Wow, it’s been quite the adventure since I last posted on here. You know how life sometimes throws you curveballs when you least expect it? Well, in this case the metaphorical curveball came in the form of a crashed macbook pro. $270 and a new hard drive later, I’m back!
But, as Scott and I tell the youth at the day camp we work at, “the show must go on!”
Actually, speaking of shows, last weekend found me driving with Scott’s parents down to the beautiful Chattanooga area of Tennessee to listen to him sing in the fabulous Tennessee Chamber Choir–a choir that comprises of professional choral singers from around the nation. Locals, if you ever get the chance to go see them, don’t miss out! Over the past year or so, I have also have added quite a few conducting gestures to my repetoire from watching their conductor–one of which my peers dubbed “the blooming flower.” Unfortunately, I do not have video or photos of the chattanooga aspect of the trip. What I do have, however, is a whole bunch of photos from a stop that we took on the way home at the famous Rock City.
I’ve known of Rock City since I moved here because the entire drive down to Chattanooga/Atlanta is lined with barnhouses that have “VISIT ROCK CITY” painted on them. They’ve been a part of the state’s landscape for dozens of years.
Rock City is on Lookout Mountain, and is a series of pretty intense rock formations, bridges, touristy shops (think Dollywood), and breathtaking views. I had a difficult time capturing the landscape because it was like 500 degrees bright [erm, hot] outside, and my camera was flipping out.
Speaking of cool, the only coolness we experienced was while we were walking between and under rocks. The moment you stepped out into the sun, though, you were engulfed in the intense beams of light–making the time spent wandering through Rock City that much more blissful.
Walking through the “city” wasn’t exactly like walking through the park! This particular passageway was called “Fat Man Squeeze” for fairly obvious reasons.
Funny story: Scott’s mom is claustrophobic, and so opted to go an alternative route and meet us at the entrance. She wanted to see how tight of a squeeze it was, and began to walk down at which point Scott says “Mom, what are you doing? You know you can’t go through there!” A guy a few steps down from her thought Scott was calling his mom fat (she is nothing of the sort!) and started visibly trying to hold back laughter. This story doesn’t translate well into text, but lemme just tell you… it was hilarious.
Anyway, Scott’s mom ended up regretting not going through the gap, though because there was a pretty amazing view on the other side…
The park was also full of unneeded but cute whimsical features that have been added over the years. Little statues of gnomes, a tunnel of fairytale blacklight art, and some suggestive additions to the rocks like this one:
I have several recipes I’m excited to share with you–keep checking back! I’ll leave you with a video recording I found on youtube of the musicians that we heard performing at a restaurant at the lookout point.