High on Beech Mountain, NC sits an unexpected surprise - the land of OZ! This amusement park is an all-but-abandoned place, as inaccessible and remote as the fairy-tale land itself. One weekend every year, though, the magic returns to the mountain! I'm eternally grateful I got to visit this place in the height of my love of all things Oz in the 70s. Rhonda and I went together as part of a Modern Woodman field trip.
Dorothy led you along the yellow brick road, and you met every familiar character along the way.
|All that's left of the balloons today.|
A very good friend of mine and I returned just a few years ago on the October weekend the park is open, and we had every bit as much fun on our "return to Oz!"
|Return to Oz|
|Entering Dorothy's house.|
|Through the cyclone!|
|Is that Dorothy and Glinda I spy through the trees?|
|Welcome to Munchkinland!|
|If I only had a heart.|
|Put 'em up! Put 'em up!|
|Beware the Winkies!|
Waylaid by the witch at her castle in the Haunted Forest!
|Poppies will put them to sleep!|
|The gates of Oz!|
Farewell to Oz...
For those who love L. Frank Baum's timeless story, I discovered this weekend that there were fourteen Oz books written in all, plus one book of Oz fairy-tales. L. Frank Baum even dubbed himself "Royal Historian" of Oz. Books of Wonder has all the books available for the first time in about 90 years - there is even a wonderful recreation of the 1st edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Not surprisingly, they're on back order...and I think it's great.