Chattanooga, Tennessee

Today was our fun day,   I’ve talked Big in to letting us have one each road trip.  So, we started out at 5:00 a.m. – that’s Eastern time, or Fast time around these parts.  So last week when we were on the west coast, that would be 2:00 a.m.  Oh, dark thirty is a better description.  Gordon Andretti, aka Big, he thinks of himself as an Italian off-road driver,  drove down the mountain – fast.  We hit Chattanooga in time for our scheduled appointment on KDEF, channel 12 for their morning show to promote the event this weekend.

Breakfast followed at the City Café – it was all I could do not to order pie for breakfast, they looked awesome.  The rest was great too – you’ll find it attached to the Days Inn right on the main drag in to town.  And then we were headed to the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

What a cool little place that is.  The hotel rooms are made from the train cars.  You can dine in the dining car, and we assume the Club Car is for drinking.  But since it was 7:30 in the morning, we didn’t check that out.  The old depot is beautifully restored and the grounds meticulously kept.  Lots of pictures taken there.

One of the things I love about traveling is that we get to bring JE with us.  Oh my gosh, that kid keeps me laughing.  He is the quickest wit and loves to pose for pictures, check him out on the brick railroad offering a pedestrian a ride.

We followed up the Chattanooga Choo Choo with a trip to RockCity.  While it is right on the edge of Chattanooga, it is actually on Lookout Mountain in Georgia.  A quick trip up the mountain and we were there when the gates opened. RockCityis a private garden established during the depression and opened to the public at that time.  It is famous for it’s advertising campaigns, which remind me of Wall Drug inSouth Dakota.  You see “SeeRockCity” signs all over the place.

The gardens were actually pretty cool, and the rocks are incredible.  They’ve got a thing for gnomes though, so we counted all that we saw – ended up being 76 that we found, when we asked the lady at the gift shop if that was all of them, she just shook her head and said, “Y’all were only supposed to count the ones in the Valley.”  But that’s just not our style, if we’re gonna do something, we’re gonna do it big!. JE sang songs like “Gnome-body knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” and “Gnome, Gnome on the Range” – he keeps me in stitches.

I have to say our “Fun day” was awesome, we saw some very cool things, when we came back and told the crew what we did today, it was amazing how many of them had never been there.  That’s pretty typical of locals, they never see the things that are closest to them.  Don’t let that happen to you, if there is a “tourist attraction” go out and see it.  Report back here and you can guest blog all about it.  We’ll also put it on our list of places to see.

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