We started off our week by checking out the natural beauty of the area. Lookout Mountain is one of the main attractions in the area and it contains, amongst other things, Rock City and Ruby Falls. Rock City is an area full of giant rocks that have been split through time thus creating pathways and caverns like a city. It was quite an impressive natural wonder but the owners have added a lot of their own paths and ideas that we felt detracted from the natural beauty (Giant City which we saw in Illinois is quite similar but much more beautiful because it covers a larger area and was left primarily to natures designs). They also had this underground area full of displays depicting nursery rhyms which Bek found quite disturbing because they were all glow in the dark and a little freaky but the craftmanship to make it was quite inpressive.
Ruby Falls is America's highest underground waterfall, about 400m below the surface and almost 150m high. You have to walk through caves to get to see it, and it IS something. It pours out of a hollow above, cascades spectacularly into a pool then runs away underground, awesome!
The Civil War history of the area had to be covered so over a few trips we checked out The Battle For Chickamauga which is a giant diorama combined with audio visual that depicts the battle of the area. It was quite impressive and gave a good orderly account of the battles. Its
amazing how they had months of preparation, then the fight would be fought and done in 48hrs. We also visited the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Park. These areas were where the actual battles took place and you can walk and drive around and see the plaques marking the locations of infantry, cavalry, artillery and the battles that they fought. It happened to be Veterans Day when we visited the parks, a timely reminder of all those who gave up their lives in battles around the world.
We couldn't miss the Chattanooga Choo Choo so we went and climbed on board. The area is now a hotel with several restaurants. You can eat and sleep on board. Whilst heading to the Choo Choo we saw a local brew pub so we stopped by and had a local brew and pizza for lunch. It had great atmosphere and was orginally an old warehouse that had been redesigned. It made us a little homesick but last night we stopped by a World Foods Maket that we happened to see as we drove by and they had Mint Slice biscuits, Tim Tams, Crunchies and Turkish Delight. All of which we now have, ha, ha, ha. We can't decide if it helps with the homesickness or makes it worse, but we are enjoying their deliciousness.
It's been an educational and fun time here in Chattanooga and we have enjoyed the natural beauty of the area. The fall colours came to their peak colour for the season and then all the leaves fell, it was incredible, like nothing we have ever seen before.
Love and Peace, the train visiting a train, Bek and Jesse.
Hello Everyone! What an interesting and busy week it has been. We have been in Chattanooga, Tennessee famous for it's civil war battles and the Chattanooga Choo Choo (the first passenger railway servicing the South), made famous in a song.