It’s been a bit quiet on this little blog. Warm weather has been pulling us outside and we’ve been meeting a ton of really wonderful people that have been pulling us out of our secluded-mountain-top-log-cabin-shells. So things are slowly being crossed off our “We have to try this place.” list.
Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to lately…
We’ve been going to the Chattanooga Market almost every Sunday to stock up on delicious berries and pretty flowers. To people watch, to eat from food trucks and to check out the bands playing.
We’ve pulled out the ice cream ball and whipped up batches of summertime goodness much to the chagrin of our new friend/downstairs neighbor. Apparently the making of strawberry ice cream sounds a lot like obnoxious hammering. We’ve promised him a bowl next time as a consolation.
We volunteered at Riverbend Festival and while we appreciate it’s appeal to some people, we’ll not be doing that again. Lesson learned.
We found attractive bike helmets! And we’ve been putting them to good use all over town. Safety first!
We made it to the top at Urban Rocks. (Also… super hot husband legs!)
We checked out the Aquarium. (More photos to come because Megan took about a bajillion.)
And finally, we took this super awesome family portrait. What do you think? This year’s Christmas card or what?
Megan bought a new bike last week. She had a too-small-for-her-super-long-legs bike that wasn’t cutting it. So for now she has two bikes. This worked out well when we asked our bike-less new friend/neighbor, Brooke, if she wanted to come with us on our epic ride along on the Tennessee Riverpark. We’ve wanted to travel along this trail since we moved here (remember?) so we were really excited to take Brooke along.
We were a little worried about making it the entire 10 miles there and 10 miles back due to the fun times we had the night before, but spoiler alert! we did indeed make it. Here’s how it went (get ready for a lot of pictures of Kaylon’s back)…
We started off across the see-through bridge in the art’s district. Past the museum, past the sculpture garden and past the beautiful homes on Battery Place.
There were a lot of riders out on this beautiful day. A lot of riders. We passed a poor lonesome runner being swarmed by bikes huffing and puffing and cursing us all. No joke… she used some pretty colorful language to express her frustrations. Poor girl.
After we got on the trail, the pack of bikes thinned out and we had a great ride.
There are a bunch of picnic spots, bathrooms and bike repair stations along the way which is really nice.
There are also a lot of geese. And baby geese!
Towards the end of the trail there’s a ton of public art to check out.
And at the very end - mile marker zero - is the Chicamauga Dam.
We made it!
On the way back we stopped for lunch at The Boathouse. We sat out on the patio and took in the view while we rested our legs and talked about doing it again.
Saturday was a great day. After wandering the booths at the Chatty Crafty art show at Ross’s Landing and grubbing on a couple of delicious burgers (veggie and meaty) from the Southern Burger Co truck, we met up with David Ruiz of 423 Bragging Rights and one half of PPRWRK (remember? from this post?) for Tour de Noog - an art guided bike tour of Chattanooga. We took off from the river, headed over toward Honest Pint then down to Main Street toward Velo Coffee Roasters and back.
Here’s a little peak at our ride…
David was such a great tour guide giving us the stories behind his own wheat-paste murals of local musicians, how they go up and how old building surfaces can affect the paper, and also taking us around to a few tucked away corners of the city where we spotted those beautifully painted murals and that crazy mannequin art class. We also learned a lot about this new city of ours from him and the other riders like where to get the best spicy hot chocolate (The Hot Chocolatier on Main Street), where to get a crazy/awesome/delicious pastry (Niedlov’s Bakery) and where to pick rosemary that’s growing aplenty next to an abandoned building. He and his PPRWRK collaborator are planning another tour with new art going up this summer. If you’re in town, check it out!
We caught them first at JJ’s and then again this weekend while helping out with the Four Bridges Art Festival. They are great in a Wear-An-Indian-Headdress-While-Feet-Stomping and Swing-A-Toddler-In-The-Sunshine kind of way. How’s that for a music critique? Anyway, they’re great. Check them out.
Happy weekend! What are you all up to this weekend?
We’re going to check out the new food truck lot downtown, Center Park - we get pretty excited about food trucks. Then we’re thinking of starting a 1/2 price sangria Sunday tradition at Taco Mamacita, who’s in? And we’ll also be helping out with the Four Bridges Art Festival Saturday and Sunday.