Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby Electerik » Sat May 02, 2009 1:52 pm

eddie200330 wrote:"A famous song with a Tennessee connection was written in one of this hotel’s rooms. Anyone?"

What is the answer?? I can only think of Rocky Top or Tennessee River....


It is indeed the state song of Tennessee, "Rocky Top." =)

See The Gatlinburg Inn for more details.

ernierocker wrote:This golf course is also right next door to the Nascar Speedpark which I believe the TPR Deep South trip will be paying a visit to.


True enough. I'll have to make sure to post Nascar before TPR comes through.

And I'll see what I can do on the ninja weapons stores. ;)

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. There's lots more to come. (Until I or everyone else gets sick of it.)
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Postby Electerik » Sun May 03, 2009 4:03 pm

Billing itself as Tennessee's largest waterpark resort is the oddly named "Wilderness at the Smokies," at the far end of Sevierville.

Though the resort itself is fairly huge, and still largely under construction, the indoor waterpark and first phase of the hotel are up and running. And while it's hard to say without actually staying there, it looks like what is open is pretty self contained--with the folks I've talked to, who've stayed there, saying that the construction didn't really impact them.

But what I'm here to show you right now is basically just the indoor waterpark, “Wild WaterDome.”

During the summer months, it's restricted to hotel guests only. But in the off season, they'll let anyone in. (Er...for a fee, of course.)
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This is what'll catch your eye from the road. Make sure you ride that green one!
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The outside entrance. You can also access it from inside the hotel, obviously.
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It's not terribly large. One this side of the park, there's a Surf Rider...
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...an interactive play area...
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...and the three main slides that travel outside (see first photo).
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And on the other side is their wave pool and some tables and such.
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And that's pretty much it. I can see how it would be popular on a crummy day, though.
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One more shot of the wave pool and a sand play area.
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There's an arcade, too--right next door to the waterpark. This kid really like the Big Bass Game.
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I leave you with a construction shot. This is one of their two outdoor parks, "Salamander Springs." Both are currently due to open May 22. I'll have to get back up there once it's all finished. But what they have right now seems pretty nice.
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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Mon May 04, 2009 1:12 am

So the Wildwater Dome is open to non-guests in the off season eh? Hmmm...

Big thanks for this one!

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Postby Lenaapple1974 » Mon May 04, 2009 5:51 pm

Sorry, it posted twice, don't know how. :( I only hit submit once.
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Postby Lenaapple1974 » Mon May 04, 2009 5:51 pm

Another great Photo TR Erik! Seems that you have totally gotten used to that new camera of yours! I love that you have one thread for everything you have been doing. I know I am enjoying it! I actually am contemplating posting TR's in one thread for this year also. I won't be as funny I am sure...

A bit off subject for a second, although it is a trip you took this year - that huge aquarium. Where was it again, and what was its name? Thanks! :)

I look forward to more, MORE MOOOOOREEEE! :)
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Postby Electerik » Tue May 05, 2009 8:15 am

Lenaapple1974 wrote:I love that you have one thread for everything you have been doing.


The funny thing is, I sort of dislike the whole "one big thread with all my TR's in it" thing. For me, it really only makes sense if: All of the updates happened on the same trip (or otherwise share a common theme); many of the updates are too small for their own TR's; or you're Big Mike. But this just seemed like the right way to go with this stuff. Any other trips (outside my home area) will get their own TR's, though.

A bit off subject for a second, although it is a trip you took this year - that huge aquarium. Where was it again, and what was its name? Thanks! :)


The Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. I highly recommend it. In fact, I think I liked it more than SFOG. ;)
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Postby Electerik » Tue May 05, 2009 7:24 pm

The reason that Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are a tourist area to begin with is that the valley they occupy is the one easy, relatively flat way into the most visited National Park in the country, The Great Smoky Mountains.

So now, in an effort to show you that we are well-rounded individuals who enjoy more than just amusement parks and mini golf, a genuine culture credit!
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Let’s get ourselves oriented, shall we? Today we’re going to concentrate on the Newfound Gap area and Clingman’s Dome.
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The city of Gatlinburg, as seen from the appropriately named Gatlinburg Bypass.
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The path to Laurel Falls is so popular that it’s actually paved.
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The same river that winds through Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, the Little Pigeon.
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I like bridges.
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Looks a bit like an elephant, no?
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Where to now?
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This is one of the best photos I've ever taken of anything.
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Laurel Falls
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Warning: Nature
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Let's go for a drive.
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I’m not sure why, but I really like this picture.
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Yeah, the road really does that, too.
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A rare shot of me drinking soda and Misty drinking water.
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Clingman's Dome Trail...it's paved, but steep.
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Let's do it!
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There's a small observation tower at the top which provides 360-degree views from the park’s highest point.
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Not bad, eh? Just make sure to bring a jacket, as Clingman’s Dome is generally 20-degrees colder than down here in the valley.
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Postby ernierocker » Tue May 05, 2009 7:40 pm

Electerik wrote: There's a small observation tower at the top which provides 360-degree views from the park’s highest point.


I may be tired from lack of sleep lately, but isn't Mt. LeConte the highest point in the Smokey Mountains?

Despite that, love this report. I really have been meaning to venture up to Newfound Gap and Clingman's Dome. Maybe, this will motivate me in the near future.

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Postby Electerik » Tue May 05, 2009 8:04 pm

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Postby ernierocker » Tue May 05, 2009 8:10 pm

I got bum info as a kid. I stand corrected. :)

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