It had been a long time since I had visited Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, in Eau Claire, so we took the opportunity to renew our acquaintance. I had visited previously almost 28 years prior, and you can see those photos here.
We were somewhat surprised by the "new" Paul Bunyan on location. This new Paul Bunyan seems a little more mechanical and streamlined and less friendly than the Paul we saw in 1990. His stumpy looking arm behind his back is very awkward looking. Why would such a great man with such a great ax be walking so rigidly with his arm behind his back? It makes him look like he amputated his forearm with a misplaced swing of his ax.
However, Babe was still the same Babe, so it was good to see him again in all of his blue glory.