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Friday, June 29, 2007
Our Chattanooga Finale
(This is a post from my deleted blog. I haven't added pics or links in yet.)

For the past several years, Dad has travelled to Chattanooga on a regular basis. The kids and I have tagged along at least twice each year. There are so many fun things for families to do there; we always have a great time. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Dad will no longer be working in Chattanooga, so the kids and I accompanied him on his last visit.

When we arrived on Monday, we just played around at the hotel. Tuesday morning we woke up ready for fun. We have visited many attractions in Chattanooga (e.g., Rock City, Lake Winnie, the Aquarium), but our favorite place for fun is the Creative Discovery Museum. We always spend one of our days there. My best girl enjoys playing in the water exhibit, and my favorite boy enjoys everything. On this visit, we did not stay in our usual hotel right next door to the museum, so we also rode the free shuttle. This was fun as well.

On Wednesday, we headed to Coolidge Park. They have a fun merry-go-round and some great fountains for cooling off on a summer day. The kids loved that the stone animals sprayed water out of their mouths.

After spending some time in the water, we went back to the hotel to pack up our things. We had a few hours before it was time to pick up Dad, so we headed to Ruby Falls. My favorite boy loved learning about how the falls was discovered (there was an informational video at the beginning of the tour). We descended into the earth on an elevator, and then walked about a half of a mile to the falls. In the picture below, my best girl is touching one of the formations. This is one of the only times during the tour that I wasn't holding her. I carried her for the entire mile walk in the cave, and my arms are sure sore today! I don't know why she didn't want to walk, but I am sure if I had needed to hold her she would have wanted to walk without help. I guess that's typical for age two, right?

After our trip to the falls and back, we went up to the observation tower. Ruby Falls is on Lookout Mountain, so we had a great view of the Tennessee River and Chattanooga.

We enjoyed our last visit to Chattanooga (I'm sure we'll go back just for fun at some point); now we are home. With the exception of a few hours, I have been gone since last Friday, so I am happy to be here. Of course, now it's laundry time! I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday!

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