WHAT TO DO ON A SATURDAY WITH A 3-DAY WEEKEND
Saturday morning, we slept in until almost mid-day (7:00 o’clock), rolled out, hit the gym, made a run to the Farmer’s Market, loading up on Breakfast Kolaches, and hit the road. For years, friends have told us about the car and toy museum near Fountain City, so we rolled out South on 93 to see what we could see. It was a beautiful day, and we made a pit stop at the Kwik Trip in Arcadia…must be the largest in the chain…it’s huge. Then on toward Fountain City and Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum. Along the way, we passed a number of riders participating in some kind of bicycle event (we thought maybe a charity drive of some kind, but were not really sure.)
We found our way to Elmer’s Museum, driving alongside a huge auto salvage yard that went on and on, right to the entry road to the museum. We were greeted by a charming lady who told us where to go and what to expect to see. (And even told us about the geezer discount.)
Nobody exaggerated to us about this place. There were buildings full, and I mean FULL, of classic cars of all descriptions, from Tin Lizzies to Daytonas, Rolls Royces to Woodies, and just about everything in between, most of them in showroom-like condition. And pedal cars; there are around 1,000 of them on the wall, and, we’re told, more in reserve. We wandered around those buildings for a couple of hours, then onto the home, where there’s another car inside. (“Doesn’t everybody have a car in their home”) We stopped for a nostalgic visit to the Summer Kitchen, pausing to take in the incredible view of the river below.
After that we went into the toy building. Just imagine every toy you could possibly have wanted, when you were a kid. There they were, many of them in multiples: cars, trains, motorcycles, buses, airplanes, tin wind-up toys of all kinds, games…it was all there.
We wandered over toward the big red barn, visiting with Elmer, himself, along the way. He and Sherry had a chat, talking about race drivers they both knew, when Elmer was involved with dirt track racing. The barn hald even more treaures, from cars and motorcycles, more pedal cars and pedal airplanes, tools, and a bunch more.
I told Elmer it wasn’t fair to have all these things, so many that we couldn’t begin to see them all in one trip. With a twinkle in his eye, he said, “That’s the idea.” And, sure enough, we’ll go back.
There was a lot of beautiful day left, after we left Elmer's, so we opted for a road cruise along the river over to Bay City and a visit to Flat Pennies for some ice cream. We'd just finished demolishing a couple of banana splits, when our friend Jim rolled into the parking lot, and we had a chance to visit with him, before we headed back home. A great day!