Tuesday, Aug 28
You see the signs way before you ever enter Tennessee . . . SEE ROCK CITY! Although I grew up in Tennessee . . . I have never been!
Near Chattanooga atop Lookout Mountain sits a geological and botanical wonder. There are monumental rock formations, over 400 species of plants, trees, and shrubs and from the high cliff look-outs you can see “See 7 States.” Tom and I were both unprepared for this magnificent walking tour . . . the ¾ mile Enchanted Trail.
It is hard to believe that this trail was first conceived by Frieda Gardner in the 1930’s and was marked with a ball of string winding around giant rock formations and ending at an outcropping known as Lover’s Leap. This is the location from which you can “See 7 States.”
There are many other points of interest along the trail: The Grand Corridor, Needle's Eye, Gnome Valley, Mushroom Rock, Wild Bird Observation Deck, Swing-A-Long Bridge, Sky Bridge, Fat Man's Squeeze, 1000 Ton Balanced Rock . . . . Here is a peek at what we saw.
The temperature was in the 90’s and parts of the trail down in the canyons were much cooler. Charlie and Jasper enjoyed the walk (except for the swinging bridge), and there were very frequent water-breaks for them. I think on a cooler day we would have lingered a little longer – but the whole thing was so spectacular we might come again some day!
In the evening we went down to check out a River Boat ride down the Tennessee river, but were not very impressed with what we saw. We drove back to the river-front area looking for a nice dinner. Our first choice (the Squeaky Squirrel) was a total bust. The menu was so strangely written that Tom asked if it was the Vegetarian Menu. “NO”. . . .but the waitress offered to get us one! We left! Just down the street was the same little Terminal Brewhouse that we had eaten at the night before. We knew the food was good, the atmosphere was pleasant, and this time Tom knew what beer to order!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown