Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cheech and Chong on Holiday…really mindblowing…

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Since the original Cheech and Chong have such a bad rep, I decided these little chickees could use a holiday…

So, we’re off…to discover things on this holiday that the real Cheech and Chong were too “high” to appreciate…

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Cheech and Chong visited Reelfoot Lake on their “holiday”…here’s some info about this lake….you can visit the site I got this info from HERE

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The “birds” saw this cool “home” on our journey…"(BIRD DRIVEBY)

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I thought I’d expose Cheech to some nature by participating in Outdoor Wednesday by A Southern Daydreamer

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Kirby Pocket…we’re not sure how “safe” it is here because of “who’se” here…hunters and fisherman, ya know…could be dangerous for a “couple of birds”…so we’ll make a short visit…IMG_2728

LAKE REELFOOT was formed on February 7, 1812, due to a major earthquake. The massive event created a very unique lake. Beneath the green shallow water lies the old forest of the region, which makes up one of the world's largest natural fish hatcheries. This body of water is home to 56 species of fish, and is a paradise for both commercial and sports fishermen. At the time of these earthquakes it was reported that the Mississippi River ran backwards and filled the lake. http://www.lakereelfoot.com/Lake_Info/History/body_history.html

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Kirby Pocket…a boat ramp, dock, slip area

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This is the legend about this mysterious lake

At the beginning of the 19th Century legend says that a tribe of the Chickasaws was ruled by a mighty Chief. His heart was heavy for his only son who was born with a deformed foot. As the boy grew and developed normally, his walk was different from all the other Indians. He walked and ran with a rolling motion so his people called him Kalopin, meaning Reelfoot.

When the old chief died, Reelfoot became Chief. He, too, was sad and lonely for as yet none of the Indian maidens had stirred in him the thoughts of love. His father had often told him of the mighty tribes dwelling to the south, and of the wondrous beauty of their maidens. So, restless in spirit, when the robins arrived from the north, he wandered south in quest of a princess.

After many days of travel, he reached the land of the great Choctaw Chief, Copiah. Reelfoot then beheld his dream princess, more beautiful than he had ever dared imagine, sitting close by the side of the Chief, her father.

After they had eaten and smoked the great peace pipe, Reelfoot asked for the old chief's daughter in marriage. Old Copiah was filled with wrath because he did not wish his daughter to marry a deformed chief and told Reelfoot that his daughter could only be given in wedlock to a Choctaw chieftain.

The old chief called on the Great Spirit who spoke to Reelfoot and said that an Indian must not steal his wife from any neighboring tribe, for such was tribal law and if he disobeyed and carried off the princess that He, the Great Spirit, would cause the earth to rock and the waters to swallow up his village and bury his people in a watery grave. Reelfoot was frightened at this threat of dire punishment and sorrowfully returned home.

By the end of the next summer he decided to ignore the wrath of the Great Spirit and to steal the forbidden maiden. He stole the maiden, Laughing Eyes, and returned home to the Reelfoot country to the great rejoicing of his people. Laughing Eyes was greatly frightened for she had heard what the Great Spirit had said to Reelfoot and implored that he send her back to her father. Reelfoot was so much in love that he was willing to defy everything.

In the midst of the festival and the marriage rites, the earth began to roll in rhythm with kettledrums and tom-toms. the Indians tried to flee to the hiss, but the rocking earth made them reel and stagger. Chief Reelfoot and his bride reeled also and the Great Spirit stamped his foot in anger. The Father of Waters heard and, backing on his course, rushed over Reelfoot's country.

Where the Great Spirit stamped the earth- the Mississippi formed a beautiful lake, in the bottom of which lay Reelfoot, his bride and his people. Such is the Indian legend of Reelfoot. http://www.lakereelfoot.com/Lake_Info/History/body_history.html

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A pix of a “little outdoor decorating” along the way to the “Pier” (after all this a blog about decorating…hhhhhmmmmmmmm)

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Careful guys, its forty-five degrees here and the water is even colder…we’re at the “Pier” a popular restaurant with a small park alongside…

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Sorry, guys…that’s not Mom…

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Cypress trees…

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Boat dock…

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Still not Mom…

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Cheech and Chong….That is not your Mom in that tree….geeeze guys….can’t take ya anywhere…

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OK, I’ll stop…but we’re not going there….

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but…it could be kinda interesting, I guess…

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OK guys, I’m pretty sure the “TEA PARTY” is not down that road….lets go home and get warm…after all the best part of a “holiday” is “going home”…

REELFOOT LAKE TOURISM COUNCIL

4575 STATE RT. 21 EAST

TIPTONVILLE, TN. 38079

731-253-2007

http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/ReelfootLake/

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24 comments:

  1. Cheech and Chong should get paid for their travel and tourism post!! Cute. :)

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  2. Becky this post is fabulous!! What a holiday for the little birdies! I learned something new, too!

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  3. These two little birdies had quite an adventure! Not too sure I would have gotten that close to the big fish -- afraid he would have thought I was bait!

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  4. It was so nice of Cheech and Chong to share their vacation pictures with us. :)

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  5. That was fascinating about the lake! I love when some new birds can teach an old dog new tricks (??? too many metaphors!!!!) Great post! :D Jewel

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  6. Love the names you gave them!! What a nice outdoor adventure you gave them too. What an interesting legend :0)
    Happy Holiday and O.W.!

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  7. Great post and just too cute with the birds..thanks for all the information on the lake...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  8. Becky..
    What a fun and educational journey.. Cheech and Chong seem to have enjoyed it.
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  9. Cute post, Becky, and so creative. I'm so pleased that we got to go with Cheech and Chong on their holiday... I've read about Reelfoot--but didn't know all of the details. Thanks for inviting me!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. What a time Cheech and Chong have had! Loved your story also!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  11. Cute and so "tweet" - Thanks for the adventure !
    Hugs~ Kammy

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  12. Hello I'm still making my Blue Monday visits, thank you so much for stopping by. Love your blog, cute post today!
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

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  13. I so enjoyed your post today. Thanks for sharing the Native American legend. Growing up in St. Louis, along the Mississippi, we are schooled early in the fact about the river running backwards due to the great earthquake along the fault line!

    Blessings to you and that sweet family of yours from Kansas,
    Valerie

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  14. Hi Becky...

    My friend...I just got the biggest kick out of your Cheech and Chong's holiday!!! What a beautiful lake (by the way)! Loved reading the history and what an interesting story of Indian folklore of how the lake was created! That lake sure does have some big fish down at Kerby pocket...hehe!!!

    Absolutely delightful post, Becky!!! What a hoot...Oh wait, that's an owl not a target bird...and no, Cheech and Chong...I'm not your mother!!! hehe!!! I got the biggest kick out of that!!!

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  15. Thank you for the history tour of Reelfoot Lake.
    Joyce

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  16. ooo, GOSH...this is a great post. I enjoyed every bit of it...thanks for doing such a great post!

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  17. Great post and story. You are definitely creative.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

    Barb

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  18. some cool photos here... my dog is named Buddy as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. It looks like Cheech and Chong had a wonderful day!!...Debbie

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  20. I wish I was there with them... Love their adventure! What a cute pair!

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  21. LOL Your birds had the best trip! Mine did something with a tea bag.

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  22. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Becky..Sorry I haven't been around as much lately..... I haven't felt good. Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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  23. Cheech & Chong's Great Adventure!! What a time they had!!

    PPPP

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