Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster – Episode 1

The highlight was zooming down the Mountain Alpine Coaster. Our first time on a coaster that is built into a mountain and you control the brakes!

Episode 1- filmed the week of July 1-6, 2018

Sculpture at Sculpture Gardens
“Anchors” – Peter Lundberg

This is the premiere video documenting our wild adventures across the USA. This week’s Activated Adventure began in Birmingham, where Dennis found a “colorful” spot to perform one of his improvised Fluky Musician videos, which he inflicts on various unsuspecting objects around the country.

Then it was on to Chattanooga, where we found an amazing outdoor sculpture park where we could perform the latest daily addition to our never ending Dance Across the Nation. It’s called Sculpture Fields, and features 33 acres of artwork from all over the world.

Sculpture The Least Amount of Space
“The Least Amount of Space” – Jason Kimes

In Knoxville, we soaked up Independence Day Festivities at World’s Fair Park, home of the 1982 World’s Fair. While we were at it, we soaked ourselves. With the aid of a little war with water balloons.

On to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, made famous by Dolly Parton and Dollywood. The streets are packed with traffic and lined with all kinds of entertainment venues, rides, gift shops and general touristville attractions. The one we zeroed in on was Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, which slowly carries you up through a scenic landscape to the top of the hills, and then lets you go full-throttle in a thrilling ride with lots of twists and turns, like a toboggan on rails. Whoops and squeals permitted at no extra charge.

Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge
The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

After that, we drove through Smoky Mountains National Park, which is scenic every inch of the way, with waterfalls, peaks and valleys, rock formations, flora, fauna (including some elk grazing beside the road) and even tourists. When we came down the other side of the mountain, we found ourselves transported to North Carolina.

Special thanks to Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster for providing the hair raising experience.

Now of course we want more. What do you recommend? Where else can you rocket down a mountain side? Please leave your suggestions for awesome adventures in the comments below.

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