In our continuing saga of tourist-like behavior which divides up our day to day workflow we have experienced great new adventure and exploration. This is the least that can be expected when you are in the whirlwind of a city that is Chattanooga. But before we went to Chattanooga we drove back up north a bit to go to THE LOST SEA. This is the 2nd biggest under ground lake in the world. It is down below through some caverns in the belly of a mountain, as most caverns are. This is because mountains eat caverns for breakfast and sometimes tourists too. Though usually tourists are more of an afternoon snack. It was pretty dark down there so I wasn’t able to get many good pics as my camera just doesn’t do well in low lighting without a tripod. I did however manage to snap this one which is actually of the LOST PUDDLE ON THE WAY TO THE LOST SEA. So, having driven up to see that we continue on to Chattanooga. But first, a couple of educational fun facts about Chattanooga. DIDYOUKNOW Chattanooga derives its name from the ancient Cherokee translation for “mini-baltimore”. DIDYOUKNOW Chattanooga’s baseball team is the Lookouts because they live in the shadow of Lookout Mountain so sometimes boulders fall on them at the bottom of the ninth. We spent a couple nights in a luxurious waterfront parking lot located downtown just a few blocks from the state aquarium. By “luxurious” I of course mean “free” and “no one tried to kill us”. Their aquarium was the first tip off that we were in mini-baltimore. The second was our Native American tour guide, and by “Native American tour guide” I mean “drunk Irish pan handler”. You will note the architecture of their aquarium is very reminiscent of ours back in Baltimore. Compare and contrast yourself. BALTIMORE:
Then as if it was not enough to steal the roof off our aquarium they took an even bigger rip off and put inside of it… you guesses it… FISH. I mean COME ON real original guys. I took about a bazillion pics in here. This is one of them. It is of a sturgeon which is probably about 50 years old AT LEAST. They can live to be over 100. They are left overs from the dinosaur age and are delicious with a side of mashed potatoes or caverns. I must give props where props are due and say that the Chattanooga aquarium’s landscaping on the grounds is way cooler than any thing in Bal’mer. Lots of wavy sidewalk broken up by winding river bits. They also have a really cool installation piece next to it done by surviving CHEROKEES about the trail of tears. Double whammy pics, you knew it was coming.
After killing most of the day at the aquarium we wend down the road a bit to the bar district which is a couple bars on this one street. We went to a biker bar and hung out for a while next to a guy we will call HAAY!. HAAY! wanted to play the TV game where you get a controller and can log on and play other drunks at texas hold em or trivia. After about 20 minutes of trying to figure out how to log into the thing and get it going and yelling at the bartender for help. Not an angry yell it is just in the nature of HAAY! to be LOUD! and ANNOYING! which increases throughout the evening as he gets DRUNKER. I decide to play the game with HAAY! mostly out of pity for the bartender and to try and occupy him so he stops HAAY!ing every five …HAAY!! After beating him at texas hold em for a while we decide we have had enough of HAAY! and call it a night…. Sleep ensues…. The next day we decide to go do all of the touristy things in Chattanooga of which there are five. One being the Aquarium which we took care of yesterday. Next on the agenda is to go to the Chattanooga Choo Choo which is the old historic rail station / hotel. I was hoping to get a good picture of the RV at it, but it is not set up in such a way that you can get a good pic with anything that shows where we are. So that didn’t happen but we did mill around a bit and got to take a peek inside one of the rail cars. You can stay the night in one of the old cars instead of a traditional room for $169.00. They also had a cool garden that I took some nice pictures of the wifey in. We then gave the RV a bath and headed to lookout mountain where the other 3 attractions are: Incline Railway, Rock City and Ruby Falls. I had been to all these before when I was a wee lad, but it was cool to see them all again. The incline railway is a mile track straight up the side of the mountain. Here is the view from the top. We wandered around a bit at the top then headed back down to the RV. We had to drive up the mountain to the other attraction and for some reason Anilia was a little nervous as I zipped around the twists and turns. Rock City was the coolest bit. It is a trail that goes along in and around huge boulder formations and is very impressive and has a view that you can supposedly see seven states from. Also they have a bunch of rocks. Well that’s enough for now. We went back to work today and for the first time since we started were late. Somehow we overslept which I am surprised hasn’t happened before but we did stay late to make up for it.