I'm back from a short overnight jaunt with DH, sans the Stooges. We headed up the hill from Hotlanta, in the sweltering heat, to Chattanooga, TN.
Unfortunately, it was sweltering at our destination too. Thank heavens the car's AC is now fixed!
DH and I managed to have a good time despite the heat. Nice room, with a comfy bed. We were told the room had a mountain view.
Oh well! Who looks out windows in hotel rooms anyhow? The AC worked, that was important!
We did see lots of things. We went through a long tunnel at Tunnel Hill. Kinda cool. And narrow - one lane.
|For those not used to driving in the South, See Rock City signs used to be everywhere.|
I decided we should drive up Lookout Mountain. So up the hill we went. We did not See Rock City, but we did go past Ruby Falls. I was really amused when DH thought Ruby Falls was a place to mine rubies, instead of being a tourist trap. Lots of folks were being sucked in at Ruby Falls, but not us. We journeyed on, up up the hill and stopped at...
The Incline Railroad.
We weren't done yet. We went a little further up the hill, to Point Park, on the top of Lookout Mountain. For those that don't know, Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain were big parts of the American Civil war. The battle of Lookout Mountain was known as the "Battle above the Clouds".
Lots of things to see at the park, which is run by the National Park Service. There were cannons. I think these are the kind referred to as Napolean cannons.
And memorials. This is the New York Peace Memorial, which has a Union and a Confederate soldier shaking hands on top.
And lots of great views, like this of the Tennessee River. As you can tell, the extreme heat made the day hazy.
We got reminders of how many soldiers were killed or injured in this battle. This is just the Confederate casualties.
For Civil War buffs such as DH, this is a great spot to visit. The visitor's center houses a huge painting called "Battle Above the Clouds" painting by James Walker. It's 13' x 40' - very large. It was commissioned by the winner, General Hooker (center on the white horse).
After we left the park (and consumed a lot of water - hot hot hot!) we went down, down the hill. I remember a friend burning her brakes out on this hill years ago, and I wonder how. It's steep - but not as bad as going to Mom's place! I just gear down.
The other adventure we had in Chattanooga was a river ride on the boat River Gorge Explorer. It makes guided tours down the Tennessee River, and you learn about the river, wildlife, and Civil War history. Since it's a catamaran with jet engines, the boat is FAST.
And comfy - air conditioned! DH and I were glad to beat the heat.
We got to see wildlife. This is an osprey nest, with adults and fledglings on the nest. We saw a lot of herons, egrets, turtles.
The guide was a biologist who specialized in shellfish. He showed us some neat mussels. The interior of this large native mussel is pink - isn't it gorgeous? I recommend the boat ride - it was fun.
And yes, I did a bit of tatting. I bought an old timey cloth doll at a fair recently, and have given her some tatted edging on her blouse. I'm adding some hair to her (using embroidery floss), and then I'll give her to my little niece Kara.
What are you doing this summer?