It’s Groundhog Day again and we are celebrating. For us critter hunters, it has always been an interesting holiday, but now that we have been to Punxsutawney where Phil lives, it is more special. Since we all love the movie, including our mom, last year seeing where it was filmed was also a special event. So we celebrate this goofy day, year after year. The only souvenir I have is this t-shirt.
Since I visited both places that are famous because of Groundhog Day on road trips to my nose work trials, I’m in charge of posting every year. Last year, Nelson and I visited Woodstock, Illinois where the movie was made. We had no idea before that trip that it was not really filmed where Phil lives.
If you have the chance, we recommend visiting the real deal but not on Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is so much fun. There are groundhogs everywhere for one thing. It is also fun to see where it all takes place on TV each year.
There is information all over the grounds about the special day, as well as a visitors center with books and souvenirs. When we visited in December 2022, it was very cold and icy. Mom only took one dog out of the car at a time because it was so slippery, thus no group photos.
Madison found the main entrance to the stage where the TV event takes place. She was all puffed up to stay warm.
Being “my” trip, I got to go up onto the big stage. It is hard to imagine all the people that are here each year for a few hours in the morning waiting to see Phil.
Watch the TV today and you will see this very log where Phil comes out of to see if he sees his shadow. He was sleeping when I was there. I knocked, but he never came out. It would have been great to meet him, but I get it that he needs his winter sleep. It’s Groundhog Day again, will Phil see his shadow or not? Watch the TV or listen to the news to find out!
We’re joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.