When we found out that we got in on a wild card spot to the USTA Mixed Doubles Sectionals, I was elated to find out that we were going to be playing in Chattanoooga, Tennessee! For YEARS, one of my very best friends Cristi has been trying to get me to come visit her there and it never quite worked out. She has since moved to Atlanta, so we didn't get to catch up this trip (but I did see her about a month ago in September when she stayed with us for several days in Baton Rouge). For many years, she would talk of all these terrific places to see and things to do and I had always wanted to make it a point in my life to make it there. *My mom tells me that I went around age 7, but I have only a few memories from that trip so it was a must that I go back as an adult.
Another really big reason that I was excited about this trip is because here in Louisiana we see trees change color in about a weeks time. Usually sometime mid to late November we get 5-6 days of color and then bam, all the leaves fall off. I was hoping to actually witness some true fall like colors that I see in pictures all the time!
I decided to take off Wednesday through the following Monday from work. The tournament was Friday - Sunday and I wanted to make sure we had a couple of days in order to do the whole tourist thing and sight-see a bit. My mom and aunt went with me since Chris started his new job and was unable to get the time off work and they are both retired, they jumped at the chance to go. We left out that Wednesday and drove through Mississippi and most of Alabama. That part of the trip was mostly uneventful with the exception of my aunt's hood opening up on the interstate (thankfully it didn't fly completely up, it just basically unlatched.) We were able to pull off the road and secure it, then we were back on our way. I think we decided to eat dinner at a Ruby Tuesday in enemy territory (Tuscaloosa, Alabama - University of Bama). We ended up staying the night at a Holiday Inn near Birmingham, Al.
On Thursday morning we got up, packed the car and headed off towards Chattanooga. Since it was only about 2 hours away at this point we decided to take our time and do a few things before we had to check into our hotel.
Our first stop was Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama.
|Old timey barn and farming equipment|
|Kinda morbid to have a statue depicting her leaping to her death. Just sayin'.|
After about an hour or so of wandering, we got back on the road and drove on in to Chattanooga.
We still had plenty of time before our hotel check in so we went ahead to Ruby Falls and also did the Incline Railway on Lookout Mountain (I am completely petrified of heights so not many pictures of this. I was too busy freaking out).
|They had a Zoltar Machine in the lobby! Alas, I did not age in either direction after I pumped $2.00 in it. Inflation, smh.|
|Looking up at the stalactites or stalagmites (whichever one it is)|
|Mom and I at the falls|
|View of Chattanooga from Lookout Mountain|
|See how high up it was right behind the train up on the mountain. Yep. it was a 72.7% incline.|
|Did. Not. Like.|
And this concludes part 1. Part 2 will be Rock City and dropping in on unsuspecting family members in North Georgia.
Have you been to Chattanoooga? What are your favorite things to see and do there?