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Guess where Jake was?
Picking up a BUNCH of M&M's in Cleveland, TN.
Emmi finished an Auburn afghan, that she made as a gift for a relative.
We will be visiting the Auburn fans in 10 days.
 I have found several places along the woods in our neighborhood to pick blackberries.
So every few days, I take a baggie with me when I go walking.
 We will be traveling on Wes's birthday, so Emmi made a birthday and Father's Day cake.
                                                                    Wes will be 14!
 Emmi really outdid herself this time. 
She even let Waid help make one layer, and AJ help make the other layer a different color.
 I've been painting trim, and am sooooo close to being done. 
We sent in our school forms for the year.  And that's about all that has been going on here.....and lots of swimming.


International Towing and Recovery Museum
                             The idea of the tow truck was birthed in 1913.
 This beautiful indoor carousel is at Coolidge Park, on the riverfront.

 The rest of the pictures below are at Tivoli Theater.  We will be back here in December, for the Moscow Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker.

 A high school graduation had just ended the afternoon we walked by.
Most people had cleared out, so I wondered if we might sneak a peak.
 The Tivoli opened in 1921, and cost $1 million at the time.
 In 1926 it became one of the first public buildings in the country to be air conditioned.

The left and middle boxes, shown above, are our seats for the Nutcracker.

 We made it through the ticket lobby, and into the big lobby, then a man asked if he could help us.
 We told him we were bringing 6 kids to the Nutcracker in December, and just wanted to have a look.  He was very nice!
 When Television was invented, the Tivoli fell on hard times, and was almost demolished around 1962.

 It was saved and put on the National Register for Historic Places.
 In 1986, it was given a 2 year long, $7 million dollar renovation.
This is the final post of our Chattanooga trip. 
 Here's our babysitter.....well, one of them.

The longest post ever

Ya'll know this blog serves as my scrap book----right?
 So walk with me around Chattanooga and see the beautiful buildings.
                                   On Saturday, we did our 5 mile morning walk.
                                   And then another 5 miles sightseeing.
                                      DH wasn't quite used to that.
                                 SO Sunday morning, I walked on my own.
  
                                    These are pictures from both days.
                  I really enjoyed my time alone too, and felt perfectly safe.
 We did see a few homeless people under the bridges, but I did not go there on Sunday.
 I'm not a "big city" type person, but I loved walking this city early in the morning.
 The trails, river, parks, waterfront, and historic buildings  are all wonderful.
 If the walkway below makes you dizzy, you can take the glass bridge instead
(shown later).



   
                                   This is in front of an art museum,
                    but there are statues, sculptures and waterfalls, etc. all over town.
                               Bronze horse, also in front of art museum.


 Here's the glass bridge.  I was a little disappointed, as most of the glass was dirty/hazy, so I couldn't get the full effect.
                        This guy should come live by my front door.
                                                 Pedestrian Bridge.
                            We saw three of these...check out his dog.
 Does anyone know the symbolism or reason behind this giant peanut man???
 Moon Pies have been made daily at the Chattanooga bakery since 1917.
DH had to have a Moon Pie, and an RC Cola.....after all, he had walked about 9 miles at this point.
                                 Water fountain in front of the library.
  
                     The next four gorgeous buildings are on Georgia Ave.
                           They are one block over from Market St.
   
                    Market St., Broad St, and the riverfront on both sides,
                              seems to be where most of the action is.
                             But there is plenty to see in every area we went to.
                         We had a wonderful time, and plan to go back!

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Terminal Station opened in 1909.
 It is the largest station in Chattanooga history.
 It helped open the pathway between the north and south,
featuring the 1st non-stop train from Cincinnati.
                                              The dome is 90 feet tall.

 The station cost $1.5 million to build.











It wasn't long after the opening, that the station saw 50 passenger trains per day, plus all the trains carrying freight.

 Train travel and shipping became less popular after WWII.  The station welcomed it's last train in 1970.  In 1973,  $4 million was invested and the station became a Hilton entertainment complex.
The 24 acre hotel/resort had a convention center, shops and a restaurant (where I had my 1st taste of funnel cake).

 Visitors can stay in the brick and mortar hotel,
 or renovated train cars, like we did.
 The current owners/investors obtained the Choo-Choo in 1989.

 The courtyard area has fountains, rocking chairs,
giant checkers and other games.

 They spent another $4 million, and there was some construction going on while we were there....I guess it's kind of like home maintenance, never ending.
 Restaurants now include Stir, The Frothy Monkey, and there was some type of bar in a few of the rail cars.
 This is the front.  They offer a hop-on hop-off trolley package, to tour the city.
The tour was worth the price, and you get 2 days of "hopping".
 Don't laugh.  This is the ladies restroom in the terminal.  I was amazed that the original marble stalls were still there.  That's one very pricey restroom.

 Side view as I finished on of my morning walks.
 Some of the original buildings have been turned in to apartment buildings.
I enjoyed the history of the place, remembering eating there as a child, and now getting to say that I stayed in the train cars.