You never know when a quest will arise, one of those destinations where you just have to see with your own eyes. For some it is the Vatican; for others the Eiffel Tower, for others, the Great Wall of China.
For me it has been the Land of Giants!
Several years ago as Anita and i were making our way north to Bar Harbor, Maine (another one of my “Quest Locations”) she casually looked online to see some places that you need to see! (How DID we travel before cellphones?)
There were some that we knew because we had stopped before—of course you have to stop at South of the Border!
We discovered that not far off the interstate you can see the World’s Largest Lightbulb! So enlightening!
But the place that we didn’t get to was The Land of Giants. It wasn’t on the way, so we relaxed knowing that it is in WV, so surely we would get there. But the years and trips passed and we never got there!
But this week after a wonderful long weekend with our family I learned that the Land of Giants was only a few miles away! How could we NOT go?
What is this place of such attraction? It is the story of every pack rat gone wild!
It is an “everyman story!” George and Pam Farnham moved to WV from Washington, DC where h had been an attorney. He had always wanted a fiberglass dinosaur to put down at the pond! Well, one thing led to another! A Midas Muffler Man, a surfer dude, you name it! And they are all there!
How can you not go and see them?
Now lets be honest, even though the sign proclaims that this is Unger West Virginia’s Only Amusement Park, it will never be confused with Disney World. But then, a quest isn’t always about the destination. It is about the journey, the searching, the hope. They are rarely achieved in a straight line, often after meandering off the interstate. But then, there it is!
And afterward…. there is that sense of achievement, but then a new nagging.
What will be the next quest?
I hear that the World’s Largest Teapot is in Chester, WV? Maybe next time…