The Superman Museum in Metropolis was awesome. There were action figures, lunch boxes, toys, photographs, posters, costumes, hundreds of movie and tv show props, buttons, and all sorts of other things. The owner started collecting Superman memorabilia when he was 7 years old. It was really dark and cluttered, so my pictures are not that great, but it was so much fun, I had to share it.
The first thing I got to do while I was in Paducah was to go to the Railroad Museum. First, I was the youngest person there by at least thirty years. Second, I was the only female. I was excited when I walked through the door, which fascinated the staff, and they offered to let me drive the train simulator. Not only did I get to drive the simulator, I got to CRASH the train. There was also a model train layout in the back made by the local train model club. I would have had a much more pleasant time taking pictures of the tiny trains and details if the guys back there had not been so grumpy and condescending. One of them thought I was too young and too stupid to know who OJ Simpson was or even the history of my own state. I tried to just ignore them and do my thing. The actual museum blokes were absolute delights, and they even walked around with me and fed me all sorts of interesting facts and history.
The Apple Valley Roadside Attraction was probably the highlight of my vacation. While free of charge, my friend and I were taken on a tour of hillbilly art. I was overwhelmed by all the textures, colors, and cleverness of the sculptures. My friend could never remember what it was called, and we ended up referring to it as The Tacky Apple. The low point was the cold rain, but the rain really added to the ambiance. I had a horrible time narrowing down my selections, so there are a ton.
The hillbilly grill.
The hillbilly shower.
A car rim attached to a tree. You know, like everybody does.
I think this was called Death to Technology.
A couch. In a tree. Awesome.
The hillbilly chariot.
I absolutely loved this mailbox. I took a bunch of pictures of it, but I figured I was already overdoing the size of this blog entry.
Three-way call. Hahahaha.
A shovel in a typewriter. Because what else do you do with a shovel? Stick it in a typewriter. I wish I could remember the title of this.
This is one of my absolute favorites.
Typically, the owner does not let people into his hidden stash of potential supplies for future art pieces, but my friend begged to let me take pictures, so they let me. It was like Disneyland!
Holy Rollers. I think this was my favorite.
You're Not in Kansas Anymore. Get it? Love it!
The Valley of Lost Souls.
The hookah smoking caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.