Thursday, August 25, 2011
Friday, Aug 5, 2011 – Chattanooga, TN
We awoke to another lovely summer morning. Dan was able to snap a couple of great pictures of the sun coming up over the mountain and the anchorage. By 9:30 am we were on our way back to Chattanooga but we took our time returning to the dock. Along the way we stopped to swim, Dan took some fabulous Blue Heron photos and we enjoyed a nice lunch on the boat. At 1:30 pm we were in Chattanooga getting cooled off and cleaned up for an afternoon of more fun.
Everyone was excited to tour the Tennessee Aquarium which included one building for saltwater ocean creatures and another building for freshwater river life. We began with the Ocean Journey and marveled at the stingrays, sharks, turtles and jellyfish. There was also an exhibit for penguins, a special butterfly room and a petting tank. The River Journey was also interesting especially when we were able to see the fish native to the Tennessee River. It made us wonder about jumping into the water again not knowing what might be lurking there!
By the time we finished touring the aquarium exhibits it was nearly 5 pm and everyone was hungry. We walked back to the boat and grilled up some hamburgers for dinner – but the evening wasn’t over yet! We still had tickets to the I-Max and a promise of ice cream later. The movie we saw was about two women in different parts of the world who had dedicated their lives to rescuing orphaned elephants and chimpanzees. Afterwards, we treated ourselves to large scoops at the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop. A perfect ending to a perfect day.