On the Road: Looking at America Through a Layer of Filth, Grime and Bug Guts

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.

most photographed spot anywhere

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