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Postby Solid Gold » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:05 pm

Ober had probably the best deal ever this past ski season.

For TN College Students, you could ski for free on the Wednesday Night session. It's probably the worst ski resort in North America, all told, but 5 hours of free skiing is hard to beat (and there were three or four spots to do tricks off of, better than some NC resorts). I went three times, it's funny to see the Waterslide covered in snow.

Things you need to cover in this series, IMO:

Some sort of walk on the AT.
Pancake Pantry.
Nascar SpeedPark.
Wonderworks if you can take pictures.
Stuff in Knoxville Maybe (UT football game? World's Fair Park? Zuma Fun Center?)

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Postby themeparkguy27 » Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:21 am

crazydaveh wrote:Quality Blue Ridge Report as always!

You know what would be nice... An Alpine Slide POV report! Think you can work that in sometime this summer?


I would love that too! I'm sure if you ask the employees there, they just may let you. I seen too many signs when I was there that said no cameras allowed, so I obeyed the rules.

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Postby Electerik » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:46 am

Thanks for the compliments, guys. I really appreciate them.

I may do some ice cream places or a restaurant or two, if they're interesting enough. In general, I just do what interests me and what I can actually get decent photos of.

Now then, did I hear somebody say World's Fair Park...?
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As city parks go, Knoxville's got a doozy: World's Fair Park, home of the 1982 World's Fair and The Sunsphere.
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For many years, this sat vacant. But after the shame of The Simpsons episode, "Bart and the Sunsphere," the city of Knoxville decided to fix it up and reopen it.
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The base of the tower. The Sunsphere is a completely free and unmanned observation tower.
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A view from the base level.
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The building with the eyes is a science museum.
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Floor, please.
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At the top.
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A display of how things looked way back in 1982. (Feeling old yet? Or is that just me?)
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Downtown Knoxville, as seen from The Sunsphere.
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Another view of the observation deck.
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Free outdoor showers.
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See? We were really there.
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It's pretty and it's free. What more could you want?
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Goodbye from World's Fair Park in Knoxville. And, as always, thanks for reading!
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Postby ernierocker » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:15 am

I had no clue that the Sunsphere was free! We will definitely have to check that out when Dylan gets older. Plus, I could use a good wig. :Pr

Oh, and it was great to meet you guys on Monday. Thanks again for the shrinky-dink, although my creativity seemed to fail me on that one.

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Postby monkeyoverlord71 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:29 am

The sunsphere looks awesome!
It's so random. Thanks for showing!
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Postby Electerik » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:31 am

^^ Uncreative? Just look how into it this guy is!
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Ernie/Eric makes a Shrinky Dink!
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Super Bonus Shrinky Dink Photo: Robb & Kristen!
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Postby moinab » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:44 am

The Christmas place looks exactly like the one at Yankee Candle in So. Deerfield, MA! I wonder if there's a connection, or if Yankee Candle blatently ripped them off! ;)

Those places kind of creep me out, for some reason, though. :?r


ETA - Yeah for bonus Shrinky Dink photos! :b

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:53 pm

You know, I wondered what the Christmas place looked like on the inside. We just didn't have time to see it. Also enjoyed The World's Fair Park. Didn't even know that existed.

Good updates and thanks! =)

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Postby spaceace12 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:32 pm

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It must of been Saturday for the weekly shower?

Does Jeff Johnson count this donkey as a credit?
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Postby tnguy » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:26 pm

I enjoy going down to worlds fair park occasionally (in my 1982 worlds fair t-shirt of course). ;) Also I loved the Christmas Place TR went there many times as a kid.

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