Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby Electerik » Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:21 pm

[Edit: Oops, Flying Horse Grill is now out of business. -Erik]

Okay, time for something a little bit different:

Not only is The Flying Horse Grill one of our favorite restaurants in town, it's themed to--and has--a carousel!
It's located in Pigeon Forge, near traffic light #2, across from the Incredible Christmas Place.
The entrance/exit gift shop.
The main dining area.
Monte Cristo, anyone?
Proving, once again, that I'm not afraid to post pictures of myself looking like a gluttonous pig.
The carousel is free with your meal! (Note the Smisty on the left.)
The carousel is made by Bertazzon, and features a spinning tea cup and a set of rocking-style horses, among other things.
That's a heck of a height requirement, though.
Yes we did.

This restaurant is officially Erik & Misty endorsed.
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Postby Moose » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:33 am

features a spinning tea cup and a set of rocking-style horses, among other things.

Like a horse that dusts the air as s/he goes around? I swear that is a duster coming out of its head.

If I haven't already said it, I LOVE these updates.

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Postby Electerik » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:23 am

moose wrote:If I haven't already said it, I LOVE these updates.

No, I don't think you had. ;)

Located side by side, between Pigeon Forge traffic light numbers 4 and 5, is Adventure Raceway and Adventure Golf.
Adventure Raceway features an elaborate go cart track...
...bumper boats...
...and a ghetto arcade (complete with Intamin pre-fab woodie).
Adventure Golf, on the other hand, feature a windmill clubhouse...
...and a giant man-eating octopus. (My look of terror is 100% real, by the way. There is nothing in this galaxy more horrifying than octopi.)
Yes, Misty, I see you pretending to be scared. It's very sweet.
Adventure Golf is the most "traditional" mini golf course in the area.
The kind of place where the funkiness is a big part of its charm.
However, there are no moving parts (windmill doors that go up and down, for example).
But there are lots of fiberglass figures, which is cool.
The long trek up to the Taj Mahal.
Wrapping up the left side course by coming back to the octopus. Ug. (But I do like the way they utilize him on multiple holes.)
And now for the right side course. This one is slightly harder and features this bridge that Misty is afraid of.
Harder than it looks.
Lots of water features on this side.
Happy face!
I got a hole-in-one on this. You should be impressed. I mean, just look at it! A hole-in-one on this thing!
Not exactly ADA accessible.
Erik & Smisty sitting in a tree.... Well, really just Smisty. And, technically, she's standing. You know what? Just forget it.
I'm not done yet. I'll just make my own course.
Bye bye, Adventure Golf. You're above average!
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Postby coasterdude28 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:10 pm

I'm leaving a week from today for my first trip down there. These updates are seriously awesome and very helpful. Thanks so much!

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Postby tatertot3710 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:15 pm

Awesome! I just got back from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville yesterday. We did Dollywood and stayed at Wilderness at the Smokies which was really cool. We also did this lost treasure golf thing which was indoor golf themed to the jungle. Although the scenery was good, the rest of the course sucked. No obstacles whatsoever and there were only about 3 different hole designs in the whole place. I can't wait to see what other things you guys do! Great TRs!

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Postby Electerik » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:58 am

Knoxville is the closest big city to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at about 40 miles away. And though not nearly as touristy as Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, it does have a zoo.
Extra ghetto parking toll booth. In fact, now that I think about it, this might just be a couple of enterprising youngsters.
Ticket booths...manned by actual zoo personnel!
06P1129848.JPG can buy tickets for a half hour after the zoo closes?

Maybe I should read the sign again.
Yay! We're in!
The Black Bear habitat is right in front.
And we're off to a rousing start!
Kid's Cove? I vote left!
Red Panda
White Rhino
Petting zoo. I insisted on petting a goat.
Why in my day, we had to milk REAL cows. And it was work, not fun. And we ENJOYED it!
I live for signs like this.
Yes, there is one ride at the Knoxville Zoo, the Fuzzy-Go-Round.
Cute animals.
Er...less cute animals.
Step on the wrong one, and the frog squirts you.
Wait, seriously? Is this sign actually explaining how to use a bench? I must be in heaven.
Otters are cool...
...but impossible to get a decent picture of. Tortoises are much easier.
These plastic mold machines are all over the zoo.
Misty got an elephant.
Butterfly house.
A butterfly.
And another turtle. (Easy to photograph.)
We passed on the camel rides. I may never know the joy.
Natty dread llama.
Cool elephant mural.
Cool elephant.
Zebras. (I'm totally out of stuff to say.)
Agent of Satan.
The only indoor eatery. Very basic. You couldn't even get tasty zoo animal meat. (Well, cow....)
Spot the monkey!
Translation: "Our zoo sucks too much to have this animal."
Monkeys or rocks?
Okay, monkey sex is pretty cool. But I'll always wonder about the rocks.
Bird trail.
Guys, you're missing the bird!
Smisty does her umbrella trail dance.
That's just wrong. (And possibly even Fail Blog worthy.)
I have no idea what this thing is.
Actually, it probably doesn't know what we are, either.
The Big Egress.
Gift shop goodness, and the end of our Knoxville Zoo adventure.

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Postby coastersrule85 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:21 am

Awesome report as always!

I wish the animals at the Houston Zoo would come out during the summer. Between May and October, when you visit the zoo it's more like visiting an arboretum, because all you see is the landscaping. Okay, landscaping with elephants and giraffes since it's a little hard for them to hide.

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Postby tnguy » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:46 am

The knoxville zoo has improved a lot over the last 10 years or so, it used to be pretty ghetto. (Although they used to let you ride an elephant, that was cool.) I don't know if they still have them, but they used to have signs that warned against climbing on the fences that said if you fell in and the animals ate you it would make them sick. :lmao:

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Postby Electerik » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:20 pm

^ & ^^ Never been much of a zoo person--but Misty likes them, so she really campaigned to go to this one. We had fun. But then, we have fun everywhere. :mickey:

moinab wrote:Erik - I think it may be your destiny to take over one of these sad, neglected SBNO mini-golf courses and transform it into the best damn mini-golf the area has ever seen! :lolr:

That would be awesome. But, honestly, I think I lack the drive and acumen to successfully run a business. I could do the creative part, maybe.
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Postby speedmetal » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:32 pm

I hope people realize that some of those photos are mine, I'm just saying. ;) I think you should have emphasized more about the hot plastic.

I love the update for the Zoo. Its one of my favorite updates you've done so far. I can't wait to see MagiQuest.
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