Chattanooga, Tennessee | Travel Series 2

Chattanooga, Tennessee | Travel Series 2

Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 I’m so excited about sharing this post today, because I have written another travel post to share with you guys!

I think it’s absolutely hilarious that the only two travel posts I’ve done so far both have the prefix ‘Chatt.’ What are the odds?? xD

Related Post: The Chattahoochee River | Travel Series 1

As you can see by the title, I’ll be talking about my visit to Chattanooga, TN with my family last month! I can’t wait to get into this. We’ve been a few times in the past, and this fun city never fails to make me happy. I love getting to experience all that Chattanooga has to offer (which is so much!), and it is very picturesque, which is a great bonus. Let’s get into this!

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A Bit About The City

Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in Tennessee, and its official nickname is ‘Scenic City’ because of its reputation for outdoor activities. It is also full of history, intriguing building designs, and various attractions!

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About My Experience

The day before my little brother’s 6th birthday, my family and I drove up to Chattanooga to celebrate with him. He wanted to visit the Creative Discovery Museum, which we went to a couple years ago and he really enjoyed it. Aside from a few traffic delays (it took us longer to get up there than we would have thought), he was so excited the whole way there!

When we got there, I took a group selfie before we split up. My mom planned to go with Samuel to the museum while the rest of us explored Chattanooga, and I wanted a picture of us before we parted. 🙂

Can you see little Elizabeth in the background? Haha she was exploring the grass!

I had fun taking a few pictures of her while she paid me no mind.

Once we were sure we had everything we needed to go exploring (and even then, we forgot one thing haha), Samuel and my mom headed for the museum, and my dad, Joshua, and I walked in the direction of the sidewalk leading into town, with me pushing Elizabeth in the stroller.

Like I mentioned previously, we have been to Chattanooga a few times before, so we pretty well know what it’s normally like. That’s why we were curious when we began noticing all of the bikers and runners in the area. My dad asked a guy we passed if there was some kind of convention going on, or something, and he told us that a half-Iron Man was being held in Chattanooga that weekend (we were there on a Thursday). I thought that was pretty cool, as we had no idea all those people were training for a triathlon!

Before long, I noticed something else: many of the bikers and runners were not from the United States. We passed a group of people talking excitedly in Italian, met a couple from Columbia, and encountered a few people from Chile. Those people we were seeing were from all around the world! That excited me further, as I have met very few people that aren’t American thus far in my life. I enjoyed figuring out what languages different people were speaking, and which flags belonged to which country. (I’m a geography nerd.)

We passed by a Mellow Mushroom restaurant as we wandered the streets, and the delicious aroma of pizza filled the air. I was tempted to go inside, even though I’d just had my lunch (lol), but I took a picture of this flower outside the building, instead.

We continued walking for a bit and stopped when we came to the Ben&Jerry’s ice cream shop. I had noticed it on prior visits, but we didn’t have the time to go then, so I’m glad we got to that time. My dad treated me and my brother to waffle cones, and Elizabeth got to try some of our ice cream, as well. The flavors I chose were strawberry and strawberry cheesecake. It was SO good!

the cow painting approves!

Shortly after we finished up at Ben&Jerry’s, a parade began on the street just outside the shop. All the people from around the world were marching south, proudly waving their countries’ flags high in the air! I took a few pictures and happily watched the whole parade. The best picture I got was of two Guatemalan representatives (I think they were missionaries) carrying Guatemala’s bandera. ❤

We didn’t have much else we were planning to do after that, so when Joshua asked my dad if he’d pay for him (Joshua, haha) to rock climb at this really cool indoor climbing place on the same block as B&J’s, he agreed. We all went inside and, after signing up and signing like ten a few wavers (that took maybe twenty minutes, it was crazy), Joshua got on his climbing shoes, went through the instruction course, and finally started climbing.

My favorite part of the whole place were the outside climbing walls.

The icy blue color makes it look like they’re made of ice!

While Joshua climbed on the higher levels and my dad watched, I sat with Elizabeth at the base of the wall pictured above. To go up to where they were, we would have had to have carried the baby stroller up another flight of stairs, lol, so I was fine to watch from a distance.

On the sidewalk below, a man got out his saxophone and began playing some awesome tunes that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to. I didn’t want it to end. He didn’t seem to oppose having his picture taken, so I took one to remember him by.

Before long, Joshua came down to where Elizabeth and I were and agreed to carry the stroller up to where he was climbing so I could see. Once we were up there, I had fun watching him and taking artistic pictures (two of which I’ve shared below).

He totally looks like Spiderman in the above shot, haha!

When I pulled my gaze away from the walls that loomed above me, I was blown away by the wonderful view of the city right behind me, from that high point above the streets.

I was kind of nervous to be up so high, but the view was worth it.

And that was my afternoon in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Thank you so much for reading:) I had fun writing this! Let me know in the comments below:

Where have YOU recently explored
in your city/state?

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Little Accomplishments – September 22nd, 2017

Little Accomplishments – September 22nd, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome to this week’s Little Accomplishments!

Hello there, guys! Happy first day of fall! How have you been? Hope you’re all having a beautiful week. 💜

I have been working on lots of things outside of the blogging world lately, which explains why I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do. Going from posting almost daily to about once a week was a big shift, and also unintentional, as a matter of fact. However, I have been having such a good time doing other activities (including working on upcoming blog posts!) that I haven’t missed it too much, which is awesome, because at times, all I’ve wanted to do is blog, haha! (Many of us know how that feels.)

I have been doing my best to still comment on blogs most days, which has been enjoyable because I love reading what you guys write about. I know that I have missed some posts, and I’m sorry about that – over the next week, you’ll probably see me popping up in your notifications!

This Little Accomplishments was a last-minute post idea last night; I put it all together and had it ready for the morning, so it only includes the accomplishments that stand out to me most from the previous week.

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

Last week, I…

  • started writing in a journal again. (I have been wanting to do this for well over a year, which is why this made me so happy! I went to TJMaxx a few weekends ago and fell in love with the journal I shared in the picture below. It represents me so well, and I’m enjoying recording my thoughts in it.)

  • found new nonfic books to enjoy reading. (Because I have been browsing my local libraries’ selection of books for years, I have pretty well figured out which sections I enjoy the most, and have fun returning to those kinds of books from time to time … however, I have found recently that different self-help books [specifically on perfectionism, psychology, happiness, and inspiration], which is a category I’ve never browsed before, has turned out to be quite a joy to read! I’m planning on sharing my reviews of some of these books in the near future. Pictured below are a few that I found at the library recently and can’t wait to delve into!)

  • began watching more ASMR videos. (Starting in 2013, I loved watching ASMR [relaxing] videos, but in the years since then, my interest in viewing them has diminished, then peaked, then fallen back down again, in a very uneven pattern. lol However, I now have three different people that regularly upload new videos, and they make me so happy to watch, so that has been what I do most evenings recently! If you guys are interested in watching some of these relaxing videos, I highly recommend GentleWhispering, Tingting ASMR, and Scottish Murmurs ASMR. xx )
  • fell in love [again] with Rend Collective’s music. (The music I listen to on a regular basis is always changing, and for some reason, I stopped listening to this awesome Irish Christian band’s music for a while. When I added their album to my account on Amazon Music a few weeks ago, they’ve been on repeat ever since. More Than Conquerors is one of my all-time favorite songs, and my newest favorite of theirs is Boldly I Approach! My phone’s current lockscreen is proof of my rekindled love for Rend Collective’s music, as the words on it are from their song Burn Like A Star! I made the lockscreen myself, by the way.)

Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!

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Please Pray For Lee

Everyone, please go over and visit my friend Lee’s most recent post! She’s going through a rough bout of sickness, as is her boyfriend, and they really need your thoughts and prayers right now. Prayer is real, guys!! I know that God will hear our prayers, and He will care for her. ❤

Unfortunately I have not been able to post like I expected this week. Last week I was really sick and thought I felt much better that weekend. I was wrong. Things got worse and a lot of other strange things going on. My boyfriend and I are both sick now and he almost lost his job today. He is a diabetic and me, I just don’t know what’s going on. I woke up at 2AM violently throwing up. It came out of nowhere and really scared me because I was sweating so much yet I felt cold and it hurt my chest and throats so bad. I also need to have something on my stomach checked out. There is a rash that looks like a bruise, it itches sometimes and hurts in that area on the inside. I’ll show a picture, Maybe some of you all have seen it before…

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