Monday, August 13, 2012

Going To See The World and A Giveaway!

We woke up early Sunday morning to head out on an adventure. We headed to Yarmouth, Maine to the DeLorme Map Store. Why is this exciting (beyond looking at a whole bunch of beautiful maps and other fun stuff)? Because The Map Store is the home to the world's largest rotating globe. She is magnificent and her name is Eartha. 

Eartha lives one hour from our home and we have driven by her many times. We have been in awe of her beauty as we pass by her while driving on the highway, but for some reason we had never stopped. Today that changed. Today, Eartha was not just something we drove by but an adventure that we drove to. 

She is housed in a room surrounded by windows, so before we even went in to really see her in all of her glory, I posed my kids in front of her windows and snapped a photo. 

Can you see how big she is?!?!? 

My littles hanging out "in" the South Pacific. 
I felt like a kid, seriously. I Wanted to take pictures of her every angle. We discussed which continents we were looking at and tried to narrow down specific countries. We even found the edge of "the elephant ear" which meant we found India, our current destination. 

Since I mentioned already how I felt like a kid, you can imagine how excited I got when I saw that we could go upstairs and see Eartha from another angle. Not just one more story, but two!!! That's means there are three levels to get to know Eartha! 

Here is the view from the second floor. 
I know, I know. She really is incredible isn't she?

View from the top floor.
You might be asking yourself, since Eartha is a globe, how does she rotate? As you can see in the picture below, she has an axis that sits underneath her holding her up and slowly turning her to display her beauty.

If you live near Eartha and you drive by her often as we did, for goodness sake, stop and see her next time you're passing through Yarmouth! 

***You can visit The DeLorme website here and read more about Eartha here. ***

Are you having fun yet! I am, and I think the fun might only be getting started. I had so much fun that I decided to get you a souvenir! Ok, well I WANTED to get each one of you a souvenir, but I only got one. So that means it's giveaway time. See the details below to enter to win an Eartha Tote, an Eartha Folder, a card with a photo of the DeLorme Store displaying Eartha with Eartha facts on the back, and a map bookmark. 

This little group of goodies could be yours! 
Here's how to win (and other rules and such):

- Comment Below telling us what Guinness Book World record holder is closest to your home (If you don't know or don't want to google it, just comment about how impressive Eartha is ;)) 

- Please, only one entry per person.

- I will use Random Number Generator at 8:00 am EST on Thursday August 16, 2012. Then, I will notify the winner. The winner's name will be posted on my facebook page along with a brief announcement in the next blog post. 

-The winner will have 24 hours to claim the prize and if it goes unclaimed, I will use RNG to select a new winner. 

-Sorry, I can only ship to addresses in The United Sates. :( 

- Please share this with your friends, because giveaways are fun and your friends will be happy that you shared it! Thanks a bunch! 

This giveaway is not sponsored by DeLorme and DeLorme is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway. 


  1. Very cool, Raina! I never knew you could go in and look at it! We love seeing Eartha as we drive by too!

  2. Wow- that is an impressive globe!!!:) I would be as giddy as you were!!!!!

    The person in the Guinness Book of World Records that is closest to where we live are: the oldest Kuchipudi dancer:

    The record for the oldest Kuchipudi dancer is 59 and was achieved by Anuradha Subramanian (USA) at the Stafford Civic Centre in Houston, Texas, United States, on 2 September 2006.

    Anuradha Subramanian performed 7 dances, one of which lasted approximately 15-20 minutes.

    I have a feeling he danced at our local int'l festival, which is held at the Stafford Civic Centre. Crazy!:)

  3. Eartha! I'm impressed! I googled world records near my home and then did a "duh" slap on my forehead. I'm near Michigan stadium and they had the world's largest crowd in attendance for a hockey game (and I went) at the Big Chill at the Big House.

    P.S. I'm having a giveaway this week over at for custom stuffed animals made from your child's drawings. Come check it out!

  4. francesca1@metrocast.netAugust 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I don't live too far away from Eartha but never heard of this spectacular globe until now! I plan to bring my son so that we can see it for ourselves!

  5. Isn't Eartha the BEST?! I didn't figure out how to get to the 2nd and 3rd levels until the 2nd time I went there. I see and learn something new every time I go.

  6. P.S. Looks like Bob Marley's longest comedy routine might qualify....?

  7. My husband holds a shared record for participation in The World's Longest Concert, 343 hours, 7 minutes and 52 seconds, benefitting Children's Restoration Network. I don't want the swag, but thought your mom would get a kick out of it.

    Debbie & Lewis

  8. According to the Guiness Book of World Records website, New York City holds the record for the world's most expensive hamburger.
    New York City restaurant Seredipity 3 unveiled the world's most expensive hamburger, Le Burger Extravagant, this week.

    Le Burger Extravagant sells for $295.00.

    Made from white truffle butter-infused Japanese Wagyu beef, the burger is topped with James Montgomery cheddar cheese, black truffles and a fried quail egg.

    It is served on a gold-dusted campagna roll spread with white truffle butter, and the roll is topped with a blini, creme fraiche and caviar.

    Serendipity 3 is a popular Manhattan restaurant, and has been featured in several films, including 2001's romantic comedy Serendipity.

  9. Well, I found that the world's longest cat is a Maine Coon Cat, but it doesn't live in Maine...

    I, too, have driven by that globe a million times and thought a million times, "Hmm, we should stop and see it some day," and a million times have not actually stopped. This might be the motivation I need...she does look pretty darn impressive!

  10. Here in Portland, OR, they set the Guinness record for most number of people wearing sombreros with over 1000 people wearing them on Cinco de Mayo this year. There was also an, "world record attempt for flying lawnchairs". Not sure how that turned out...


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