Friday, December 2, 2016

Come Fly With Me Sammy...to Vermont!


Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're participating in a fun blog hop hosted by Madi and Easy for my sweet friend Sammy from One Spoiled Cat. Sammy is dealing with the effects of aging and has not felt well for some time. He is purring for a few more good days with his peeps and is hopeful that with his vet's help he can rally a bit. Sammy is known for his Tuesday Teasers, where he posts a photo taken from somewhere around this great big world and then challenge us to guess where the picture was taken. Sammy and his peeps love virtual and real travel.

For this hop we've been asked to find a place in our city, state, country or home that we think Sammy would love to visit. Here's what we picked!

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I live in Vermont, and let's face it, we're known for being a bit weird. There's even a marketing campaign that uses the phrase "Keep Vermont Weird," and it's a title we wear as a badge of honor. (A great article about our beautiful state's quirkiness can be found here.)

But one of the strangest things you'll see in Vermont is right in my town of South Burlington and has become a landmark of sorts...whale tails on the side of Interstate 89 between Exits 12 and 13.


Wait a minute. Sea creatures in New England's only landlocked state???

Actually, it's a statue called "Reverence" created by Jim Sardonis in 1989. The sculpture depicts two tails of whales "diving" into a sea of grass and is meant to symbolize the fragility of the planet. The tails were made from 36 tons of African black granite and stand 12-13 feet tall, and reside on property known as Technology Park where Ben & Jerry's ice cream has its corporate headquarters.

The sculpture is on the cover of at least two books, Weird New England by Joseph A. Citro and the art history textbook A World of Art by Henry Sayre.


Whaddya think, Sammy? Wanna come see the whale tails in purrson?

Note from Mommy:

One of the hosts of this fun hop, Easy Rider, had to unexpectedly go the Bridge shortly after planning this event. We didn't know Easy well but did know what a beloved part of the pet blogosphere he was. Life can change in a heartbeat. After losing Truffles within the span of 2 hours I know that all too well. My heart is breaking for his family because I remember the shock of losing a pet so tragically and suddenly.


27 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

That was fun! I didn't know about these sculptures!

Clowie said...

That's a fascinating sculpture.

Flynn said...

That was a fun trip to see those sculptures!

Mara said...

We love those and we would love to see them in real life! Wow!

Mara, Brom and Miss Oswin from Norway

Sabina Ayne said...

What fun sculptures!! Hope you had a good time with Sammy!!

The Menagerie Mom said...

Oh, you sure found a purrfect place to take Sammy, Mudpie! We ourselves had never heard of these wonderful whale tails before, but now we really want to come over there to visit you and see them for ourselves. What fun!

We are sending our thoughts and prayers to Easy's family, as well as purrs and prayers to Sammy.

Mark Muller said...

the sculptures are great... and I bet the feline world agrees... sadly they are not made for bbq, right? thanks for including our beloved boy... it means so much to be not alone this time...

Roby Sweet said...

That sculpture looks like a fun thing for Sammy to see. I bet he will love it :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Melissa. I learned something new about VT. Sorry for your friends loss of Easy.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

That sculpture is really cool (and also weird ... but mostly cool!).

Priscilla King said...

I learned something today! Thanks for sharing! Sorry to read about Sammy though.

The Florida Furkids said...

What fun!!!

The Florida Furkids

Three Chatty Cats said...

What a cool place for Sammy to visit on his tour.

Anonymous said...

Dat's a pawsum weird Mudpie. We just flew over Oklahoma with Sammy, since we don't really know much 'bout things to do and see. Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Austin Towers said...

We are all getting a extensive geography lesson, Mudpie! What a great place! We are sure going to miss Sammy! xx

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

Wow! Sounds like Vermont is an interesting place - love those statues and I think Sammy would love it there!

Madi and Mom said...

Ohhhh Vermont is on my peep's list of must sees
Thanks for joining us
Hugs madi your bfff

Two French Bulldogs said...

Sammy is sure going to be busy
Lily & Edward

Colehaus Cats said...

What a beautiful and fun place! We bet Sammy is having a blast visiting you.

Katie Kat said...

I can just imagine the whales diving into the sea... beautiful sculptures to visit with Sammy... you could play tag around and around them too!
Fun to be weird!!! Sammy would have loved visiting the sculptures with you.
Purrz from the Katie Katz.

Anonymous said...

Pawsum tour you gave Unccle Sammy Mudpie! Yur so sweet!!!
Sadlee Unccle Sammy flew rite uppy to Pure Land.....mee an ladyMum been cryin all day. Tryin to visit bloggiess....tryin to bee brave....
***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I bet Sammy loved this. He will be so missed.

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! That is weird! Not even NJ is that weird.

The Island Cats said...

What a fun trip for Sammy! We know Sammy loved this because it's so weird! :) We sure will miss him.

Caren Gittleman said...

We have always wanted to visit Vermont so we thank you for this tour and we are certain that Sammy loved it too. catchatwithcarenandcody

Nellie Kowalik said...

Mes or actually Mommy, would LOVES to sees those sculptures is real life. Her degree is in sculpture and she has admired these for a long time.
Mes KNOW Sammy loved them too!!!
Kisses
Nellie

Dash Kitten said...

Ooooh we love that. Mudpie this is totally brilliant! Sammy will love this!!!!