When we were kids, my parents dragged us to San Antonio to see the Alamo. My mother LOVES Texas. I don't. Just one of many of our differences.
So, upon arriving, we 6 kids just stood there like, "Huh. There it is." We didn't grasp the significance. We didn't care. We were kids.
In addition to our lack of interest, the Alamo is significantly underwhelming. Agreed? I'm pretty sure rather than marveling at the size or structure or presence of this piece of history, we were quoting Pee Wee's Big Adventure, "There's no basement in the Alamo!"
I think you know by now, I like history. I like dragging our kids (and Blake, truth be told) to sites like the Alamo. I think it's important for kids to learn such things. But, some simply don't live up to the hype.
Grand Canyon - awesome
Mount Rushmore - impressive
Four Corners - lame
What? The (now suggested to be false) location where 4 states meet at one single point? We can all stand in a different state to take a picture? This wasn't fantastic?
Nope. I thought Blake was going to kill me upon arriving. We drove 400 miles out of the way on our Griswold Cross Country Trek of '09 to marvel at this location. It was a tourist trap, complete with tents selling all sorts of souvenirs. And, we paid to see it. Damn. All sorts of wrong.
I'm glad we went. It was hokey and touristy and definitely "my" kind of thing. But, did it impress? No way.
***What have you been disappointed by? What looked different in person? Movie.....book......historical site......what didn't live up to the hype?