Punxs'y Points: |
Elevation: 1439' abv sea lvl
Claim to Fame:
Weather Capital of the World
Days above 85F: 22
Days below 33F: 32
Because we all know why you're really buying a Cadillac...
A Look Back...|
Punxsutawney Phil and his ancestors have been predicting the weather since 1887. Here are
saw his shadow.|
didn't see his shadow.
Punxsutawney Phil's Accuracy Rate: 39%
The Shadow Knows...
Oct 8 -
Most of the time, we have those kinds of days where we get ourselves all geared up for a city
or an attraction, only to arrive and have reality lay the smack down on us. Like the day we
hit Plymouth Rock, or the
Nash Dinosaur Tracks in Western
Massachusetts. Heck, the Crayola Factory
in Easton, Pennsylvania was pretty lame too. There we'd be, bouncing away in the car
with a big fat yellow circle on the map, only to be hit with an admission fee to crap.
And then there are days like today. Today is the kind of day we dream about. Punxsutawney
is everything we like in a roadtrip destination, complete with a town mascot, friendly
townsfolk, a theme-oriented local eatery, and an outright, full-scale "Claim to Fame".
Who put Punxsutawney on the map? First, a rodent. Second, Bill Murray.
Punxsutawney is a town that puts the Capital (Weather Capital, that is) in Capitalism.
Have you ever really sat down and thought about Groundhog Day? February 2nd, if a groundhog
sees his shadow, we'll have six more weeks of winter. That's the whole holiday. It's like
basing your whole town's economy on "In like a lion, out like a lamb".
Punxsutawney Phil and Phyllis, famous marmot prognosticators.
But they do it, and do it well. We saw the stage setup at Gobbler's Knob, the Groundhog Zoo at the
library, and the proposed Groundhog clock for the town square. They had groundhogs on the diner,
the road, the car wash, the fire department, the sides of buildings. They had Phil sweaters, Phil
umbrellas, Phil thermometers, Phil frisbees, figurines, chocolate candies, and snowglobes. They had
postcards with the mayor wearing his little top hat and Phil wearing his little top hat. Incidentally,
it would rock to be the mayor of Punxsutawney. If I could pick a town to be mayor of, this would
Meet Dean HeLal:|
Owner of Punxy Phil's 'Cakes & Steaks
What a nice guy! We asked at the gas station where we could find a good place to eat. She said there
were really only two diners in town. Taking a right at the second light would take you to Gimmick's, but
a left at the fourth light brought you to Punxy Phil's (Why do small towns give you directions by traffic
We entered Phil's and met the owner at the cash register. He guessed we were from out of town and
chatted with us for a bit. Besides "where are you from" and "where are you headed", his first question
was "Did you see the movie?" Of course we had... one of our favourites.
His food was excellent, his staff was friendly, and his place was awesome. There was a great mural on
one of the walls, of Mr. & Mrs. Groundhog reading the February 2nd newspaper in their hidey hole. If
you're ever passing through Punxy, say hi to Dean!
The best part about Punxsutawney (besides spelling it) was the fact that we actually got to meet Phil!
He wasn't one of those snobby celebrities that won't even smile when you ask them for an autograph. He
just went about his groundhog business at the library, and took a moment to stop and wave at a couple
of adoring fans. What a guy!
And what a town! We'll be back someday, Punxsutawney!
Good Day. Sunshine.
Tomlinson Run State Pk
Site #11. Tonight we discover the benefit of an electrical site. We can work on the site
as long as we like and not worry about the car battery dying. Of course we don't have
an extension cord, so I'm way over here and the fire's way over there.
By the way, Aimee cooked up an awesome thanksgiving dinner! Yummy!
|K's Order:||Punxy's Omelette,|
|A's Order:||Pigs in little thin crepey blankets|
|Dessert:||Fire Roasted Apples!|
Don't That Beat All!
There we were, driving out of our campground on Canadian Thanksgiving, and a bunch of wild turkeys run across the road in front
of the car. They must have known.
Happy Turkey Day to all our Canadian fans!
Happy Columbus Day to the Americans!
Happy Groundhog Day to anyone else!