Wednesday, March 26, 2008
016-Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg . . . imagine being surrounded by incredible mountains, rocky streams, gorgeous trees--and then crashing into a G-rated mini-Las Vegas. It's packed with people, hotels, go-carts, arcades, mini-golf, stores, ice-cream shops, old-time photo studios, enormous dinner theaters, celebrity impersonators, 3-D film places, and so much more (including a Bible-themed special effects show). There are even wedding chapels. We stopped at a place called the Hillbilly Village, which was the saddest gift shop I've ever seen. It was "hillbilly" not in the ironic sense, but in the "we're selling our toaster to pay the rent" sense (there was literally a used toaster for sale--as well as used shoes, a coffee maker, etc. all amongst the dusty, low-quality souvenirs).