Smooth As Glass
Bench on the observation/visitor center level of the Flight 93 National Memorial in rural Pennsylvania. United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked on September 11, 2001 as part of coordinated terrorist attack on the United States. The heroic actions of the 40 passengers and crew prevented the plane from reaching its final destination, Washington, D.C. The plane crashed in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all on board. The observation level overlooks the Flight 93 flight path, crash site and debris field, the final resting place of the crew and passengers.
Home again after 3445 miles (5544 km), 19 days, 9 states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia), 1 wedding, 5 sisters, 2 brothers, 12 nieces and nephews, a grand niece and nephew, 2 extra family from Alexander street, one extra sister from Crookston, a Kokesh gathering, gladiola, several scenic byways, one camping trip, one river headwaters, one trip down memory lane on the University of Minnesota campus, a great visit with friends in Iowa and Ohio, and so much more. Had a wonderful road trip.
Where do all the molds for roadside attractions and other fiberglass art go? If it was manufactured by FAST (Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks) look no further than their mold yard in Sparta, Wisconsin.
In business for over 30 years, FAST began producing roadside attractions. It now makes water slides, fountains, sculptures, and many of the fiberglass animals on parade in cities.
FAST allows guests to wander through the mold yard at their own risk. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. The weather and nature have not been kind to the molds but that adds to their appeal.
Overstock item are displayed along the road. Priced are listed on FAST’s website. Santa goes for $11,193.
Products can be seen in Sparta.
65 Foot Tiger Muskie Statue
The king of fish in some Minnesota lakes. Legally, only muskies over 54 inches or longer can be kept. Anything smaller has to be released. The muskellunge, its proper name, is the top predator in Minnesota lakes. It is illusive and a fighter when caught. It is native to many Minnesota lakes though it is also stocked in other lakes because of its popularity with anglers.