Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby jkwan » Tue May 05, 2009 9:34 pm

I love going to Clingman's Dome every time I go to Gatlinburg and Dollywood. That place is awesome and the view is awesome if it is not cloudy.
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Postby NegativeGLover » Wed May 06, 2009 7:18 am

I'm starting to love the "road trip" style trip reports moreso than I am the actual park reports. Although technically you were in a "park"... Great stuff - totally makes me want to pack up and head for the Smokies right now... Were most of these shots taken with your Stylus Tough 6000? If so I'm going to Best Buy after work to buy one... (your pics are my final decision maker!)...

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Postby Electerik » Wed May 06, 2009 10:23 am

^ Yes, most of them. But some are Misty's (cheaper, older) Pentax W10.

I do like my Olympus Tough 6000--very much so--but it hasn't changed my basic approach: Take 1000 picture and hope that 100 turn out. Then post 10. :P
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Postby Velo_editor » Fri May 08, 2009 11:26 am

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


Actually what you might be thinking of is the fact that Mt. Leconte is the TALLEST mountain in the Eastern US if you measure from the valley floor to its peak. Clingman's Dome is higher, but it's really just a rise along the spine of the Smoky Mountains.

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Postby dandaman » Sat May 09, 2009 7:45 am

These reports are all kinds of awesome. I drove through the Smokies in March 2007 for the first time (or at least the first time through Gatlinburg and not I-75) and had no idea that such a tourist area existed, let alone Dollywood like 10 minutes from the national park. It was so oddly amazing to see some of the most beautiful country in the world, then BAM! downtown area. Keep it up, Erik!
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Postby Electerik » Sat May 09, 2009 9:46 am

I know what you're thinking: "Erik, these updates have been cool and all, but I'm ready for something more. I've been all over the world, and I need something that will make me put down my crack pipe and know joy and excitement again."

Well, I have just the thing. The most majestic display of free entertainment and blatant advertising Sevier County can slap together:

The 24th Annual Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade
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Oh, this is gonna be good!
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Yes, it's the City of Pigeon Forge VIPs!
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It's just not a parade without a high school band.
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What's this...?
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Lynyrd Skynyrd doesn't start with Free Bird...but we do.
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Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Dolly Parton.
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Dolly channeling Dio.
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Yep, we're here too, folks. Stick around.
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I guess these people have a TV show about having a lot of babies or something...?
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Gay cowboy float.
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Political humor...?
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This one's not bad.
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Country Tonight followed by Elvis.
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Props to WonderWorks. Considering how basic it was, I thought this one worked really well.
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More parade goodness.
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This was actually pretty cool. All the girls were drumming really fast, and there was a dragon.
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But we can't let that stand. Let's follow the China float with the USA!
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Dude's making pottery in the back of a truck.
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Yes, it's the KOA Campground float.
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Daughters of the American Revolution, for some reason. I guess parades are just what they do.
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"Pottery is for sissies. I've got a chainsaw!"
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"I can't believe they're making me do this. Just for that, I'm going to be a stripper when I grow up."
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"Behold, the two-headed dog--born with only one head!"
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Still haven't been to this attraction...but I've seen their float!
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Visiting dignitaries.
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Oh my gosh, it's an RV!
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"International Jr. Teen Miss Virginia"? Chuck, can you explain this?
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Misty was supposed to be in the parade, but she had to work. Santa was here, though.
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A trolley. That you can see 20 of every day here. In the parade.
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I guess Wes would have enjoyed himself.
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Firetruck. Really, we'll just put anything in the parade that runs under its own power.
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The best part of this is the really visible tattoo on the one chick's forearm.
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It's the area's biggest radio station, in case you're wondering. Yes, it plays country.
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This float forgot all its people. Or they all left once they'd seen Dolly. It's hard to say, really.
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That's almost cool.
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I...don't...know. Honestly, I've never heard of this.
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My Ripley's Aquarium update is coming soon!
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Food City is a local grocery chain. And this is their giant dragster shopping cart thing.
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The Boy & Girls Club followed by The Wilderness Resort.
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Shriners driving tiny tractor-trailers.
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"Toby's Wonderful World of Erosion." I know it's a little hard to read, but that's really what it says.
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Clown.
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Even for us, this is pretty sad.
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There, that's more like it.
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In a parade full of randomness, the monolithic tractor-trailer for an attraction that hasn't even been built yet really stood out for me.
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Llamas. But not just any llamas. No, these llamas represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the smoky mountains. (See next photo.)
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Genius!
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Well, that's it for the Dolly Parade. I hope you enjoyed sitting through it as much as I did!
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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Sat May 09, 2009 10:14 am

Always wondered what one of the Dolly homecoming parades were like. Now I know. Even so, I still miss the area.

Your captions made the event entertaining, particularly the last couple. Thanks!

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Postby SharkTums » Sat May 09, 2009 10:22 am

I loved Pigeon Forge SOOOO MUCH...

But now that the Duggar Family was in the parade (and probably got an all expense paid trip to be there)...

Well, I just lost A LOT of respect for the place.

DIE DUGGAR FAMILY DIE!!!!!

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Postby netdvn » Sat May 09, 2009 10:22 am

That parade looks like a lot of fun!

The girls in the handcrafted dress truck look really sad/embarassed to be in the parade.

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Postby dandaman » Sat May 09, 2009 12:18 pm

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Gino's Pizza!!! I eat there every time we pass through West Virginia, which isn't often, but still...

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