Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby spaceace12 » Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:43 pm

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Why they call them the Smoky Mountains. (Note: This is not actually true. Just go with me here.)


Funny story about what you just said. The weather guy at my station just had a tower cam picture similiar to this picture (with the low clouds but flat land) and said, "this is why they call them the smokey mountains" (the low clouds and all). If you don't mind me asking, why do they call them the smokey mountains (if you have a link, that would be awesome), I love to prove the weather guy wrong here.

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Postby Teacups Make Me Sick » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:19 am

It cracks me up that there are not one, but two skyride-type rides in Gatlinburg...I could see if you are on a high peak looking down or seeing the Smokey Mountains 'as far as the eye can see'...however, the town isnt really much to look at...a couple hotels, gas stations.

I really dont get the draw.

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Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:40 am

^ But that's just it. You could slap a chairlift-type ride just about anywhere with an elevation change, and people will inevitably pay the cost to ride it, and think it's fascinating.

At least with the Ober Gatlinburg tram there's something slightly interesting to do at the top.

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Postby Electerik » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:25 am

spaceace12 wrote:The weather guy at my station just had a tower cam picture similiar to this picture (with the low clouds but flat land) and said, "this is why they call them the smokey mountains" (the low clouds and all). If you don't mind me asking, why do they call them the smokey mountains (if you have a link, that would be awesome), I love to prove the weather guy wrong here.


Well, actually, it's a bit unclear. The Cherokee called them "shaconage," which sounds a bit like "smoky" in English. However, the word actually means "blue mist." So the question is: Is it simply a mistranslation based on the sound of the word, or is "mist" enough like "smoke" that it makes no difference either way?
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Postby Electerik » Fri May 01, 2009 5:31 pm

The biggest mini golf place in the area is Old MacDonald's Farm, in Sevierville (pronounced like the word "Severe.")
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It's part of the small Ripley's ("Believe It or Not") empire here in Sever County.
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There are three separate 18-hole courses.
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The Udder Course is allegedly the easiest.
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Chicken Egg-Spress is the medium one.
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And Porky Putts is the hardest.
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As is usually the case with these sorts of things, though, I can’t tell any difference.
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Misty tries her hand at the Chicken Course.
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All three courses are of the “interactive talking animals” variety.
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I have no idea what I'm doing here.
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The guard dog pops out if you hit the ball underneath him.
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“Pigs Do Fly” is Old Macdonald’s advertising tag line.
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It’s right out in front of the area’s largest outlet mall, Tanger (pronounced like the space drink by the locals).
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Pretty good scarecrow imitation, I think.
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All three courses converge on the henhouse ball return.
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Because I’m awesome like that.
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Ding, ding, ding!
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There's also an arcade.
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Unfortunately, the one pinball machine (“Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” naturally) was out of order. But at least there was Skeeball.
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We won a pirate ball. Gar.
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It’s worth checking out if you’re into mini golf. We always have fun there.
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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Sat May 02, 2009 6:01 am

There were just so many place we didn't have time for last fall, and this is one of them. Love mini golf and skeeball (pinball too).

This is turning into a great guide! Keep up the good work. =)

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Postby netdvn » Sat May 02, 2009 6:13 am

Does Ripley's have to take over EVERY cheesy tourist trap town?

I can understand the museums, but 4-D theaters and mini-golf?
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Postby thrillerman1 » Sat May 02, 2009 9:12 am

This is a fun thread Erik. Thanks for sharing. I always wondered what was at the top of the Sky Lift, and now I know. Has the Space Needle structure been painted black? I really hope not!

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Postby eddie200330 » Sat May 02, 2009 12:04 pm

"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....
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Postby ernierocker » Sat May 02, 2009 12:24 pm

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.

Great thread so far! Although, it could use some shots of Ninja weapon stores. :)

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