Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cool Places in America~ Vollis Simpson's Whirlygig 's Wilson North Carolina

Its your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months....

 I remember watching Vollis make one of his Whirlgigs when my parents had a contract with this company in North Carolina. I got to hand him wrenches and even paint an old weather vane he stuck on one.



When Vollis retired at 65, he got bored and started erecting windmills that resembled wind toys on his neighbor's houses and fences. For the next 30 years he kept building them until he died a few years ago at 94. Now they are moving them from his farm to a dedicated park. He sure was an old wise cracker.

Check them out:
http://www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org/


 ~Tyler

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Cool Places in America~ McDonald Observatory

Its your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months....

Near Fort Davis is this mountain which is 7,000 feet above sea level and 150 miles from any light pollution. My parents had a contract to create software to plot the movement of a certain galaxy back through time. How cool is that they were creating a software program that acted like a time machine!

Well, McDonald Observatory is on top of that mountain. We used to sit outside and have picnics under the stars. Stars, there were millions of them available to the naked eye. I never seen so many stars since Hog Wallow back in the Pine Barrens on that large Cranberry Bog. Then 3 times a week we could look through their largest telescope and the universe opened up to us. It was amazing.

People come up here to have evening talks to astronomers, have dinner under the stars, and well...look at them in all of their grandeur.  During their "Star Parties" they let you use their largest telescope. Here is their link for more info.

http://www.mcdonaldobservatory.org



 ~Tyler

To find out more about Tyler visit Salem House Press and buy Tyler's latest book "Tyler Moves to Gibsonton Florida" on Amazon.com. It is now available in paperback at most bookstores. Ask for it by name. Remember to check back often for cheap vacation ideas that might become your best vacation ever!