Saturday, July 24, 2010

Follow the Yellow Brick Road


Okay, favorite movie of all time (told you it would come up again) The Wizard of Oz.  As a child watched it every year starting at age sisters and I would gather for possibly one of the biggest nights of our year, The Wizard of Oz was coming on the television.  I can still remember how excited I would be each time.  Then there was that horrible event that occurred one year when we were at my Uncle Jack and Aunt Roseva's in Oak View, CA.  The movie had barely gotten started and an electrical storm came through and knocked out the power!!!!!!  Words cannot describe the would be equivalent to waiting for Santa all year and just prior to him reaching our house we find out his sleigh broke down.... and therefore will not make it to Fisk Lane until NEXT YEAR???????

So needless to say today's adventure was a biggie for me!! Shortly after breakfast we headed down the highway to Wamego Kansas, home of the Wizard of Oz Museum.  Upon our arrival Bob headed to the trunk and handed me a surprise.....prior to starting our trip he had purchased my my very own ruby slippers and a Glenda the good witches wand :-)

I had made it!  I'm here at the Oz Museum at last and I can't wait to get in the door!

Once in side is the store where they make all the money off us Oz fans.....more on that later.  I didn't even want to shop, I needed to be inside!  We purchased our tickets and  I opened the door............

There she was, Dorthy Gale....and Toto too!!!!!!  I  turn around and there he was, the Scarecrow... I checked his stuffing immediately and all look fine ....

 I then see the ruby slippers on the witch that Dorthy's house landed tempting to remove them and try then on :-)

 Gave the Tin Man a little oil ....he looked so real.....real?.....what?  Of course I know the Tin Man was an actor in costume......?

The cowardly lion, I confess I did want to give him a little hug.....he was so the movie.

And there she was...............................the WICKED WITCH !!  

 I reminded myself she was never real.....I agreed to sit on the broom with her if just for the photographic proof ......and no I don't have a broom of my own :-)

Then, there was the flying monkey......I was so deathly afraid of them year after year as a child.....
but today, I confronted my fears.  I faced that monkey and I experienced victory over that monkey!
He doesn't look nearly as scary in this photo as he was in real life the movie.......

The Poppy Fields really do make you drowsy....

And there she was......Glenda the Good Witch.  As beautiful as ever.....she's the one on the left in the long pink gown.

I was hesitant, but I had come all this way..... I had to knock!
The door wasn't as big as the original and the all powerful Oz had used some Grecian Formula or something on his hair.  Not a white hair on his head...... :-)

It was not allowed, but I did almost get all the way on the powerful Oz's husband accused me of being a rule breaker, a rebel of sorts ......imagine!

Ahh.. the instructions, Follow the Yellowbrick Road......
and so I did....................

It led me to the theater where the movie plays non stop.....I could have sat all day.  Fortunately for the sake of time....we caught the end just as she was clicking those ruby slippers together.....

...and there she was back in her room surrounded by the people she loved most....

Ready to leave the Land of Oz.....and shop!!!

I have to admit I shopped and shopped and purchased many Oz memories of my morning at the museum...the pictures are the proof.

Do you suppose that Dorthy is somewhat responsible for my abundance of shoes????? 

Okay, so I bought another book bag...... The proceeds went to the museum, how could I not!

Now lets give credit where credit is due.......................................

Never new Toto was played by Toto!

It's not over folks, we also spotted these little surprises just outside....

So that was my morning at the Wizard of Oz Museum......and for that short time I wasn't in  Kansas was a dream come true!


  1. So many memories came flooding back to me as I looked at these pictures. A dream come true for you and you took the time to share it with us...what fun! Your husband's gift was so impressive and thoughtful.