The Millennium Falcon is Off to See the Wizard in Wamego, KS… 10/01/16

IMG 8449

Folks, I make a good, sturdy TinMan, don’t I? My big head fits the role so well…

IMG 8447

And here’s my Dorothy… I wish we had a toto for this picture…

IMG 8453

Oh there he is and he seems to love Mexican food… Who would have thought…

IMG 8456

Folks, we are in #Wamego,Kansas… Tracey was looking for cool things to do on our way to the #NationalLampoonsVacationTour… And she found this special town in #Kansas, which is known to be the home of #TheWizardOfOz…

IMG 8458

And wouldn’t you know, they were having their annual #WizardOfOzFestival also… With dress up competitions, all kinds of #WizardOfOzMemorabilia and fun activities…. Above is the #YellowBrickRoadCakeWalk… It just isn’t a festival without a #CakeWalk…

IMG 8459

Dorothy’s #RubyRedSlippers Cookies with emerald star cookies…

IMG 8461

They had this awesome car show with all kinds of old and antique cars… This #VolkswagenTruck would be nice to convert into a #RV…

IMG 8462

Along with the #Delorean from #BackToTheFuture…

IMG 8463

Who would have thought I would have to go back in time to get to the future…

IMG 8466

They even have their own wine at #TheOzWinery… They had all kinds of wine with labels celebrating some part of The Wizard of Oz…

IMG 8468

And there were some pretty awesome costumes…

IMG 8469

Kids and adults participating…

IMG 8471

I thought this was a real guy above, when I first approached… Remember Halloween is only a month away and this old guy would shake as he got electrocuted by the car battery… lol!

IMG 8474

The #CoffeeShop was something very special… The guy roasts all kinds of coffee from around the world every night… He said the whole town of #Wamego smells like fresh coffee at 3am…

IMG 8477

I bought myself two bags of fresh coffee beans… And the owner even showed me his passion by bringing me into the back and showing me all of the raw coffee beans he gets from across the world… #ParamourCoffee was the best coffee shop experience I have ever had… And his coffee was awesome… You even got to sample all of the coffee before you chose the bean you wanted to take home…

IMG 8488

The costume competition was so cute… There were so many little #FairyGodMothers…

IMG 8503

This guy won the Tin Man Competition…

IMG 8505

#WickedWitches… I guess the little girls all wanted to be the good witch… lol…

IMG 8507

This guy looks like a lion without the costume, with his long, natural hair…

IMG 8511

Not everyone can win but the effort was impressive…

IMG 8514

And all of the winners folks… I guess they get to click their heels and go home now…

IMG 8523

Then we got to tour this absolutely amazing #OzMuseum with all kinds of original #WizardOfOzMemorabilia… If you are a fan of this classic movie, you need to come and check out this #museum… It’s magnificent!

IMG 8530

I thought this was the cutest picture above… Really look at the Tin Man and you will see he has a bored little visitor nestled in his arms…

IMG 8539

They had this amazing blend of original artifacts from the actual movie blended in with live, still scenes from the actual film…

IMG 8542

I never knew that The Wizard of Oz was a children’s book series long before the movie was made… I wonder if #L.FrankBaum thought his children series would have made it this big? He was more infatuated with the theatre and performing… Numerous times he tried to convert his books into plays…

IMG 8547

That’s exactly why #TheTravelingMac doesn’t just focus on one art… I notice that all of the great artists of the past had their hands in everything that inspired them… They had many different passions and found one passion to live off of while they pursued their even bigger passions…

IMG 8550

It’s almost like you don’t want to do your most favorite passion as a job because then it becomes work, instead of play…

IMG 8555

I almost prefer to make a living off of one of my more practical passions and keep my true passions for inspiration in my life instead of smothering them with success, deadlines and money, which are huge passion killers for me!

IMG 8564

This museum took you through all of the iconic scenes from the movie…

IMG 8581

From meeting each member along #TheYellowBrickRoad…

IMG 8585

Then you go through the #HauntedWoods… Which was a little scary… Definitely scary for a child…

IMG 8586

I had to turn on my flash for the images to come out on camera…

IMG 8588

You could hear monkeys in the background with all kinds of scary noises…

IMG 8589

Then you finished your tour through the haunted woods with the #WickedWitch send off… If I was a kid, I would be petrified of this mannequin…

IMG 8594

I don’t know how #Wamego got all of these original items from the books and film… I guess if you build a museum and convert your town into memorabilia of a classic film, people donate such things to help your efforts… I couldn’t imagine how much money in memorabilia this museum has… It has to be in the millions!

But yet, just like they stated in the movie Field of Dreams… If you build it, they will come…

IMG 8595

I couldn’t even imagine how much effort and time went into creating this museum…

IMG 8598

It’s not The Wizard of Oz folks, with out #Oz and #TheEmeraldCity….

IMG 8599

And as you leave you are sent away by #TheGoodWitch…

IMG 8614

To enter #Wamego,Kansas once again…

IMG 8625

And a day in OZ isn’t complete unless you follow the yellow brick road…

IMG 8619

The yellow brick road brings you through the town and directs you to the town park…

IMG 8622

Everywhere you looked, there was some sort of a #movie reference…

IMG 8623

What a special town which would probably be overlooked if it wasn’t for their passion for this #ClassicFilm…

IMG 8626

But this is what passion does folks… When you follow your passions and don’t deter from the path, you end up creating towns like these…

IMG 8628

I’m sure they weren’t thinking of money when they decided to do this…

IMG 8629

They just wanted to create a little town that commemorated a classic film…

IMG 8652

A classic film that changed how we view movies.. only to become one of the most #IconicMovies of all time…

IMG 8675

I could safely say if this movie didn’t exist, #America would not be the same country today…

IMG 8684

That’s how iconic this film is… It has not only impacted this great country, it has had an enormous impact across the world…

IMG 8686

That’s why I write with passion folks because you never know what impact your writing will have in the future…

IMG 8690

If you’re just doing it for money and fame, there’s no way you can come up with such a magical story…

IMG 8691

Only the #PassionateDreamers come up with classics like these…

IMG 8693

Tracey and I couldn’t resist some #Toto’sTacos… They were delicious…

IMG 8696

Then when you thought your fulfilled day was coming to an end…

IMG 8519

I found a flier for a #HauntedHouse that just recently opened…

IMG 8699

And it was one of their first days open…

IMG 8703

At the check in they asked if we wanted to do the scary tour or the Really scary tour… It took me a lot of convincing to get Tracey just to enter this place, so we went with the lighter one… I guess in the extreme tour they are allowed to touch you and you have to crawl through some very small, tight places…

IMG 8706

Now I was weary of this haunted house because high school students put it together… But let me tell you, it was one of the best Haunted Houses I have ever been to… You went through the basement which was originally a #mortuary… I’m seriuos! This building was actually a mortuary in the past… So that fact made it even more scary…

But my favorite moment was when this clown appeared from far away… He beckoned me with his single, curled finger… signaling me to follow him as he walked up some stairs… It gave me chills but Tracey and I still followed… Then all of a sudden I ran into a glass wall, mashing my face… The clown tricked me… He got me to run into this glass wall that you couldn’t possibly see… it scared the crap out of me…

You wouldn’t think this is scary but these kids were masters of bringing you out of your element… They put fear into you by confusing you and making you feel lost… then they would blend in some jumpy moments which were very effective due to the fact you felt so confused and disoriented…

Magnificent job! I would come back to Wamego  just to go through this haunted house again… It was worth the trip alone!

Tell the Traveling Mac what you think... be nice now...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s