|Holy %$& Toto... we're in Kansas!|
I drove the first bits of the day, while William entertained himself photographing scenery, and birds out the car windows. Yeah he shoots birds now... I'm a good influence on him like that (Tee Hee).
|Kansas is... flat.|
|The quiet streets of Wamego, Kansas|
|Inside you try to get past the awesome gift shop|
The first thing you see on entering the actual musuem exhibits. Soooo cool.
All the characters have lots of memorabilia and objects from the 1939 movie.
|My favorite of the quartet|
|If he only had a brain|
|You best believe SHE was there too.|
|"I'll Get You My Pretty..."|
|Life sized rascals, including a Flying Monkey (which, as a kid, terrified me)|
|The guys get their wishes granted|
Loved a massive quilt from which I couldn't bring myself to only show one of its squares
|Witch & Flying Minky|
|I'VE GOT THE VIEW MASTER WIZARD OF OZ REELS!|
|This Tin Woodsman doll in guard garb is magnificent|
|FLYING FLUNKIES, I mean, FLYING MONKEYS!|
|In fact, Dorothy & Toto greet you at the get-go|
And here's me picking a fight with my favorite character, the cowardly lion.
|PUT 'EM UP!|
I LOVED Return to Oz, which bombed at the box office. I saw it with my mother. As the movie's end, I turned to my mother eagerly asking her, "Wasn't that great!"
My mother stared at me in amazement, asking in a slightly tremulous. startled voice, "You... you liked that?"
Ah! Those wonderful OZ memories, HAHAHAHAA!
|The WIZ was there...|
|And even the latest, OZ The Great and Powerful|
We departed the museum, drove back down the road a bit and hit the OZ Winery. We bought a few things at the winery, including some lovely chocolates. And yes, the wine is great, especially considering it is not the Napa Valley, but the main reason one should visit is to read the brilliant names of the various wines.
Come for the wine, stay for the labels!
Ok, Ok, I've totally gotten carried away here with a visit that was likely shorter than the time it takes to read this post. I know. I would post ALL my Wamego - but heck, here's one more.
|Aww... he has 'heart' to spare|