Pardon me boy…

is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?

Why yes, yes it is.

We took a little road trip this past weekend up to Chattanooga Tennessee. It is a mere ninety minutes from our house! Who knew Tennessee was so close? (not me!)

We had such an excellent time! We visited Ruby Falls, the Incline Railway, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, and Rock City.

Here are my kids atop a swing bridge in Rock City – one of my new favorite places in the whole world.

(we all made it safely across the swing bridge – even the husband who had childhood memories of this bridge being rickety, at least a million feet above the rest of the park and hanging so precariously to the side of the mountain that his entire family would fall to their deaths at any moment  – – btw, his memory exaggerates a teensy-tiny bit)

How could you not love a place that includes areas named “Needles Eye” “Deer Park” “Lovers Leap” “Fairy Caverns” “Gnome’s Bridge” … and our personal favorite “Fat Man’s Squeeze” (which we all made it through, thankyouverymuch).

Oh – and I did I forget to mention that there’s a Starbucks located at their entrance? That was an added bonus… walking through this most beautiful place carrying a Peppermint Mocha. What could be better?

After Rock City we drove a few minutes over to the Incline Railway. Very cool. Then we found Point Park – three blocks away – and also discovered a Civil War reenactment going on while we were there. The boys watched the little production put on by the participants of the reenactment.

The girls decided to explore the park and marvel at the views of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River from the top of the mountain. (besides, the reenactment was for the wrong side of the war)

Instead we looked at this:

and this

Not a bad way to spend a weekend. We were able to do all of those things in one day with no crowds and beautiful weather. And if you haven’t been to Chattanooga – please go… especially to see Rock City. It is truly enchanting.

Just remember to watch out for people dressed up in Civil War uniforms carrying muskets and/or standing next to a cannon. They tend to want to shoot them off and scare the bejeesus out of you. Seriously.


About jensmack

Non-Profit HR Director, Scrapbooker, Reader, TV Lover, and Crafter. Also, Neurotic, Sarcastic, Anxiety-filled Mom of Three.
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4 Responses to Pardon me boy…

  1. Jamie says:

    Hmph….Can you just bring me back some of that air? That cold, crisp, clean air……looks beautiful.

  2. gloria says:

    ha! fat man’s squeeze!!
    sounds and looks (!!) like bunches of
    good clean family fun.

  3. jen-jen says:

    sheesh…i can’t believe we went to the same place one weekend apart…bleh!!

    and i’m so peeved about rock city…you did not tell me they had a starbucks at the entrance….

  4. slammie says:

    awesome pictures!

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