Punxsutawney Phil “walked” the Camino de Santiago

I did not walk the 482-mile Camino de Santiago alone. In addition to meeting people from all over the world, I brought a cute furry friend along. You see my birthday is on February 2nd, Groundhog’s Day, so I brought a photograph of Punxsutawney Phil with me on my journey. You know, the infamous groundhog, “the Seer of Seers, the Sage of Sages, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators, the Weather Prophet Extraordinaire.” The star of the movie along with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. A bit strange to bring a picture of a groundhog on a pilgrimage across northern Spain, you Continue Reading →

And the Winner is…Punxsutawney Phil in the Cotswolds

I. Won. First. Place! In the International Category of the “Worldwide Adventures of Punxsutawney Phil” photography contest! The premise of the contest is that the Groundhog Club provided me with a picture of Punxsutawney Phil that my husband and I took with us on our travels this past summer, both nationally and internationally. The background as to why I wanted to take Phil with us on various adventures is because, well, my birthday is on Groundhog’s Day. And it sounded like fun to compose pictures with Phil in them. This winning picture was taken during our 12-day walk through the Continue Reading →

The “Other” Gobblers Knob – on Mount Rainier

“The “other” Gobbler’s Knob? What? What do you mean?” you ask. “I thought there was only one Gobbler’s Knob. The one two miles east of the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. You know, the one where each year on February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, ‘the Seer of Seers, the Sage of Sages, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators, the Weather Prophet Extraordinaire,’ makes his weather prediction from Gobbler’s Knob. The place from where, since 1887, Phil has told us whether there will be six more weeks of winter, or if spring is just around the corner. The one at about 1,620 Continue Reading →

Lots of Things to Do on Groundhog’s Day Weekend in Punxsutawney

When my husband and I went to Punxsutawney, PA to celebrate our birthdays on Groundhog’s Day weekend earlier this month, we had no idea how much fun we would have during our three days there. Yes, we knew we would be waking up at the wee hours of the morning to see the World’s Most Famous Weatherman tell us if we needed to keep our rain jackets and snow boots out, or if we could bring our spring clothes out of the closet. Sure we also had some idea of what other activities we might do because I printed lists Continue Reading →

Phun with the “Phantastic Phils” of Punxsutawney, PA!

No, the title of this blog does not have typos. The “Phantastic Phils” of Punxsutawney are a series of 32 plump, six-foot-tall, larger-than-life, friendly, colorful, creative, whimsical, artistic statues of the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, the World’s Most Famous Weatherman. An outdoor public art project of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, these statues that decorate the streets and landscapes of Punxsutawney took two and a half years to complete. The “Phantastic Phils” are not only considered “members” of the community, but they are “scattered around the community greeting residents on a daily basis and delighting visitors who eagerly search them Continue Reading →