|The best seat |
in the house.
|Boys waiting to go on a hike.|
That evening, later than we expected, always remember to add time to trips because of unscheduled stops, getting turned around and missing exits. We arrived in Chattanooga and checked into the hotel, and had supper.
On Tuesday we started our journey by going to Point Park Lookout Mountain Battlefield.
|Small view of Battlefield Scale Model|
|View From Point Park at|
Lookout Mountain Battlefield
The Aquarium was fun, and dry. The kids really enjoyed all the tanks. There were two separate buildings, one for salt water and one for fresh water. I think they liked the sharks and jellyfish best. Noah was very impressed to see the Alligator gars and Catfish that were bigger than him.
Walnut Street Bridge was the next closest thing to see so we headed there. This amazing bridge was built in 1890, and was the first non military highway to cross the Tennessee River. It was closed to traffic in 1978 and was reclaimed and restored about 10 years later as a pedestrian bridge to connect Chattanooga to the North Shore. It is currently one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.
So we walked to the other side and Noah and Jacob played in the large water fountain that we found on the other side. Unfortunately because of weather we were not able to ride the Dentzel Carousel. It is a antique carousel that was built in 1894 that has been completely restored. After walking the kids down the bridge and back they were worn out and ready for supper.
The next day was our trip to Ruby Falls and Rock City. Everyone was really excited about this tour and couldn't wait to see the inside of a cave.
|The entrance to |
|Our little spelunker. |
The boys gave her a
yellow hat she had
|The light at the end of the|
tunnel so to speak.
|Train Station Ticket Window|
|Watching the scenery go by|
The train stations had lots of old trains representing different periods of histroy to explore, but because of rain we just looked at the trains as we quickly made it back to our car.
Fortunately, as we began to drive back toward Rock City, there was a break in the clouds and the sun came out to visit.
Rock City here we come! This was probably my favorite part of the trip to explore.
The landscape, scenery, walking trails, and features were absolutely beautiful, and although there was one really campy part of the tour having to do with gnomes and fairy tales(it was cute and fun for the kids), overall it was the most enjoyable part of the trip for me.
That was our trip for this year. There were so many things that we didn't get to that we now have a list to see if we get to go back again. First on the list is the Chattanooga Hotel, walking downtown Chattanooga and other trails like along the river and up on Lookout Mountain, The Passage(monument for the Trail of Tears), The Historical and battle sites(too many to list), The Cravens House, The National Cemetery, The Confederate Cemetery, The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, Zip Line and Obstacle Courses, White Water Rafting, Hang Gliding, River Boat Tours, lots of caves and caverns to explore in surrounding towns, The Lost City, Dinners on the River, Train Rides to area towns, Chattanooga History Center, The Creative Discovery Museum, Rock Wall Climbing, The Art Museums, The art District, mini golf...
This area is full of things to do if you have the time to do it and the weather cooperates. Some of the stuff available wasn't appropiate for the ages of our children, but there is something for every age. There are even some award winning Golf Courses in the area.