Thursday, March 20, 2014
Lots of fun in short time
This spring break included a variety – a concert, a train ride, a circus and more.
We had one part of our brief vacation planned for several weeks. Pam, Erin and I are fans of The Sing-Off, a television singing competition featuring a cappella groups.
Pam discovered some of the groups who had placed highly in the competition were on tour. One of the stops was Nashville, Tenn. And it just so happened that the stop at the Ryman Auditorium was the Wednesday of spring break week.
She immediately got a “yes” from Erin and we ordered four tickets, with Andy also joining us for the half-a-week trip.
Before going to the concert, we had a wonderful visit with Pam’s brother, sister-in-law, nephew and niece.
The concert itself was as good as we had expected. The historic Ryman was packed.
I know Erin’s favorite was Home Free, a country a cappella group. I would have to agree.
We left Nashville that night and drove a little over two hours to Chattanooga, Tenn., arriving after midnight since we switched to the Eastern Time Zone.
Our room overlooked the Tennessee River.
Our Thursday started at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. We boarded a train for a brief, historic ride.
After lunch in downtown Chattanooga, we went to the Tennessee Aquarium. Erin’s favorite was the turtles. Again, I’d have to agree, and there were bunches of all sizes.
We took a break at the hotel that afternoon, planning to go play putt-putt golf that night. But we had purchased a copy of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and in a special entertainment section was a story on the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Opening night was Thursday at the McKenzie Center on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.
Pam ordered tickets online. Our plans had changed.
We had great seats and really enjoyed the evening of clowns, elephants, trapeze artists and much more.
Needless to say, we were tired after a jam-packed Thursday in Chattanooga.
But we had time to enjoy a late dinner downtown.
Back at the hotel, we first went outside to the fire-pit, with seats surrounding it.
There, we met some travelers from Minnesota and really enjoyed our conversation with them. They were en route to Florida for some spring training baseball. We also met a couple of nice young men from Atlanta, Ga., who were in Chattanooga working on a construction project.
One of my favorite things about vacationing is meeting and talking to others from around the country.
The next morning we slept a little late and then hit the road, with our destination being Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Ala. It’s a unique shopping experience with a large selection of items, from clothing to electronics, that changes almost daily.
Erin and I had been there for the first time last May. Pam and Andy had never been.
We found some bargains there, plus at several other places in Scottsboro, like the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. I bought a cap for $1.
We had a nice lunch at a locally-owned sandwich shop on the square in Scottsboro.
We spent Friday night and Saturday visiting with my family in Alabama before getting home in time for Andy to make it back to Hattiesburg.
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