Hello from Georgia!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and had their fill of family, turkey and football.
We managed to create a traditional dinner in the Airstream. Yes, we do have a full kitchen and although the oven isn’t big enough for a turkey, we did manage a stuffed chicken with all the trimmings. It was different not being with family on this special day, but we had a great time and a great dinner. Following dinner we went over to the Grand Ole Opry and enjoyed their fantasy of lights Christmas display.
Before departing Nashville, we were able to catch some good music. We had a great night at a venue similar to The Ark in Ann Arbor. They had 3 singer songwriters performing their work. After that night, we have decided to take a stab at writing our own song. So far, all we have is “this is where we live” not much so far, but it’s a start.
From Nashville, we had a quick trip down to Chattanooga, where we spent a week. We fell in love with Chattanooga from the moment we arrived. For us, it’s a perfect size city to explore. They boast the fastest internet in the country and because of that, they have a lot of start-up tech companies moving to the area which gives the city a cool young vibe. As you arrive in Chattanooga you drive through the Cumberland Plateau, which is stunningly beautiful. One of the things we quickly noticed about the city is that the points of interest are all in the downtown area and easily accessible. The aquarium, museums, baseball stadium, the university, and a fantastic river walk that runs 13 miles along the Tennessee river, and of course, the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo museum and hotel.
The downtown offers bars and restaurants on every corner with some nice shopping in between. What we really noticed is that at some point the city planner did a fabulous job planning the future of the city. The streets in town are wide which helps with traffic flow, trees have been planted throughout downtown which gives it a hometown feel, there is art everywhere you look and parking is plentiful.
We were able to do some great urban walking and rural hiking. All in all, we give Chattanooga a 9 out of 10. By the way, did I mention the weather was in the high 60’s everyday and the sun was shining from sunrise to sunset.
From Chattanooga, we headed to the mountains of northern Georgia which is where we are currently. We are at Red Top Mountain State park about 60 miles north of Atlanta. The first night we arrived, we had dinner with Jeff’s niece and her husband, Ashley and Mike, and the following day, we visited Jeff’s aunt and his cousins. Aunt Irene is 97 years old, and cooked us a fantastic dinner. She is truly an incredible woman and what a treat it was for us to spend some time with all of them.
We are fairly remote at the park but have plenty of areas to explore. The park is 1800 acres which is surrounded by Lake Allatoona, a 12,000 acre lake with 270 miles of shoreline. There is also an additional 25,000 acres of public land surrounding the lake. Hiking is plentiful, and we’ve taken advantage of that each day since we’ve arrived. We had no idea that Georgia offered this kind of beauty. The weather has been fabulous, and we’ve enjoyed spending our days outside.
The last couple weeks have been a great combination of urban and rural living. Since we enjoy both equally, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect beginning to the trip.
We will be heading to Charleston, South Carolina tomorrow to explore coastal living.
We are also looking forward to our first visitors of the trip in Charleston!!!!
Hope everyone is happy and healthy and enjoying life, as we are enjoying Life in Valhalla.
Erin and Jeff