Roof Cows, Rust and Donkeys at Cool Springs Park
The very first time that I ever saw any reference to the Cool Springs Park store on Rt 50 in West Virginia was on Kathy’s blog – Appalachian Tours.
I had no conscious intention of visiting, it just happened to be on the route we were following for the day. When we pulled into the lot and I saw the cow on the roof, I thought, “Heeeeey, I know this place!” So thanks, Kathy!
Cool Springs Park is near a sweet set of switchbacks, there is a cow on the roof and what I didn’t know was that there are far more interesting things that this place holds in its bosom.
As you might imagine judging by the laundry list of items that are posted on their sign outside, they sell a loooot of interesting wares. It’s the kind of place that will make your husband say “Oh, no” when you pull up.
Their shelves were a haphazard hodgepodge of stuff piled up everywhere. It was no surprise to find that they held typical fare like magnets, rubber sharks, t-shirts, ceramic chickens,… bear traps. Natch.
Just like your local 7-11, right?
Outside behind the building they had some old machinery contraptions like mining equipment, tractors, small steam engines, antique cars that were returning to the Earth in the form of rust flakes.
But the absolute BEST part of our stop there – donkeys. Yes, two crazy cute, scruffy heehaws.
This one in particular took a shine to me. When I walked away after giving it some love it got up and followed me, leaning hard in to me begging for more scratchins.
I kind of loved this donkey a little too much. I wished I could’ve taken it home.
Wouldn’t it look cute wearing a helmet and goggles on the back of my bike?