Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby dmofo » Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:39 pm

Total crap that your personal rules don't enforce trying for the loop on that hole!

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Postby Electerik » Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:11 am

pinslasher wrote:These are some great trip reports!


Thanks! And (assuming you are who I think you are), it was great meeting you over at Blazing Fury the other day!

dmofo wrote:Total crap that your personal rules don't enforce trying for the loop on that hole!


My personal rules involve winning. ;) But I actually did go through the loop. Of course, the ball came out so fast that it bounced off the back wall and passed the loop again--but hey, I tried.
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Postby pinslasher » Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:49 pm

Yep!
Thats me from the fury! lol Nice to meet you too.

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Postby Pirouettes907 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:46 pm

Yay for the Kilwin's mention! Can't believe you remembered someone (me) asking about it months ago. I liked your caption for it, too, although most customers in my store would instead gasp, "Oh, I gained 15 pounds just walking in here and smelling!" and think that was the cleverest thing EVER to say. I can only wonder what kind of comments are elicited by that sign.

I love following along with this thread. Keep up the fantastic work!

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Postby Squid » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:58 am

Just wanted to say it was great meeting you this past Saturday at Christmas Place... it was amazing! My wife and I are going to try and lure my parents up there to see it.

Again, your trip report (reports? minireports?) is excellent. Keep up the good work, and we promise we'll keep on reading!

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:32 pm

From right to left: Elvis Presley, (Humphrey Bogart), James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe.


On THIS planet?

Great job as always my friend. =)

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Postby Squid » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:57 am

*Christus Gardens


Minor note... someone bought Christus Gardens and reopened it as Christ Gardens. We noticed that on our trip up there Halloween weekend.

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Postby Electerik » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:07 am

Sick of Dollywood photos yet? Too bad, it's Dollywood's National Gospel & Harvest Celebration!
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The Dollywood Information Center is located about 1.5 miles from the park itself, but gives Dollywood a presence on the Parkway.
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And what could be more harvest-y than tractors?
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Asses.
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A common sight at Dollywood: long lines...for the shows.
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A symbol of the growing confusion between the Halloween and Christmas seasons, or just a fun pumpkin tree?
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This gospel music museum is always here, but what better time of the year to explore it?
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Ah yes, "the golden age of quartets," when trios and quintets were regularly hunted down and slaughtered like animals in the streets.
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According to the short film, The Blackwood Brothers invented the idea of sleeping on a bus. (The bus was also sometimes used for running down duos.)
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In retrospect, this photo might have worked better if I had been pretending to sing.
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Okay, now that we've eaten our vegetables, let's go have some fun.
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The long uphill path to Timber Canyon, decorated for Fall.
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The Dollywood Express passes by the cemetery--which is where we'll be ending this trip report later. (Um, with the train...not dead.)
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Thunderhead's pre-lift helix.
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Thunderhead is the consummate GCI, in my view.
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Timber Tower says, "No, don't look at Thunderhead anymore, look at meeeee! Hey, everybody, check me out! I'm actually working!"
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So this what it's come to: I'm reduced to taking pictures of restrooms.
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I do think Dollywood did a good job of working some kid-friendly attractions into what would otherwise be a pretty thrill-ride oriented area.
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Mystery Mine looking all mysterious and mine-y.
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The fall season always presents some interesting photographic opportunities (and challenges).
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The person on the left is clearly in violation of Mystery Mine's posted rules.
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With River Battle closed for the season, this already sparse new path becomes downright desolate.
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Of course, there's always this up-charge. (Which we still haven't done, by the way.)
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The Tennessee Tornado beckons.
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Just inside the entrance.
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Queue theming.
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I may have given this ride short-shrift in this thread up 'til now, but I aim to correct that.
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Fall is really the best time to photograph the Tennessee Tornado anyway.
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Check me out.

Oh, come on! That's awesome!
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What's this then?
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Why, it's Rusty Rankin's vintage downhome Texas/North Carolina cookery thing! (In Tennessee.)
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This Blazing Fury ride op is cool because he's wearing a fireman hat. (And also, because he's already posted in this thread two or three times.)
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"It was peacful livin’, ‘twas our hometown, ‘til the Baldknobbers came, and they burned it down."
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"Fire on the mountain, woe be woe, fire on the mountain, fire in the hole!"
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"Weak back or not, Luther, here I come!"
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The snuff classy enough for church!
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The inside of Dollywood's church.
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I'm not sure that all the folks above me were taking this seriously.
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The inside of the Carriage Works.
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Though River Battle and the Mountain Slidewinder (along with all of Dreamland Forrest) are closed for this event, Daredevil Falls remains opens.
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Not many takers, though.
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These little booths (the same ones from Festival of Nations, just with different stuff in them) are set up all through Craftman's Valley, The Village, Rivertown Junction, and Showstreet.
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A standard guitar/banjo/dulcimer store, just like you can find in any Six Flags or Cedar Fair park.
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This shirt is ridiculous. And by "ridiculous," I of course mean "awesome."
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This dude makes...that stuff...in front of The Grist Mill.
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But he's not gonna stop me from going in!
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These giant machines make cookies (I think).
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I know I do.
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The scary part is: I don't think this dude actually works here.
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Dollywood's Liberty store, because flag flag flag flag flag!
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Should we tell her that it's almost 2010 now? (I guess she's still not over her humiliating loss.)
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Time for lunch. Yes, Dollywood--in addition to all the buffets and giant skillets--does have one proper full-service restaurant.
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It has interesting decor.
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And pretty good food. (Although--and even though we've eaten here many times--we always fathom that it's going to be just a little bit better than it turns out to be.)
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Where to now, Misty?
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Ah, Dollywood's Dolly Parton museum!

There's just one problem: Chasing Rainbows very specifically forbids photography inside. So instead...
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I now present you with the worst likeness of Ms. Parton I have ever found at Dollywood.

And we'll just pretend that it's inside Chasing Rainbows (even though it isn't).
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Even though there's only one ride in it, I really like this area of the park. I mean, every park has a 50's-themed diner--but how many have a whole 50's-themed section??
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Just inside Rockin' Roadway's entrance.
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I will run you down like the duo you are!
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Why do they call it Fall, anyway?
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Smoky Mountain Rampage also runs in October--though, again, it doesn't have very many riders.
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Squirrel!
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Pre-lift theming on this ride includes a fully-functional Ferris Wheel.
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This is for October, in the calender that TheRapidsNerd is no doubt currently working on.
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And this is the Parton Back Porch Theater, where Dolly sticks all of her deadbeat relatives who ask her for money.
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Dollywood's kiddie coaster resides in the Country Fair section of the park. It is themed to talking vegetables.
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Almost all of Dollywood's flat rides reside here as well, including The Waltzing Swinger.
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"Piggy Parade"
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"Operating" one of the other farm animals?
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This ride is weird. Pretty, though.
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Who wants some horse-ground stick juice?
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And now, as promised, we end with a train ride back in time, courtesy of Smisty.
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"All aboard!"
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"Aw, do we have to?"

I love this photo, by the way.
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So long from Dollywood's National Gospel & Harvest Celebration.

Dollywood will return in: Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas.
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Postby brilinjo » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:15 pm

I now present you with the worst likeness of Ms. Parton I have ever found at Dollywood.

And we'll just pretend that it's inside Chasing Rainbows (even though it isn't).


That belongs at the Hollywood Wax Museum next to Marilyn, James & Elvis.

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Postby Electerik » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:18 pm

^ Dude, you are quickly becoming my hero. =)
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Brilinjo's new avatar make me all squishy inside. ^
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