The skies are filled with puffy clouds and the temperature is 60°. I have to say these are “wide open spaces” out here…but my hostess says there is plenty to see.
I’m skipping up the sidewalk to check out my digs.
My host, Penny, was very excited to see me. She said she is a Phyllis World Tour groupie. She wears her April Fool Phyllis t-shirt when she reads the World Tour posts. The t-shirt puts her in a special groundhog mood. She introduced me to Flo, the flamingo, who lives in her backyard. Penny read to Flo. Flo loved the book so much that she insisted on reading it herself. I didn’t realize that flamingos could read…but I didn’t realize groundhogs could go on world tours, either.
I feel very special to have gotten a guest room with the perfect bed for burrowing. Look at that mound of pillows.
This morning I woke up refreshed. It is very windy outside and will be in the mid 70’s today. We started the day with my favorite breakfast…yummy, syrupy, buttery pancakes.
Oh! I’m soooo full. I ate like a groundhog.
To start our day, we are off to visit some prairie dogs.
We are both rodents, but I am from the marmota monax species, whereas prairie dogs belong to the cynomys species. If you would like to read more about us here is a link for groundhogs, and here is a link for prairie dogs.
Even though we aren’t the same species, they sort of felt like cousins because they live in burrows, too. I had no idea I had cousins in Abilene, Texas…but I do…lots of them. They were a friendly sort. I guess they have to be friendly, because they live in their own little prairie dog town within one of the city’s most popular public parks—Red Bud Park. This video shows just how friendly one little prairie dog was on our visit.
Next, I had a chance to visit the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL).
Abilene is very lucky to have this special place. Here is a quote from their website. “The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature collaborates with award-winning artists to produce exhibitions of their artwork that are distinctive, appealing to museum visitors of all ages, and of the highest quality. In addition to this unique artistic partnership, following its debut at the NCCIL gallery each exhibition travels to museums, public libraries, and galleries nationwide.” Here is a list of the artists whose work has been displayed at the NCCIL. Here is a link to the NCCIL website.
Currently, Dan Yaccarino’s work is on display. Click here to view his website.
Penny doesn’t have any kids at home, but she took me on a quick road trip to visit her great nieces and nephews. They were thrilled to be a part of the my world tour.
Before I left Abilene, I got to experience a little of the West Texas flavor! Here I am in my new red cowboy hat.
And here I am riding an armadillo. The armadillo is the official small mammal of Texas.
As you can see, Abilene was another fun-filled adventure for me as I tour the world. I am being dropped in the mail and it is 57° and rainy.
To see more details and to follow Phyllis on all her world tour stops, click HERE.
We had fun making a short video to entertain you while I am traveling to my next stop-Parsonsfield, ME.