Canadian Buffoon's Back to Front Vacation - Update! 01/14 - Backside of Water

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  1. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Yup. Don't even ask.
    But thanks for the offer,
    I'd love to see the new place.
    Maybe in September, if things
    work out.

    I mentioned it a bit earlier,
    but I'll post my parks/days
    and we can figure out a spot
    to meet... Re-meet.
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  2. docsoliday1

    docsoliday1 DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever

    Mar 12, 2008
    Absolutely. Looking forward to it, but seriously...if Elle will be uncomfortable, I don't want to be the cause.
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  4. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Oh, no worries there. I've already told her.
    "Listen. The guy that helped us out?
    We're meeting him."

    She was okay with it.
    I told her it'd be a short visit,
    not a meal or 1/2 day or something.

    MAGICFOR2 Condimentessa

    Nov 29, 2005
    [​IMG] Helloooo! No excuses, but life. 1. Tablet won't let me comment, too lazy to get out of bed to comment. 2. Disneyland for training right before Christmas. 3. Christmas. 4. New Year in San Antonio with my son's brood of 7! (tried to share a photo here, but can't figure out how to load them. Used to be able to copy and paste?

    5. Back here to try to catch up from work. Anyway, Loving all of your meets. So fun to see Mark's family. I haven't seen any pics in awhile. The kids are getting so big! Looks like Sarah is a normal teen :) Wow! I wouldn't expect a Corning museum to be so interesting. You really saw some beautiful pieces, and Tracy is beautiful also! Too bad you missed Rob. Hopefully I can keep up a little better, but please don't hold your breath! :rotfl2:
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019 at 1:15 PM
  6. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Totally understand, Tammie. :)
    Pop in when you can
    and when you wish!

    All my meets were wonderful!!

    Aren't they, though???
    Wish I could've met Sarah.
    Maybe some other time. :)

    It really was!
    I want to go back
    and spend a lot more time.

    Yes and yes. :)

    Still bummed about that.
    I can see a redo/re-try
    in my future.

    :laughing: Okay!
  7. Chrystmasangel

    Chrystmasangel Mouseketeer

    Mar 17, 2014
    Hey darlin! =) I will get an intro in soon. I am whipped today and I am not sure how I will be tomorrow. Clinical days are getting longer. LOL
  8. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    So it would seem.

    Hope you're feeling
    better soon, though.
  9. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Backside of Water

    After a few days of
    getting up stupid early,
    it was time to catch up
    on some much needed

    I don't regret those
    early days, though.
    I met or re-met some
    wonderful folks.

    But today...
    No DISmeets scheduled.
    Time to sleep in.

    And I did. Until 9:00am.

    Not nearly as much as I
    wanted, but that's the
    way the cookie crumbles.

    Hmmm... maybe it was
    cookie crumbs in bed
    that woke me up.

    Wait... I had ice cream,
    not cookies.

    Still, 9:00am isn't too
    bad for me.
    In any event, I was up
    and out the door by 10am.

    Today was an easy drive.
    Asheville, NC to Atlanta, GA.
    Google says I can do it
    in under three and a half hours.

    Well that won't do.

    So I added on five hours.

    I had told myself that
    depending on the time
    I woke up, it would dictate
    the route I'd take that day.
    If I had slept til noon,
    I would've driven
    straight to Atlanta.
    But I didn't, so I didn't.

    In the car by 10:00am.
    First things first.
    Need to put some gas
    in the jalopy.
    Remember the drill?
    I wrote this on the
    very first chapter:

    I have a system when I fuel up my car.
    I put my card in the machine,
    and while it decides whether or not
    I am worthy of receiving its liquid gold,
    I unscrew the gas cap.
    Once it's deemed me worthy,
    I fill up, and while I wait for my receipt,
    I screw back the gas cap.

    Except every now and then
    the system breaks down.
    The pumps don't take my cards,
    so I have to go inside to prepay.
    Or the machine is out of paper
    and I have to go inside to get
    my receipt.

    Both annoy me.
    I like to get in and get out.

    So having to take the extra
    minute or two to prepay
    or fetch a receipt...
    Bugs me.

    This morning was one of those mornings.
    I put my card in, took the gas cap off,
    pumped the gas, asked for my receipt
    when the tank was filled and... nothing.

    Grumbling, I marched into the station
    to fetch my receipt.
    Less than 30 seconds later, still grumbling,
    I marched back to the car and drove off.

    I have decided that I am a big baby.
    (Every woman reading this has already
    deduced this.
    About every man, actually.)

    Fifteen minutes later, I was on the road
    when I met my first redneck.

    Is that a correct term?
    Do you have rednecks in NC?
    Or is that only farther south?


    I was driving along in the
    right hand lane
    (and if you don't...
    unless you're
    passing someone.)
    when out of the corner
    of my eye
    (do eyes have corners?)
    I noticed a jacked up,
    lifted up pick-up truck.
    This monstrosity pulls up
    beside me and...
    Just sits there.
    He doesn't pass, he just
    keeps pace with me.

    I hate that.
    Either pass me or don't.
    Don't just drive along
    beside me.
    I'm not racing you
    and I'm not impressed
    by your stupid truck.
    And if I want to pass
    someone... I can't...

    Sorry for the outburst.

    I, of course, don't give
    him the satisfaction
    of acknowledging his

    Ha! That'll learn him.
    Go peddle your wares
    somewhere else,
    Mr. Less-Than-Well-Endowed.

    After a couple minutes,
    I'm feeling like I accomplished
    something by making a point
    of ignoring him and it's time
    to cast a withering glance his way.

    The moment my eyes turned
    towards him, the driver
    pointed to my car
    and mouthed something.

    I politely nodded and pulled
    over onto the shoulder.

    I got out of my car and replaced
    the dangling gas cap.

    Whoopsie! :rolleyes: :blush:

    It's the machine's fault
    for not having paper
    at the gas pump
    and disrupting my routine.
    I am merely an innocent bystander...



    Nice of that young man
    to help me out like that.
    Did I mention he had
    a nice truck?


    Fuel properly safeguarded
    for imminent consumption,
    I continued on my way.

    The last time I'd been
    in this area, I'd had
    several very pleasant
    hours of driving in driving rain
    and zeroing in on my destination
    with zero visibility while sheets
    of rain scared the...

    It was not fun.

    Today... I had decided to
    put a little detour in my
    route and enjoy a scenic

    I am fortunate enough
    to have a job that allows
    me to take vacations
    from time to time.
    A job is more than just
    a place to work.
    It's also a place where
    you cry in the bathroom.

    The drive was gorgeous.
    Winding roads for days.

    A brief sampling:


    My first stop was less
    than an hour from
    the hotel.
    More if you add in time
    to stop for gas and
    again to look like an idiot
    while you're pulled over
    on the shoulder, reattaching
    your dangling gas cap.

    I'm pretty used to looking
    like an idiot anyway,
    so I pretty much nailed that part.

    Looking Glass falls is a very
    popular stop.
    It's just off the highway
    so easily accessible.
    There were quite a few
    folks coming and going.



    I didn't stay overly long.
    I popped back in the car
    and drove... about a mile
    farther on down the road.

    I parked beside a family
    who were busy putting
    rubber boots on.

    We exchanged good mornings
    and I asked if the trail
    was particularly muddy.
    (I only had my sneakers.)
    They assured me it was
    a little wet, but not bad.

    I had to stop and decide
    if I wanted to risk the hike.
    While I was no longer overly
    concerned about getting
    my shoes dirty, I was
    worried about slipping
    and jarring my back.

    Nothing ventured, nothing pained...
    Then again...
    Sometimes when you follow
    the masses... the "M" is silent.

    So off I went.


    The trek to the falls is mostly
    up-hill and takes about 15-30
    minutes (depending on fitness)
    I probably did it in 20-25 or so.



    While I do stop for photos,
    when I'm moving... I move.
    As it turned out, the only
    issue I had was this fallen tree.


    Over or under?
    The thought of bending over
    that much... possibly hurting
    my back, possibly falling in
    the dirt, decided for me.
    Up and over!



    When I arrived, I'd left a family
    of four, whom I'd passed near
    the entrance of the trail, far
    behind and therefore had the
    falls all to myself.
    A perfect opportunity to take
    some photos without heads
    or bodies in the way.


    Ladies and gentlemen...
    The backside of water!!


    (Just squint. You'll see it.)

    The trek back down, was oddly
    less strenuous than the hike up.
    When I got to the car,
    another vehicle was just pulling up
    and they asked me if this was
    Looking Glass falls.
    I gave them directions and information
    on the trail and falls here.

    I've mentioned this in other TRs...
    I don't know what it is, but I
    often get asked for directions.
    And, even though I'm a stranger too...
    I frequently know
    the answer! :laughing:

    I only made a couple more stops
    after this. I still had to get
    to my night's destination,
    in Atlanta.

    One of my first stops, was
    Smokey Mountain Harley.
    I went in to collect my poker-chip.
    Nice place. One of the bigger ones.
    I saw chips for other places?
    Odd. I've never seen that before.

    I asked a clerk where the chips
    were for this location.

    "We don't have any.
    This is an outlet."

    Uh... what?
    I've been to over a hundred
    Harley stores.
    Including some that only sell
    shirts and novelties (no bikes.)
    This is the first time I've
    encountered anything like this.
    They all have their own chips. :confused3

    I moved on out of the outlet.

    My next stop would be much
    more satisfying.
    Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop,
    in Knoxville, TN.



    I sashayed in and ordered
    up an apple pie and an orange soda.
    I can't say which was better,
    that's like comparing apples to oranges.


    mmmmm…. pie.
    And just the right size.

    Well... any size pie
    is the right size.

    It's pie, people!
    (Do not, under any
    circumstances, ever
    order people pie, people.)

    You may have noticed that
    the pie in question is not
    a full-sized pie.
    And I can neither confirm
    nor deny that I might have
    also had a lemon meringue pie.

    Tummy happy, I waddled out
    and drove on.

    I eventually arrived at my
    destination hotel in Atlanta.
    I was a bit surprised when
    I got there.
    All Country Inn & Suites seem
    to follow a fairly common
    architectural design.
    This one looked like it had
    once been an apartment block.
    And not a particularly new one.

    Well... I'm here now.
    I approached the check in
    desk and waited.
    The clerk was not overly talkative.
    She just looked at me.
    I told her I had a reservation.
    She said "Name?"
    I told her... and that's the last
    thing she said until she handed
    me my keys and I asked her
    what time breakfast was served.

    She said "Seven."

    That was it. Two words.
    Gotta admire the restraint
    to engage in superfluous

    Info procured, I went off
    to find my room.
    I don't remember the exact room
    number, but it started with a higher
    number, like 11 or 12,
    so I got in the elevator.
    Once in, I quickly saw that the hotel
    didn't have 11 or 12 floors.
    I rode up to the top with a couple
    other people, then road back down.
    My room was on the main floor.
    Of course.
    Made perfect sense.
    All the other hotels on the planet
    were doing it wrong. That's all.

    I got into my room and spotted
    this sign in the bathroom:



    I fell asleep wondering if
    my car would still be there
    in the morning.
    And which items I might
    consider purchasing.

    I decided to leave the pillows,
    sheets, blankets and comforters...
    but take the mattress.
    It, apparently, was free.

    I'm all about the freebies.

    I also made sure the door locks
    were firmly in place.

    Today's map:


    In case you didn't see it:


    Did you see it in this chapter?

    Coming up... Just breathe.
  10. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012

    Um, no, you do not want to meet my MIL. She wasn't concerned for my safety at all, was just thinking I was stepping out on her precious son.

    It was the same chain. That's how he got mixed up. Coming from a small town (Erie, PA), he had no idea that a city might have more than one hotel from the same chain. :rotfl:

    Well, she wasn't actually concerned for my safety, just made I was meeting other men behind her son's back. :rotfl2:


    Definitely a red neck.

    :lmao: See even red necks can be nice sometimes.


    It doesn't look like too bad of a walk, they even provided some steps!

    Another pretty one!

    ohhhhh, ahhhhhh!!

    That looks amazing. I'll have to keep it in mind if I ever make it back up to Knoxville. I've only been there once and it was for a DIS meet.

    :scared1: Definitely tells you want kind of area you were staying in.

    I don't blame you at all considering the area of Atlanta you were staying in.

    I did see your sponsorship of the pie place but it took me twice through to see it. Sneaky, I was looking for Marvin as usual and missed it!
  11. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Oh, dear.
    I hope you told her there were two men...

    and let her imagination run wild.

    Imagine that!

    It's not like we took
    you out for dinner
    or anything.


    Called it!

    And Northerners
    can be opinionated.


    The walk wasn't bad at all!
    Certainly didn't have to
    worry about turning
    an ankle or anything.

    I actually preferred this one.
    A bit more remote.
    A bit more quiet.

    Correct response. ::yes::

    There may be one closer to you.
    I know when I double checked,
    that I saw a few in other cities.

    Unfortunately... yes.

    I had no idea.
    Then again... I picked
    it for proximity to my
    next day's outing.

    Can't keep doing the
    same thing all the time.
    How else can I keep you
    on your toes?
  12. irene_dsc

    irene_dsc DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2007
    Purty waterfalls. The second reminded me a bit of the scenery at Starved Rock State Park (in Illinois).
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    Complete with the backside of water...
  13. SoccerDogWithEars

    SoccerDogWithEars DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2005
    That's pretty on par for me. Some days I can stretch it until 10.

    Well of course.

    See, I just don't ever get a receipt. I have a checkbook register on my phone, plug it in there, and roll on.

    Depends on where you are. Eastern NC you have rednecks. Western/mountains you have hillbillies.

    I knew this was coming when you first outlined your steps.

    Or dry heave. You know, if you're suffering from the sickness that they say only hits in the morning but really is all day.

    This is our wifi name :teeth:

    Joe also had an excellent moment once in Disney World. We were trying to find Pecos Bill's, and he pointed out an entrance. I said I thought it was the back of the restaurant, and without missing a beat he goes "The ninth wonder of the world, the backside of a restaurant!"

    Groan. :sad2:

    Eh. I'm not a huge fan of pie. Too much crust, not enough yummy stuff.

    Ha. Yikes.

    When we were on our way back from Disney last September and trying to get around Florence (the hurricane, not the city), we stayed the night at an America's Best Value Inn because it was the only hotel with an available room within 50 miles. When we got to the room, I sent Joe back out the truck for a screwdriver so we could screw the chain back into place on the door.
  14. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Ever since I had kids, I can't sleep past 7:00 a.m. 9:00 is incredibly late!

    Ew. Now that's a mess.

    As one does.


    Ok, maybe a little, but it hurts to see that out in the open.

    Looks like @SoccerDogWithEars has you covered there.

    Oh, man. One of my pet peeves! I also hate it when two cars block both lanes ahead of me by driving the same speed. They have rear-view mirrors, right? They can see the line of cars piling up?

    :rotfl2: Nice of the driver to help you out.



    Yeah, but nobody would leave it off in the first place.

    Dang it! You had 20 readers ready to jump on that joke.

    Wow, nice shot!

    :rotfl2: I think I've heard you use that one before.



    Looks like Schweitzer Falls, after the famous Dr. Albert Falls.

    Well...that's a bummer.

    Oh, man. Now this sounds promising.

    I see what you did there. :laughing:

    Wow, that looks legit!


    What about soylent green pie?

    Attaboy. :thumbsup2

    It's that old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Nothing like it anywhere.


    Wow. I guess that's one way to address it.

    So I wonder...was this the same Country Inn I stayed in near Atlanta? Was it in the southern part of the city, next to the old Braves ballpark? Because man, that was a skeevy one.

    Stealing airplane plasticware again, I see.

    This is incorrect.
  15. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007

    It really does look similar!
    Now I have a new waterfall
    to go see. :goodvibes

    Hey! You're stealing my lines!
    (which I stole from Disney.)
  16. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Same here.
    Occasionally I can go to 10,
    but I'm going to have to be
    pretty short on sleep
    for that to happen.

    It's what I do.

    Is this an app?
    I'd like to do that.
    I do keep receipts,
    but I don't really need
    the ones for groceries, etc.

    Ah. Well, you'd be the expert. :)

    Always give the readers
    just enough info to figure
    it out for themselves.


    Gotta say I haven't been
    "afflicted" with that before.

    You didn't say when you were
    ready to pop, though?




    That's very good!

    You're welcome.
    I was particularly pleased
    about that one.

    So then leave the crust.
    I do.


    "Spoon in hand, Annie happily
    opens a tin of pie filling
    and digs in."

    Yikes. Now there's an
    appropriate response.

    I remember you telling me about it.

    Presume (like me) you were glad
    to leave (in one piece... with all your stuff.)
  17. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Don't worry.
    That'll come back...
    In about 20 years.

    Not my bed.

    Um... does this mean
    the invite to stay over
    at your place is rescinded?

    Yes. You would know that.

    Dude. It's not like it's a secret.


    Yes! Drives me nuts.

    See what I did there?


    For sure!
    Who would do that????

    Pre-emptive strike.

    Thanks! :)

    Nope! First one.
    Pretty sure.

    This was Moore Cove falls.
    Named after the famous spy,
    Moore, Cove Moore.

    License to drip.

    Ah well.
    Will write a strongly worded
    letter to Harley headquarters.



    Gotta say...
    I was pretty happy with it. :goodvibes

    Dude! I just talked about that!


    Very welcoming and open.

    Effective, I'm betting.

    Yes! That's the one.
    Possibly the last time I stay there.

    Thievery everywhere!
    I need to put up a sign.

  18. irene_dsc

    irene_dsc DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2007
    If you do go to Starved Rock, there are several waterfalls, actually. You can get to one or two in a short time, but most people do it as a day trip, or stay overnight. Some of the hiking is more challenging than others. I forget if that particular waterfall was accessed by one of the trails that was officially closed (due to a bridge being out) but accessible via scrambling around an alternate route, so to speak. That was also during the pouring rain, tho that part is not necessary for the experience! It gets pretty crowded on weekends, since it is convenient from Chicago, but dh and I went on a Thursday-Friday and it was a lot more manageable.
  19. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Thanks Irene.
    Not sure if I'll make it
    there or not.
    No clue yet if my next
    (well... next after May)
    will be driving or flying.
    And if it's driving...
    If I'll have the time.

    Looks intriguing, though!

    Just to be sure, it's This One right?
  20. irene_dsc

    irene_dsc DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2007
    Yep, that's the one! Worth a trip, but it's not a quick stop at the side of the road, that is for sure.
  21. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007

    And... I kinda got that impression. :)

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