We left Goose Pond Marina and headed up the Tennessee to Little Cedar Creek anchorage for the night. It was a snug, protected anchorage just off the Tennessee. Hot dogs and beans for dinner tasted so good. The sunset was spectacular.
The next day, we went through the Tennessee Gorge to Chattanooga. The mountains create fantastic scenery.
Arriving at the Chattanooga City docks, Jim from the Erwin Marine was there to catch our lines. He offered a tour of downtown on his golf cart and I took him up on it to get the lay of the land. The city docks are right at the foot of the Tennessee Aquarium and park in downtown. This is close to everything. After lunch, I made a trip to the visitors' center. I came back with maps, coupons for meals, and a plan for seeing the Chattanooga sites. I also took my first walk across the pedestrian bridge that goes to North Chattanooga.
The next morning we took Uber to the base of Lookout Mountain. We took the Incline Railway to the top. It is run by cables and goes at 600 ft. per minute.
After the Incline ride back down the mountain, we headed back downtown.
I toured the Tennessee Aquarium for the afternoon. The aquarium has two buildings. In each you start at the top and work your way down. The first is a fresh water aquarium highlighting fish from rivers all over the world but also aquatic life on the Tennessee. The river otter exhibit was fun. They are pretty cute. We haven't seen any as we go along and have been keeping our eyes peeled. I liked the large seahorse exhibit, too. The fresh water building takes you down to the delta. I saw turtles, alligators, and macaws.
The art museum is further down the waterfront. The walk there included walking over a glass bridge. It was a little unsettling. The museum was free from 4-8 pm so we took advantage of that offer. The museum had rooms dedicated to different art in the United States. It included pieces from Grandma Moses and Childe Hassam. This piece of Dale Chilhuly glass was a favorite of mine.
Saturday we took the free electric bus to the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
After lunch, I took another free electric bus across the river to North Chattanooga.
It is Saturday morning and there are sculling races going on in the river front. As one of the Alabama boats rowed by John called out, "Roll Tide". The whole boat yelled back, "Roll Tide".
Yesterday, we went to a glass blowing store. The neatest thing was that they let you blow your own glass ornament. So I did. It has to cool overnight so I will go back today to pick it up.