Friday, January 28, 2011

Chimney Rock

I've heard of Chimney Rock ever since we moved to North Carolina -- but somehow had never visited this popular tourist attraction.  So when I traveled yesterday to speak at a luncheon that was just up the road from Chimney Rock Village, I took the time to have a look at this beloved landmark.
Probably because I have an English major's dirty mind, it didn't exactly look like a chimney to me. Nope, I know a phallic symbol when I see one.
I only admired from afar. There was no time to climb the stairs to the top.
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29 comments:

Witch of Stitches said...

Well! I know where I'm going the next time I'm up that way, LOL!!! Thank you Vicki (I know, there I go with the exclamation points again)

Joan said...

Oh yes, phallic indeed. I can just hear my mother say when I asked..what is that? It's a chimney darling.. while she smirked and giggled with my father.

Miss_Yves said...

Allo, Dr Freud !? (Lol!)

"to have an English major's dirty mind"
"avoir l'esprit mal tourné"in French

Miss_Yves said...

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My Carolina Kitchen said...

Wow. You are so right Vicki. It does look like a phallic symbol. I got a kick out of Joan's comment. My parents would have said something very similar to me.

I've never been to Chimney Rock, but I've seen the signs for it going south on I-26 from Asheville.
Sam

Reader Wil said...

Ha, ha ...a phallic symbol with a fence on top! Very great landmark!

Alan Burnett said...

Phallicy is in the eye of the beholder

Elora said...

Yep! Couldn't agree more!

Elora

Brian Miller said...

haha. i have been there...and i will now never look at it the same...smiles.

Mel said...

I'm glad you said it because at the first picture I thought, no, not a chimney but a penis. I'm glad I'm not the only one. Maybe there is a certain angle where it appears more like a chimney, or chimbley as I've heard them called. But I'm not seeing it. Glad you got to see it, even from afar.

Helen T in SC said...

On the close up it even looks like a hairy belly leading to the rock hard member. This is my kind of natural outcropping.

Miss_Yves said...

www.pbgalerie.ch/blog/2010/11/25/cheminees-de-fees-colorado-provencal-de-rustrel/

Cheminées des fées en Roussillon

Miss_Yves said...

photos.forumpro.fr/t8853-les-cheminees-de-fees-d-ille-sur-tet-66

On les appelle aussi'"demoiselles coiffées"
Rien de phallique, n'est-ce pas ,!

Suz said...

relief! i thought I was the only one who saw it...hee hee
"Is that a chimney in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"...came to mind

Bouncin' Barb said...

We saw pics of that in many of the rest stops in NC and have said we'd love to see it sometime. But with our knees I'm afraid climbing those stairs is not going to go over well. Thanks for the pictures.

Kath said...

Thank goodness it's not just me who sees other than chimney.

So. Is there a transformational language explanation of chimney as the rock's name? Was chimney a euphemism at some time? Was it somebody's name?
Or a spectacular joke!

Vicki Lane said...

Ah -- I see there must be a lot of English majors out there!

Do check out the links Miss Yves gave for some more interesting ...er ... outcroppings.

Martin H. said...

Is that a rocky outcrop, or is the mountain just pleased to see me?

Brenda said...

Okay, I have been to Chimney Rock many times and have never seen this - but as I was reading this post, I took one look at that first photo and went "what the....??" It must have been the angle, the lighting from the sun, something!! Pretty funny. I know what I'm going to be looking for on my next visit...

Everyday Goddess said...

my major wasn't english, but i see what you see!

Friko said...

yes, quite true, if I remember rightly.
Glad to know that dirty minds can share a giggle.

Markin said...

English majors and classics majors, Vicki -- that was my first reaction, too. (Not surprising. Some of those Greek and Roman paintings and statues gave proper Victorians major conniption fits. [grin])

Haven't been up Chimney Rock, myself, but if and when you do go, consider combining the trip with a boat tour of Lake Lure, which is close by. (You can see the one from the other, either direction.) It's a very pleasant diversion, especially if the skipper/tourguide is a good one. Lots of lore. They're especially proud of the fact that Dirty Dancing was filmed there ...

--Mario

Tess Kincaid said...

I'm very relieved that you mentioned it first, because I certainly didn't see any chimney.

Liza Ursu said...

I'm with Tess!
Hilarious post, and informative too.

Star said...

You're right! It does look exactly like a man's favourite appendage. It also looks extremely steep and horrendous to climb. I think that, like you, I'd be happy to admire it from afar.
What did the Cherokee call it, I wonder?

Markin said...

Star, I'm sure Vicki will be delighted to discover there's an elevator ... ;)

--Mario

Victoria said...

Another English major here, LOL.

Star, since I'm half Cherokee, I can say with the utmost assurance that the Cherokee name for Chimney Rock was....................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Dick.

Vicki Lane said...

You all are too funny.

Vicki Lane said...

You all are too funny.