Friday, September 28, 2007

Older than Many, Cleaner than Some...

We saw this sign advertising a motel "on the strip" in Pigeon Forge, TN. Across the street was a sign reading "Welcome" Welcome Center. For non- country music history buffs, Pigeon Forge is the birthplace of Dolly Parton, and adjacent to her recently bankrupted Dollywood theme park. We were just a little too late to take in this attraction, but judging from the businesses that sprung up around it, we weren't missing much--lots of Appalachian and Jesus-themed supper club productions.

The drive out of the Smokies to Pigeon Forge was beautiful, as was the Pigeon River itself. In the early morning, it looks like steam pours off the river, giving it an overall smokey appearance--very cool.
But after two chilly nights in a national park with no showers, we were definitely feeling more like the commercial strip of Pigeon Forge, that is, "older than many, cleaner than some," and ready to drive on to what awaits in Arkansas.
--Kristi & Dennis

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