Dinosaurs and Strawberry Pie

tumblr_mcsf8cB7A21rcxk0xo1_500As a kid I was fascinated by the construction of Dinny the Dinosaur, a 150-ton building shaped like a larger-than-life-sized Apatosaurus.  It took creator Claude Bell 11 years to build Dinny! Our family’s out-of-town trips weren’t very frequent so I was able to see biannual snapshots of the progress of Dinny’s construction. A second dinosaur, Mr. Rex, was constructed near Dinny in 1981. That construction moved along quicker, at only five years to build 🙂

pw02[1]Who remembers this dino scene from Pee Wee’s movie?

On family trips, the dinosaurs weren’t the only highlights. Stopping at the Wheel Inn for fresh strawberry pie was always a must!

5311484562_2ba1cc3359_zThe counter at the Wheel Inn. I love the “Twin Peaks” decor!

strawberries(Image courtesy of Model Cakes.)

The Wheel Inn used big, ripe and sweet strawberries and the pie crust was buttery and flaky—with the edges having just the right amount of crunchy browning.

Till the day I die, Dinosaurs and Strawberry Pie will always go together…

Alas, I am not (yet) an expert pie baker. Anyone care to share a favorite pie recipe?

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