Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine's Trip to Chattanooga

As a combined Christmas and Valentine's gift, my husband surprised me with a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

We headed down on Saturday morning and spent the rest of the weekend touring the area. Upon arriving, we drove to the top of Lookout Mountain. Instead of paying $20 each for admission to Rock City, we found our own scenic overlook and snapped a photo.


We were told that we absolutely had to visit Ruby Falls, so we did pay for that attraction. It was definitely the highlight of our trip. The tour began with an elevator ride 260 feet into the heart of Lookout Mountain.


 After we exited the elevator into the cavern, our guide took us on a 1/2-mile walk to a 145-foot waterfall, located 1,120 feet underground. It was spectacular!

Have you been to Ruby Falls? If not, I highly recommend it.

36 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/15/2016

    Wow, looks like you had a wonderful trip. Everything looks spectacular! Especially ruby falls

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  2. Anonymous2/15/2016

    I know someone who was on a cave tour once when a strong earthquake hit. They lost power in the cave - pitch black - loose rocks falling. They were lucky to get out unharmed (no elevator at that one, only stairs).

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    1. Yikes! What cave was it? This cave is located on a fault line, but we were told that it's an inactive fault line, so no possibilities of an earthquake.

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/16/2016

      Don't worry - it was not a cave in this country. It was in Southeast Asia. But Oklahoma has been having more quakes and shakes than California, so look out Midwest!

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    3. You got that right. Oklahoma has been having a little too much shakin

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  3. Anonymous2/15/2016

    That looks so cool! Wish I could go there!

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  4. That photo is beautiful. Have not been here but would love to check it out. Have you been to Niagra Falls? Gotta go !!

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    1. Thank you, Johnna! We went to Niagara Falls when I was very young, so I don't remember much. I hope to take a trip there with my husband someday!

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous2/15/2016

    Hey you look like Kate Middleton in the middle pic. SOOOOO gorgeous!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous2/15/2016

    Your really happy faces are great to see in these photos!

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    1. Thank you! We were very happy. :)

      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous2/15/2016

    Captures the imagination. Also you got your exercise dome.

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    1. You're right, we definitely did get our exercise in.

      Ellie

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  8. Shela G2/15/2016

    It is wonderful that the two of you could getaway together!! Looks like you you had a great time. The memories you have of your special trip will last a lifetime. My husband and I will be having a special getaway for a couple of days next month to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. I can not wait!!

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    1. Thank you, Shela! It was our first getaway with just the two of us since our honeymoon, and we had a lovely time. Hope you have a great trip, as well! Where are you headed?

      Ellie

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    2. Shela G2/16/2016

      Hi Ellie my husband and I will be going to a little town in Texas named Granbury. It is a special place for us it is where we spent our honeymoon. We both are excited to be getting to spend sometime there again.

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    3. That sounds lovely, Shela. :)

      Ellie

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    4. Anonymous2/21/2016

      Granbury is beautiful!! We lived there for a while and love it :-)

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  9. Anonymous2/15/2016

    Wow beauitful! Gods creation. Lovely pic going that way this summer will check it out.Mary Kiem mennonite mom LOVES GOD hambden twp, ohio

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    1. Thanks, Mary Kiem! Let me know what you think of Ruby Falls if you're able to make it there.

      Ellie

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  10. Anonymous2/15/2016

    The pictures look beautiful. I love the waterfall picture. I'm glad you had a wonderful Valentines Day trip.

    We had a Snowy Valentines Day here in Illinois.

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    1. Thank you! It was cold down here in TN, too, but we were glad that it wasn't snowing.

      Ellie

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  11. Anonymous2/15/2016

    Never been to Ruby Falls. Have you been to the Bahamas?

    Were is Niagara Falls?

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    1. Nope, never been to the Bahamas, but I hear it's lovely. Niagara Falls is on the border of New York, USA, and Ontario, Canada.

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/16/2016

      I went to the Bahamas when I was 13. I got sick the day before we were to leave end up in the Miami Hospital for a week. It sucked.

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  12. Anonymous2/16/2016

    I like the ruby colour, it is good idea for Valetines Day.

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    1. I didn't even think about that, but you're right!

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/16/2016

      Don't you think that was what your Mr Handsome was thinking?
      Bless his dear heart he did that just for you Ellie!

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  13. Anonymous2/16/2016

    Chattanooga is a fun city. I've been to Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Lookout Mountain and enjoyed all three of them a lot. The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX Theater are awesome as well.

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    1. We also went to the aquarium and really enjoyed it. We stopped by the IMAX, but the tickets were all sold out. :( I guess we have a reason to go back.

      Ellie

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  14. Anonymous2/16/2016

    Did you go see the Bates while you were there?

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    1. The Bates live in Knoxville, which isn't near Chattanooga. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/18/2016

      We were on our way home from Florida [we live in indiana] last fri...the 12th...but we went to go see where the bates live...found there house it looked very quiet around there didnt see any action!! wished we could've saw some people outside...how do u think they feel about random people just stopping by???

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    3. Hi there,

      I wouldn't recommend stopping by unannounced, as that could be seen as an invasion of their privacy. You are welcome to contact them at info@thebatesfamily.com.

      They have also chosen to share information about the church they attend, and they welcome visitors: http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2015/10/visit-bates-at-church.html

      Hope this helps. :)
      Lily and Ellie

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    4. Anonymous2/19/2016

      Yea we thot of that thats why we didn't!!! hey thanks for the response! love your blog!!!!

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