Thursday, December 01, 2016
Who knew that a pile of logs like Fort Wilderness could be so beloved? For many years the rustic structure was one of the main attractions on Tom Sawyer Island. Guests could explore it, climbing up to the upper level to peer over the battlements, "firing" guns from the sentry towers, clanging the big triangle, tossing a penny into the well, or checking in with Andy Jackson, Davy Crockett, and Georgie Russell. And when you were tuckered out, you could sneak out the secret escape to a remote trail. The fun was perhaps low key by today's standards, but if you used your imagination, it was just the thing.
Big wheel, keep on turnin'... when I build my private theme park (I'll call it "Neverland"!), I will definitely have a big river and a genuine sternwheeler. And it will be a thing of beauty, just like the Mark Twain. Sometimes I think I could ride that thing all day. I love the father and son on the middle level, with the kid so interested in what is going on!