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Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:49 am

Tell me this doesn't look good.

This doesn't look good...and I LIE like a rug! ;)

The food at Old Mill was just out of this world. That was our first night's dinner last year. Great to see all those shops again. Thanks Erik! =)

Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:04 am

I could have sworn that something about the milling process caused something (the air?) to become extremely flammable, which would explain all of the no smoking signs.

That lunch looks very tasty.

EDIT: Found it.
From wikipedia: Flour dust suspended in air is explosive. In medieval flour mills, candles, lamps, or other sources of fire were forbidden. Some devastating and fatal explosions have occurred at flour mills.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:28 pm

November 14th was Misty's birthday. So we celebrated by doing...well, pretty much the same kind of stuff we do anyway: Dollywood, the Aquarium, and...

Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf
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Upon entering Gatlinburg (from Pigeon Forge), Davy Crockett is the first mini golf course you’ll encounter.
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The clubhouse, where you can buy a souvenir coonskin cap...
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...or even a pressed penny.
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I love stuff like this: A map of the two 18-hole courses and how they intertwine.
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The birthday girl chooses to start on the Fort Crocket course.

In case you’re wondering, the “ADA” course starts with the first 9-holes of Fort Crocket, then switches to the back 9 of the Village.

Or perhaps you were not wondering.
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“I sure am a lucky turtle.”
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Though often glossed over by many of today’s historians, it is nevertheless true that Davy Crocket was, in fact, a full-blooded raccoon.
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If you putt it through the middle, the bear rears up and eats that dude.
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This hole proved to be my kryptonite. I scored a 9 (which isn't even possible).
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The Smisty, still laughing about my 9.
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I’ll be honest; I’m not quite sure why the beaver is holding a giant toothbrush.
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Misty points towards where she thinks the hole is.
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An overview of what’s ahead. And yes, the two courses are divided by a road that you go underneath.
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Because it was her birthday, I promised to take 100 pictures of her. (Plus, I let her carry only jackets and umbrellas in her backpack, instead of the customary live raccoon.)
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This hole is insane. Not only is it nearly impossible to hit it into either of the two channels, but then you’re deposited on a very long green on the other side of the road. Honestly, I was quite happy to score a 4 on this one.
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The Village Course now, my dear. I insist.
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Wait, “please do not lean on fences or handrails”? Then what on earth are they for?
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I just like that this figure floats around on a tether. It’s the simple things that amuse me.
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Just to prove that we were actually there at the same time.
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“Hey, you kids. Get a room.”
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What? This is how I dress for mini golf.
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This hole is 3 frogs awesome.

It's like wolves, but they're frogs.

(Because, eventually, everything turns into a Mitch Hedberg joke in my world.)
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“Golf ball goes down the hole.”
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Neither of us won the free game on this one.

And, as has become our custom, we did not keep score.

And, really, the important thing--especially on Misty’s birthday--was that we had fun.

So to speak of winners and losers would be meaningless.

Let’s move on.
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Davy Crockett. Man. Myth. Raccoon. He invented the bowie knife. And he’s dead now.
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Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:04 pm

Davy Crockett's was really fun, but I think I still prefer the mountainside Hillbilly Golf, even though it lacks all the talking animals...

-James Dillaman

Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:36 pm

This place looks awesome!

Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:02 am

Another entertaining update. And the not speaking of winners and losers sounds like a good call, no matter how things turned out. ;)

Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:56 pm

I want to go mini golfing now. But what I really want is to know how you get out of waring the backpack all the time? Poor Misty has it on all the time!

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:26 pm

jamesdillaman wrote:Davy Crockett's was really fun, but I think I still prefer the mountainside Hillbilly Golf, even though it lacks all the talking animals...


Oh, is it comparison time? Very well!


Erik's Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville Mini Golf Roundup!

From best to worst:

Hillbilly Golf (Page 1)
Old Gatlinburg Golf & Games (Page 17)
Old MacDonald’s Farm (Page 3)
Pirate Golf, at MagiQuest (Page 18)
Adventure Golf (Page 16)
Davy Crockett Mini Golf (Page 36)
Blindshot Barnaby’s Circus Golf (Page 13)
Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf (Page 22)
Hazzard County Country Club, at Cooter’s (Page 28)
Firehouse Golf (Page 32)
Treasure Quest (Not yet covered)
Lazerport (Page 20)
Gator Golf, at The Track (Not yet covered)
Smoky Mountain Fantasy Golf (Page 7)
Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf, at Nascar Speedpark (Not yet covered)
Other Dimension, at Ober Gatlinburg (*)

* Ober Gatlinburg's update is on Page 7. However, the mini golf course was not covered. So here's a photo of it:

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It should also be noted that it's been awhile since I've played Treasure Quest, Gator Golf, and Dragon's Lair--so I reserve the right to rearrange this list later, if need be. :P

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:57 pm

I don't know how these hybrid photos work, but is it possible to re-edit this to make the train color too? Amazing work as always. And oh yeah: Best.Prayer.Ever.

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Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:48 pm

^^ Glad to see we're in agreement. The only downside was when we were there in the summertime, the mosquitos were really bad on the hillbilly golf course. But come on, INCLINE!!! You just can't beat that.

-James Dillaman
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