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I Got the Boot… Three Times

I Got the Boot… Three Times

Sometimes I’m not sure if I get on some sort of unconscious jag that makes me seek out groupings of things or if I just happen to be moving across a sticky thread of the universal web that keeps putting them in my path.

What am I talking about?


Are you superstitious? Do you think things happen in threes? Well, over the last 3 months I’ve had 3 big boots come into my life.

First there was a visit to the Haines’ Shoe House which is decidedly boot-like and all sorts of awesome.

Haines Shoe House

Then on a pitstop at LL Bean in Freeport, Maine I saw the giant Bean boot.

Giant Bean Boot - LL Bean Maine

Boot number three came rather serendipitously to complete the trifecta of footwear.

A few weekends ago I rode past the ruins of a place once called Fairy Tale Forest in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. Behind the fence of what is now a self-storage facility there was a giant boot-house was being refurbished.

fairy tale forest boot

You can go a whole lifetime without seeing any giant boots. Then whammo! they’re everywhere.

What does it all mean?


Dreams Do Come True: Visiting the Haines Shoe House

Dreams Do Come True: Visiting the Haines Shoe House

Shoe House Road SignThere is no rhyme or reason why some things take up residence in your imagination. For years now, I have had a hankering to visit the Haines Shoe House.

Kenny and I passed it once while heading down Route 30 about 5 years ago but never doubled back to visit. Since then, it has been a big boot-shaped ghost in my mind. I’ve been haunted.

Well, baby… I’m happy to report that I have FINALLY set foot inside the big shoe and it was wonderful. ::weeps::

The Haines Shoe House

The fabulous Wendyvee of Roadside Wonders once mentioned something on Twitter to the effect of “they serve ice cream in the heel.” As I took my helmet off and excitedly squealed those words to Kenny, he looked at me like I was an idiot. You’d think I would be used to that by now.

It is worth the trip. Shoe house, I love you!

197 Shoe House Road
Hellam, PA 17406

shoe house window shoe house dog house

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