The Most Photographed View Anywhere!
I left this roadside vista very happy. I had my picture of
the beautiful North Carolina hills, and I felt
great. However, my elation was cut short when only 50
feet up the road I found another sign. This sign was weather
beaten and about to fall apart, but it's message was very clear.
This sign pointed me to the "most photographed spot anywhere." I
couldn't believe the owners of the tower had lied to me. How could
their place be the most photographed spot in the Smokies, if the
most photographed spot anywhere was right next door? I hate when
roadside merchants lie to me. They broke a sacred trust between
traveler and trader. Innocence was lost. How could I believe the
next Stuckey's sign that promised "the best pecan log?" How could
I be sure the billboard that told me of the "lowest cigarette
prices in three states" was being truthful or even carefully
researched? If I couldn't trust the word of billboards, how would
I be able to find the "loosest slots in the Cherokee Indian
Reservation?" My world was upside down and and I was upside down
in it. (Wait a minute, if I am upside down in an upside down
world, then that means I am right side up. So I guess I was just
right side up in an upside down world. That's it!) Sad and
disappointed I continued my trip.
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