“Big Things” Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Stephanie and I took a day trip to Louisville, Kentucky to photograph big things and do other touristy stuff the weekend before my heart valve surgery. We got photos of the giant Colgate clock (the second largest timepiece in the world!), then visited the Louisville Slugger museum to photograph the giant bat and also a giant baseball glove. (Check out the cute picture where Stephanie climbed in the glove!) On the way, we found another giant "bat" of the flying variety, on the side of the building of a costume shop. I also snapped some cool googie signs in downtown Louisville, and we saw the historical marker for the woman who wrote the song "Happy Birthday."

We also visited the Louisville Zoo to see the Gorilla Forest exhibit, and to snap a photo of a rhino while he was peeing. Their zoo is really great, and quite large. We went through pretty fast so we didn’t see everything. After the zoo, we went to a funky cool restaurant called Lynn’s Paradise Cafe to photograph the giant coffee pot and tea cups in the parking lot, and ended up staying for dinner in the arty, interesting restaurant and gift shop. We also managed to snap photos of a pair of giant stone hands in front of a not for profit center.

One thing I want to do on a future visit to Louisville is visit the Louisville Derby Clock by folk-art sculptor Barney Bright. It’s a 40-foot tall mechanical clock, built in 1976, with a racing scene including figures of Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark and other historic figures that race around the clock. It’s currently undergoing restoration, and we happened to see a promotion for it at Lynn’s Paradise Cafe.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

on the road.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

tanks painted like ears of corn.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Colgate Clock – 2nd largest in the world.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Giant "Bat" .

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

on the side of a costume shop.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Happy Birthday marker.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

cool googie sign.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

another cool googie sign.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

giant baseball.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

cool abandoned building.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Stephanie at the bat.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

giant bat at Slugger Museum

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

bat.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

bat.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

bat.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

bat.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Dunno if this is our neighbor or not.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

slugger wall .

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

giant glove.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Stephanie in glove.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

scary mannekin dude.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

me in front of bat.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville zoo – rhino peeing.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

beetle!

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

oliphant.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Microbus.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Monkey Island!!

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Monkey Island!!

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Monkey Island!!

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Monkey Island!!

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Awww.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

entrance to gorilla forest.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

hard to get good pictures.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

There was a crowd.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

And flash wouldn’t work.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Gorilla Behavior. Hee.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

One dude kept getting in my way.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

And told me how to use my camera.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

they all sit with their backs to us.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

they seem to hate people watching.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Gorilla butt.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

only up close pic I could get.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Dude, get out of my shot.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

they still won’t look.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

I kept expecting them to flip us off.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

distance gorillas.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

gorillas have big hands .

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

cool safari decor.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

more gorillas.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

gorillas.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

product placement.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

tired beaver.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Leopards.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

flamingos.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

peacocks out walking around.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

we could get fairly close.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

giraffes.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

giraffes.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

giant coffee pot.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Caption.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Caption.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

horse sculpture.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

dinosaur army on our table.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

funky cool interior.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Caption.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

fun bathroom decor .

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

I need to find this and take pictures.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

In the evening.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Giant kaleidoscope.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

coffee pot fountain.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

Giant Stone Hands.

"Big Things" Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky

We passed the blue monkey side show.

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