC. That's my maaaan! I'm so pumped I found someone who likes road trips as much as I do. I excitedly agreed that adding another day, and a few more states would make it even better. I have a handful of posts from the weekend but thought I'd start with a little round up of all the roadside attractions we found.

First thing Saturday morning we hit the road for Cave City. We didn't actually get a chance to go in any caves. Booo! The one we really wanted was sold out for the day and before we knew it everything was closed. But we did visit all kinds of silly little gift shops full of rocks, which we both enjoyed.
After leaving Kentucky the next morning we stumbled upon the most exciting little part of our trip. I was using the Roadside America app, like I always am when I'm basically anywhere outside of a twenty mile radius of Cleveland. I found an elephant and since I was tired of being in the car already I suggested we stop and find it. As we approached, right off the side of the highway, we spotted the area where it was. Not only was there an elephant, there was a giraffe, a horse, some clowns, a castle and two ferris wheels. ALL ABANDONED. We both freaked. It was such an awesome find!

Apparently there used to be a fireworks store there but in July of this year it burnt down. There aren't really any traces of the building left, it was apparently cleaned up but they left behind all the fun stuff. One of the ferris wheels was already starting to do the mean lean, I'm not sure how long they've been out of use but it doesn't seem like this one will be standing too much longer.
A quick drive away from that is a giant dragon, not quite as exciting as two ferris wheels but still pretty awesome. This guy was massive. He's located behind an dollar store and there was actually someone camping right near his feet. I don't know what that was all about but I tip toed up and took a photo of the big dude anyway. Can't not photograph a massive dragon.

Like I said above, the dragon is only minutes away from the elephant, giraffe, ferris wheel place, and oddly enough he used to be in front of a fireworks place that also burned down a few years back. I saw on the app that someone mentioned the dragon has been for sale since 2013. I couldn't find anymore information on it but I sure hope he finds a nice home! I wonder what the going price on something like that is.
In North Carolina I stopped to check out the grave of Daisy and Violet Hilton. Daisy and Violet were Siamese twins who toured the US sideshow circuit in the 1930's. The twins were poor at the time of their death so they were buried in a donated plot and share a headstone with an acquaintance's son. If you're interested in reading more about them, I actually read this book not too long ago. It was pretty interesting.
Last silly little roadside attraction of the trip was a shell shaped Shell station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It's no longer in service but it is in excellent condition! Preservation North Carolina actually spent one year and $50,000 restoring it to it's original condition. Eight of these were originally built in the 1930's all around the area but this is the last remaining one. I am forever a sucker for novelty architecture.
And that's what we saw on the trip! I have two more posts about awesome places we visited that I'll be sharing soon.

project 365 // days 283-289

Saturday, October 25, 2014

283 : 365 Some recently pressed plants.
284 : 365 My fancy pants bike lights. More on these very soon!
285 : 365 Some puppy who wishes he could go see mewithoutYou too.
286 : 365 One of my family's favorite pastimes is shooting weird knickknacks my dad gets in dollar auction box lots with BB guns. One of our latest victims was a creepy baby doll. Inside I found these! I had no idea that's what baby doll eyes looked like but I LOVE them! Kind of interested in collecting them now.
 287 : 365 Stitched up a cute little constellation using one of Miniature Rhino's kits! As well as having kits, and custom items, Jessica also has some classes on Craftsy including one on hand embroidery if you want to learn!
288 : 365 North Chagrin Reservation.
More photos from this hike here.
289 : 365 The productivity manager here at The Dainty Squid, clearly a bit concerned.


abandoned factory

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A while back, on my six month in Cleveland anniversary, I visited a new to me abandoned building. So needless to say, I've been holding on to these photos while I tried my hardest to research more about the building. I'm finally throwing in the towel. I can't seem to find much at all. This is an abandoned factory that did metal plating, aside from that I have no dates or history. It was still an interesting building, and I'm rather pleased with my photos so here they are...
All the machinery has been removed since this place closed its doors but the upstairs offices have tons of paperwork, books, and records strewn about. That kind of stuff is always my favorite but I am always curious who was the one to make such a mess in these places. Was it a former employee trying to prove a point before he left the place for the last time? Young kids just having fun making a mess? I mean, you can't deny it would be fun to just go nuts in place like that, let out a little steam.

PS. If you're as curious as I was when I first saw it, that "hot!!!" file tab literally had nothing exciting in it. I was hoping for juicy office gossip, or maybe some nudie pictures (we found some fairly graphic ones in another part of the building!) but it was just regular old paper work! Booooring.

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