National Hansen’s Disease Museum

Hansen’s Disease is commonly known as leprosy. In 1894, Act 80 of the LA State Legislature states that those diagnosed with leprosy, a disease without a cure at the time, were to be quarantined. Seven patients are moved from New Orleans to the area that is now known as the …

Angola Prison Rodeo

Started in 1964/1965. the Angola Prison Rodeo at the Louisiana State Penitentiary is the longest running rodeo in the US. 73% of the incarcerated men are serving life sentences and otherwise the average sentence is 90 years. The men live in poor conditions in sweltering cells and many are held …

Costumed Canines

People in the New Orleans area probably have the most costumes per capita in the country. Mardi Gras costumes are worked on for weeks and Halloween is a big deal. Canine companions get the same treatment. Events include Krewe of Barkus parades, Metairie PetFest, and Krewe de Paws of Old …

Islands in the Stream

Q: What do you call Dolly Parton doing the backstroke? A: Islands in the Stream When I was a kid there were many jokes about Dolly Parton’s Double DDs. I hope she doesn’t mind the jokes back in the early 80s. Mostly, I think we were all in awe of …

Some Long Hotels

When I first pulled onto the main strip of Pigeon Forge I saw a sign that said “Courtyard 22.77, Doubles 34.77”. Knowing hotels, my initial passing thoughts was that they charged a lot for internet around here. Then, I realized that you could get a whole room for a bit …

Hillbilly Boutique

In the tourist towns of the Great Smoky Mountains there are several icons on the Tennessee side: Dolly Parton, bears, and hillbillies. As for the hillbilly, while some people find it traumatizing, some of the people of the area have embraced the term.  There is Hillbilly Golf, Hillbilly Restaurant, Hillbilly …

Foamhenge

Foamhenge debuted on April Fools Day in 2004. Mark Cline is an artist who makes dinosaurs, monsters, giant octopus, leprechauns, and all sorts of creatures. Maybe best known for Escape From Dinosaur Kingdom, a park with dinosaurs fighting civil war soldiers, Foamhenge is his favorite. Natural Bridge is a tourist …

Scattered, Smothered and Covered : Waffle House

After the party it’s the Waffle House If you ever been here you know what I’m talkin about – Jermaine Dupri “Welcome to Atlanta” The bright yellow sign with the monospaced WAFFLE HOUSE is a beacon of hope on a long road in the South. There is much to love …

Call of the Wild

The towns around the Great Smoky Mountains cater to helping people feel like they got away from it all. The fantasy doesn’t end when you feel the call of nature. Many of the bathrooms are decorated to continue the adventure. Gatlinburg TN, Pigeon Forge TN, and Cherokee NC Photographs from …

No Apricots Allowed : AAF Tank Museum

The AAF Tank Museum is 330,000 square feet of tanks and military displays. On special days they have an event where they use a flamethrower to torch a dummy or small structure and have a tank run over a couple junker cars. The museum is a mish-mash. Some displays are …