Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Part 1 - - Get Your Kid On

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Yes, I had heard of Rock City, who hasn't.  If you lived on the east side of this nation you must have seen the signs, SEE ROCK CITY. Iconic.  And, Man and I had never been, ever.  On the way north we stopped for the Easter holiday near Chattanooga.  We went "tourist" for a week.  Had a great time.

Rock City.  As early as 1823 visitors came to the area. From their web site, we learn some more of the history:

"1928 – Frieda Carter spent four years forging a path through the wilderness among the rock formations with only a string to mark her trail. Garnet Carter introduced her unique gardens to the public as Rock City Gardens in 1932.

1936 – Garnet Carter began his famous barn roof advertising campaign to lure vacationers from the highways. By the 1950’s Clark Byers had painted “See Rock City” on 900 barn roofs from Michigan to Texas."

A mixture of the truly magnificent beauty of nature and some good healthy tourist trap fun:

Frieda's gardens had some friends, German statues of gnomes and famous fairytale characters.  Today, we enjoy the delights of our childhoods:

This flower and butterfly statuary was whimsical and delightful.  There were other butterflies on trees nearby.

The entrance to the Fairyland Caverns.

Let there be music!

There were quite a few displays with black lights and glowing paint.  They were fun and challenging to photograph.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Guess this is depicting the aftermath??

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks.  She  liked to walk in the forest.  One day, she came upon a house.  She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in.

At the table in the kitchen, there were three bowls of porridge. Goldilocks was hungry.  She tasted the porridge from the first bowl.

"This porridge is too hot!" she exclaimed.

So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl.

"This porridge is too cold," she said

So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge.

"Ahhh, this porridge is just right," she said happily and she ate it all up.

After she'd eaten she wandered into the living room where she saw three chairs.  Goldilocks sat in the first chair to rest her feet.  

"This chair is too big!" she exclaimed.

So she sat in the second chair.

"This chair is too big, too!"  she whined.

So she tried the last and smallest chair.

"Ahhh, this chair is just right," she sighed.  But just as she settled down into the chair to rest, it broke into pieces!

Goldilocks was very tired by this time, so she went into the bedroom.  She lay down in the first bed, but it was too hard.  Then she lay in the second bed, but it was too soft.  Then she lay down in the third bed and it was just right.  Goldilocks fell fast asleep.

As she was sleeping, the three bears came home.

"Someone's been eating my porridge," growled the Papa bear.

"Someone's been eating my porridge," said the Mama bear.

"Someone's been eating my porridge and they ate it all up!" cried the Baby bear.

"Someone's been sitting in my chair," growled the Papa bear.

"Someone's been sitting in my chair," said the Mama bear.

"Someone's been sitting in my chair and they've broken it all to pieces," cried the Baby bear.

They decided to look around some more so they went into the bedroom.

Papa bear growled, "Someone's been sleeping in my bed,"

"Someone's been sleeping in my bed, too" said the Mama bear

"Someone's been sleeping in my bed and she's still there!" exclaimed Baby bear.

Just then, Goldilocks woke up and saw the three bears.  She jumped up and ran out of the room.  She ran away into the forest.  And she never returned to the home of the three bears.

Mary and her little Lamb, and despite the verse, this Mary looks quite agitated with her lamb. Scowl much Mary???

Mary had a little lamb,
its fleece was white as snow,

And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go;

He followed her to school one day--
That was against the rule,

It made the children laugh and play,
to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near,

And waited patiently about,
till Mary did appear.

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
the eager children cry.

"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
 the teacher did reply.

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle,

The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon.
The little Dog laughed,
To see such sport,

And the Dish ran away with the Spoon

Next, I'll bring you the historical and natural beauty of Rock City Tennessee.

*  The stories and rhymes remembered over the years, kids and grandkids are good for that kind of thing, eh??

**  Did you know that Goldilocks was an old lady in the telling of the story in the early 1800's?  Really!  Go check out the Wikipedia page on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


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