Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 1 - #DogWalkingWeek

We are joining My GBGV Life and Cascadian Nomads in their #DogWalkingWeek celebration. The idea is to think of ways to get those peeps motivated to take you out EVERY day for a walk and an adventure. Our first motivation is "find a small town to go and visit ...one that has something unusual about it"

So for our Day 1 we went on a trip to Walnut Ridge - a small town of about 4,000 that is 20 miles from where we live. Now what would such a small town have to offer you are thinking - well in all honesty - not a lot. Like many such small dying towns - there are just a lot of empty stores, buildings and houses (sadly most are damaged beyond repair now). Many of them look to be from around the 1920s and must of been something in their glory days. Apart from that Walnut Ridge does have a small park  and we have been there before - but it is really just a walking loop and there is nothing much to explore.

BUUUTTTTTT - Walnut Ridge does have one claim to fame. It would appear that those Liverpool laddies the Beatles stopped there in 1964 when they were touring the USA. (insert sighs, gushes and amazement here - okay maybe not) Now Mom thinks it is kind of funny that you would brag they stopped there for a whole 15 minutes (more then likely just to take a pee because back then the plane like the one they were on didn't have bathrooms) You can read more about their MONUMENTAL 15 minute visit here and here .

Now having such a "claim" to fame Walnut Ridge has gone all out to celebrate the fact that the Beatles once pee'd stopped there and they have made their own little monument to them. The silhouette sculpture of the fab four stands in front of a washed out photo background of Abby road. Now Mom had to circle the town four times to find this as instead of it being somewhere prominent it is tucked away on a back street between a couple of old buildings and she actually drove by it twice without seeing it !!!!

We give them a 1 paw rating for "trying" as it is kind of drab and  blah really -  some plants, even a couple of trees in big pots would certainly help and we can attest that it really wasn't very sniff worthy. Every year Walnut Ridge also celebrates the Beatles visit with a Beatles festival and they have cover bands that play all the old Beatles songs - something I am happy to say we have not and will not in all likelihood ever attend :) We did however woof "I wanna hold your paw" all the way home :)


22 comments:

  1. LOL at wanna hold your paw. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. What a funny story! I'm sure for the people who witnessed it it had to be quite thrilling!

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  3. Katie wants to hold your paw too! She says not every adventure turns out to be super exciting. But it's all in the trying, right?!

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  4. We'll be singing 'I wanna hold your paw' all day now
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  5. It's great that you walked over a place where the Beatles walked along once too... wow!I saw her (them) standing there!

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  6. We are glad that you got your human out of the house!! We think we are going to see if we can get Mama to take us out and about today!!

    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  7. Well, a little bit of interesting history - they could make it into a bit of a tourist attraction and raise some money to improve it...but guess the Beatles aren't that much of an attraction anymore :(

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  8. OMD OMD OMD BOYZ...... we can NOT Even BELIEVE our EYES... all FOUR of them...

    OMD you have your PICTURE made with the ICONIC ABBY ROAD Crossing by the Beatles... THIS is AMAZING... and WONDERFUL and we LOVE IT TO BITS...
    OMD We know somebuddy who Crossed Abby Road... WITH THE BEATLES...
    OMD you two are FAMOUS NOW.

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  9. On the bright side, now you know it isn't the place for you, and you can mark it off your list! Tomorrow we have a similar idea for walking but it turned out way better than we had planned. One just never knows. Thanks for joining in the #DogWalkingWeek festivities!

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  10. WE need to find some cool places to go walk, mom says it would do us all some good!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

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  11. Awwwwwww, their 15 minutes of fame. We think that's cute. So sad that the small towns are dying out. Lots around here, too.

    Parkes, near us has an Elvis Festival every year....maybe they could do the same.

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  12. We think that's pretty awesome that you're posin' with the Fab Four, Reilly and Denny!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  13. Wow! The Beatles peed there!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  14. Wow, what a cool place for a walkie! My whole pack loves small towns and how fun that the mop-tops peed there. BWAR HAR HAR Of course, it's more important that you peed there. :)
    BTW: My town is so small that there isn't even one traffic light in my whole county. BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

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  15. Thanks for the update on that town....don't think we will be making a trip over there for their BEatle day either. Bu, happy you guys got to get out and visit for us!

    The Mad Scots

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  16. LOL, wanna hold your paw.. Now it's in my head, and will be all night long :)

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  17. We all love to walk, even Phantom, although he doesn't go very far. Now that the cooler temps are here, we are hoping to get Mom to take us out for a few walks every day and maybe get to some cool places like you do.

    Woos- Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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  18. Looks kind of....dull. What's for lunch?

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  19. You guys have some of the best adventures. I love reading about them.
    I nomimated you all for the Lovely Blog Award. Go to my blog to see the rules but you don't have to reciprocate.

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  20. Surprised you guys couldn't find the pee mail that they left! But its a really interesting story thanks! Love Dolly

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  21. That's funny. I guess any claim to fame is exciting. Hee hee hee!

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Thank you for woofing at us - we read each and every one of them