A few weeks ago on our vacation we drove by the world’s largest peanut. I honestly couldn’t believe our luck!
I love planning quirky, memorable travel for my family. I spend a lot of time researching not only our destinations, but our routes as well. Of course showing the kids national landmarks, and historical locations rank at the top of our priority list. But do you know what they also remember years later? The weird stuff.
Typically nothing escapes my travel radar. I’ve been know to go pretty far out of the way in our travels to experience something cool or to add value to our trip. It’s rare something surprises me along our route. However, this particular trip was planned in less than 24 hours. Due to Hurricane Matthew we changed our beach destination from the Atlantic to the Gulf. As you can imagine, in my scramble to plan, I never even looked at our route.
So there we were, driving through middle-of-nowhere Alabama when we passed the world’s largest peanut. Normally it takes a small amount of begging to get my husband to pull the car over. But, when you see the world’s largest peanut, you know you’re seeing something special. Without even asking, he turned the car around and headed back to the giant statue.
My 4-year old was sound asleep in his carseat. Typically this would mean that we don’t stop the car under any circumstances short of running out of gas. In fact, we’d been driving by beautiful cotton fields for an hour and I was dying to take a picture. I didn’t dream of waking him for a picture with a cotton field. But, this peanut statue was a once in a lifetime experience.
I snapped a few pictures with the peanut and then explained to my kids the significance of the moment. We talked about peanuts and giant statues, and we agreed to google more information as soon as we got back on the road. As Brent guided the car back onto the 2-lane road, I typed “World’s Largest Peanut” into my google search bar.
“Ashburn, GA” it read. Realizing my mistake, I typed “World’s Largest Peanut Statue.”
“Ashburn, GA” popped up again. I scrolled down the list of links searching desperately for the town of “Dothan, AL.” Nope.
So, as it turns out, we didn’t see the world’s largest peanut statue that day. In fact, I’m not even sure that statute in Alabama makes the top 10. But we did have a good laugh about the whole thing. And we made memories.