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The 'Unique' Experience of Pigeon Forge, TN

We took a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to visit the American Eagle Foundation headquarters as well as see at least some of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Quite by chance, we were also there for the total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21, just miles from the path of totality. Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, but we decided not to see it due to the $126 entrance fee for the two of us (plus we've never had any desire to go there, anyway).

I haven't quite figured out how to organize this gallery since I have a lot of pictures from the AEF, some from the mountains and many from Pigeon Forge, which, not intending to insult anybody from there, has to be one of the tackiest looking towns I've ever seen, putting Las Vegas to shame.
Total solar ecipse in Pigeon Forge, TN
Total solar ecipse in Pigeon Forge, TN
Meeting Challenger
Meeting Challenger
Appearances can be deceiving
Appearances can be deceiving
Pbase meet-up with Buz Kiefer
Pbase meet-up with Buz Kiefer
Hint of things to come
Hint of things to come
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Challenger
Challenger
King Kong overseeing Pigeon Forge
King Kong overseeing Pigeon Forge
King Kong in context
King Kong in context
'Free moonshine tasting' in Wears Valley
'Free moonshine tasting' in Wears Valley
1830 original unaged corn moonshine
1830 original unaged corn moonshine
Smoky, an African grey parrot and AEF staff member
Smoky, an African grey parrot and AEF staff member
Sahraa takes a swim
Sahraa takes a swim
Titanic museum
Titanic museum
Machine gun rentals?
Machine gun rentals?
Glimpse inside the Christmas store
Glimpse inside the Christmas store
George, the turkey vulture
George, the turkey vulture
Over-the-top entryways (1)
Over-the-top entryways (1)
Over-the-top entryways (2)
Over-the-top entryways (2)
Over-the-top entryways (3)
Over-the-top entryways (3)
Been there, not done that
Been there, not done that
Reminders of devastation
Reminders of devastation
Belle, the eastern screech owl
Belle, the eastern screech owl
Magic
Magic
Patriotic stables
Patriotic stables
'Goats on the Roof'
'Goats on the Roof'
Roller coaster and goats on the roof
Roller coaster and goats on the roof
'Get rustic' moonshine
'Get rustic' moonshine
Challenger showing off (1/4)
Challenger showing off (1/4)
Challenger showing off (2/4)
Challenger showing off (2/4)
Challenger showing off (3/4)
Challenger showing off (3/4)
Challenger showing off (4/4)
Challenger showing off (4/4)
Challenger taking a break
Challenger taking a break
'Cute' in Wears Valley
'Cute' in Wears Valley
A bit bizarre
A bit bizarre
Enormous waterslide
Enormous waterslide
'Hand forged Tennessee spirits'
'Hand forged Tennessee spirits'
One half of the distillery
One half of the distillery
The other half of the distillery
The other half of the distillery
Sundance, the Harris's hawk
Sundance, the Harris's hawk
Keowah, the red-tailed hawk
Keowah, the red-tailed hawk
Christmas all year round
Christmas all year round
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, again
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, again
Interesting combination
Interesting combination
Kettle corn
Kettle corn
'Welcome, friends'
'Welcome, friends'
Lance, the gyr-saker falcon
Lance, the gyr-saker falcon
The alternate Ferris wheel
The alternate Ferris wheel
Bear country
Bear country
Buy a bear
Buy a bear
'Chainsaw carving'
'Chainsaw carving'
Cemetery in the national park
Cemetery in the national park
Barry, the barred owl
Barry, the barred owl
Another 'magical' place
Another 'magical' place
Bear clothing?
Bear clothing?
It's always Christmas in Pigeon Forge
It's always Christmas in Pigeon Forge
'Sugarlands Shine'
'Sugarlands Shine'
Bo, the American kestrel
Bo, the American kestrel
'Rock climbing' at Clingman's Dome
'Rock climbing' at Clingman's Dome
'Boiled peanuts'
'Boiled peanuts'
Another pass by the Titanic
Another pass by the Titanic
'God bless America'
'God bless America'
Not yet officially named desert owl
Not yet officially named desert owl
'Dinner feud'
'Dinner feud'
Great Smoky Mountain forest
Great Smoky Mountain forest
Bears and eagles, for a change
Bears and eagles, for a change
Catfish with solar eclipse glasses
Catfish with solar eclipse glasses
'Christmas Done Bright'
'Christmas Done Bright'
Owltilla, the great horned owl
Owltilla, the great horned owl
High above the town
High above the town
One more amusement park
One more amusement park
Tasteful bears
Tasteful bears
Mountain stream
Mountain stream
Not attracting many customers
Not attracting many customers
Biscuits and guns
Biscuits and guns
A different color palette
A different color palette
Sort of a Hollywood Mount Rushmore
Sort of a Hollywood Mount Rushmore
One of Tennessee’s biggest exports
One of Tennessee’s biggest exports
Flying pigs at Old MacDonald's Farm
Flying pigs at Old MacDonald's Farm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park