There’s a frog lover in my family who REALLY needs to visit Angels Camp, CA. But since she lives in central Nebraska and is probably under four feet of snow right about now, I decided I’d better bring the frogs to her.

So Aunt Nova — you know how I’ve been telling you about all of the frogs we’ve got out here, right? Well, there are frogs even before you get to town — they’ll welcome you right in.

Frogtown USA

Frogtown USA

(If you’re using your Kindle you can click on any of these photos and make the frogs bigger!) You’ve heard how people came to the California foothills in the 1850s because they thought the streets were running with gold up here? Well now, they’re running with frogs.

Frogwalk of Fame

Frogwalk of Fame

Yes, every single one of those plaques running up along the sidewalk is a prizewinning frog from the annual Jumping Frog Contest. It’s the frogwalk of fame! Some people name them the oddest things:

"Perfect Circle"

"Perfect Circle"

Some people pick a good name to get their frog moving:

"Exlax"

"Exlax"

Some folks get poetic about it:

"Burning Brightly"

"Burning Brightly"

Some people can’t be bothered to get creative and just go with the first thing that comes into their mind when they pick the frog up:

"Slippery"

"Slippery"

Other people name them after their favorite drink:

"Budweiser"

"Budweiser"

And some people name them after they’ve HAD too much of their favorite drink and they’ve got delusions of frog grandeur:

"Thunderbolt"

"Thunderbolt"

There’s plenty more where those came from. There’s even a big hopper right on the street, too (but not squashed by a car, I’m happy to report):

Intersection Frog

Intersection Frog

Plus, if you want to see the frogs take each other on in the Jumping Frog Contest every May, you’ve got to enter the gates of Frogtown itself, the Calaveras County Fairgrounds:

The Gates to Frog Heaven

The Gates to Frog Heaven

The frogs on the every street sign will help you find your way there:

Hoppin' My Way

Hoppin' My Way

But if you get lost, you can ask one of the frogs lounging around on the streets, like this fine lady frog:

Pearls Go with Everything

Pearls Go with Everything

Let’s get another angle on her —

So Do Tiaras

So Do Tiaras

Yes, that really is a tiara she’s wearing. But even that’s not as fancy as this shiny silver frog who’s always hanging out in front of the local realtor’s office:

Sparkle Frog Wants You to Buy a Home

Sparkle Frog Wants You to Buy a Home

Although some frogs are more casual and prefer backpacks:

Sporty Frog

Sporty Frog

And some frogs help out around the town. Here’s the civic-minded firehouse frog:

Frog on the Job

Frog on the Job

Even the fire chief never drives out without bringing a frog along:

Fire Chief's Favorite Frog

Fire Chief's Favorite Frog

In fact, going green is taken very seriously out here:

Recycling Frog

Recycling Frog

Can’t seem to keep the frogs out of the grocery store, either:

Two for One Frog Sale

Two for One Frog Sale

And don’t think you can sneak a candy bar out of the store without paying — this frog WILL snatch you up like a fly on a log.

Freezer Frog is Watching YOU

Freezer Frog is Watching YOU

Frog indoctrination starts pretty early around here. But I personally think there’s something kind of sinister about this particular frog . . .

A Mascot to Fear

A Mascot to Fear

And finally, since Christmas is almost here, these cheerful post office frogs would like to say, Merry Christmas!

Can Somebody Bring Us More Eggnog?

Can Somebody Bring Us More Eggnog?

So what do you think, Aunt Nova? Is that more frogs than you even imagined?

Keep Warm in Nebraska!

Keep Warm in Nebraska!

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One Response to Aunt Nova’s Big Parade of Frogs!

  1. Melissa Sostrin says:

    Thanks for the adventure Amy-I just finished your book and am looking forward to sharing it! I thought you might be interested to know that there was at least one book store, the Trover Shop, in Washington, D.C.,that stocked books by publisher until the 90′s when they switched over to computers. It made sense to do it that way in the 60′s when they opened for ease of reordering. When I first started working there, I was confounded and thought it was job security for the senior most personnel who knew where everything was!

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