Anatomy of a tour- (different) side trips
While the natural wonders we have seen in this tour are almost beyond description, the unnatural wonders inspire so many words.
The biggest ball of twine was on my list. We drove to Cawker City Kansas to see it. It is big, it is twine, it is full of controversy. You see, there is another ball of twine in Darwin Minnesota. It is smaller, but is the effort of one man not a group. Someday we shall see it too. To be honest, the compulsion of one man to amass twine is more interesting.
There was much to see in Kansas. Yeah, Kansas, who knew. Before this trip my knowledge of Kansas was based entirely on The Wizard of Oz. if there is a real Oz it is certainly in Lucas, KS. Home of The Garden Of Eden, Florence Deebble’s Garden, and the best bathroom I have ever seen.
We went to Lucas to celebrate Florence Deeble and see the garden of found object and concrete sculptures that she created. She started when she was quite young filling in a small pond recreating favorite places and memorializing people and events. Her home has become a gallery of sorts. The garden of Eden is larger and more well known among connoisseurs of roadside oddities. But for me it was far less appealing.
The town encourages and supports its art and artists. Evident throughout the town but most obviously at the public rest room.It’s building structure looks like the tank of a toilet and the entry walk way from the sidewalk like a seat. Look down to see a blue swirl of a mosaic with the many objects that may have been dropped in. An additional path appears to be a large roll of unfurling tp. The inside is a series of beautiful mosaics created by local artists using materials from the town folk.
We were treated to a tour by Rosie Cowan. Diminutive in stature but with enormous energy and enthusiasm, Rosie gave us the back story, the details, all the inside poop. Sorry. I had to. You understand. The stories of the people of Lucas KS are in the artwork; a man’s chess set, a woman’s blue China, jewelry, matchbox cars. By the way, Lucas entered a contest for best public loo. They didn’t win but they were number two. Seriously.
Holbrook AZ is the home of the Wigwam Motel which I have always called the Teepee Motel. Unbelievable. Wigwam shaped cottages are for rent. We met a couple who was staying there and got to peep inside! There are vintage cars out in front of each Wigwam. Truly magical. Might stay there someday. Still calling it the Tepee Motel.
I hope you love this stuff half us much as I do. To see much of it you have to leave the beaten path. It’s a bit out there (some of it quite a bit out there) but so often worth the drive.