through the as another
one of those storms I’ve been dodging blew through the area. My destination was Pigeon Forge. Now with a name like that I figured Pigeon
Forge would be a cute little Great Smoky Mountains
National Park Tennessee country
town at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains.
How wrong I was. I felt like we were driving down The Strip in
Las Vegas. It was a six lane divided boulevard lined
with tourist attraction theme parks, hotels, theaters, entertainment centers
and shopping boutiques. If that wasn’t
enough, we hit it at the beginning of some weekend vintage car sale event. For several miles on both sides of the boulevard
parked door handle to door handle were classic old cars all with for sale signs
in the windows. Some were restored; some
were rusty heaps sitting on trailers. If
you were thinking of getting a classic and couldn’t find it there, you best
rethink your dreams. Needless to say the
traffic situation was horrendous. All I
wanted to do was put Pigeon Forge in my rear view mirrors, so I blew off the
site on my list. And then all of a
sudden, there it was, on the boulevard no less.
I wheeled into the parking lot, got my picture and left.
Wonderworks is an interactive experience with games, science, weather, etc. geared for kids and the whole family.
I have to say there was another place we passed by as the traffic mass pushed us along, it may have been a hotel I am not sure. It had a life-sized creation of King Kong hanging from the top of one wing of the hotel which I think was created to look like the Empire State building, but again, I barely caught a glimpse of it. And if I am not mistaken King Kong was holding a crushed, again life-size, bi-plane in his arms. For all I know, Fay Wray may have been laid out on the edge. It was ever so much as impressive as is the upside building but no way could I change lanes, turn around and get back to it.
Okay, I found it for you. It is a new
attraction that is opening soon if not already. Hollywood Wax Museum
(off the Internet)
If you are thinking I should have went back the next day, it was only going to be worse. People were camped out or I should say had their spots all saved for what most likely would be a huge parade of cars going up and down the boulevard all day Saturday and Sunday. Think Hot August Nights in Reno, Sturgis in South Dakota or Motorcycle Week Daytona Beach and you get the idea.