Groundhogs Day 2007
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So Thursday night (well, friday morning at 12:15AM) I left my house to go pick up Becky in Cranberry to go on a little road trip! We were going to Punxy to see Phil!! We ventured out on our 2 hour trek to the Knob to join in the festivities!!! We were driving...trying to follow the directions and we saw a line of cars behind us...evertime we turned they turned with us...it was like follow the leader!
We got to Walmart in Punxy where they had busses there to take the Knob trekkers on the last mile and a half trek up to Gobbler Knob where there were festivities that people of all ages could join in! We went to get on the bus and there were cops there to pat you down.
We get up to the festivities...where luckily they put a big bon fire for the people...because it was freezing and all the guys in top hats were walking around and there was a stage with P.H.I.L girls dancing and a games like price is right and how much do you know about your college games to bring the audience in. There was also a vulgar man dressed like a Tiger walking around and of course 2 people dressed like Phil himself and a whole bunch of phil hats...I sort of felt left out.
But anywho...the weather was 27 degrees (so they say...it did feel colder, like 12 degrees or so).
So we waited in line for about a half hour to get some hot chocolate! It seemed like longer though...which is a story in itself.
So becky and I realized that Bill Murry didn't have the same day repeat itself.
At 7:30ish AM they had the ceremony to pull out the rodent to see if it was going to be a short winter...and it was...sigh =*(...but I did get to see a bit of history. So my last blog stated I got to see snow fall in Phoenix and that made history. Well, Phil did see his shadow...which this is only the 15th time in 121 years that it has happened!!! The last time was in 1999...go figure! So that was cool.
Once at walmart we got in our car to get to the town of Punxytawney to go to the little part activities, shop, eat and most importantly sleep for a bit. Yes...we parked and took a cat nap in the car for a half hour which was wonderful...and a good refresher! We got up...stopped off in a shop and looked around and asked where to go get breakfast...this is like 10:30ish. Well, we were told to go to the hotel and that they have the best food in town...well, what I say is don't go there to get food. It was an all you can eat buffet of pan cakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, eggs, muffins and drinks.
So we walk around...mail some post cards and I found the groundhog cookie cutter I wanted to get that was going to cost me $20 to get sent to me for 3 bucks and left around 2PM...which felt like eternity!
As we were driving home we hit a lot of snow...it got pretty bad...passed some accidents and almost got in one myself when a guy in a neon decided to slam on his breaks and almost spun as he skidded to help someone who just did a skid off the road!! Stupid idiot...don't you know to slow down slowly and pull off the road...I guess not. We did the rest of the drive home and I got back around 5PM...but didn't go to bed until 11:30...my usual bed time. I do have to say I felt very aware with only having 2 1/2 hours of sleep since 7AM the day before when I woke up and went to work...