This past weekend David and I made a day trip to Chattanooga. It is only 1 hour and 45 minutes from Atlanta so we figured we could squeeze the trip all into one day.
It was David’s idea to take the trip and he planned everything. I was pretty sure he was up to something. Our first stop was Ruby Falls. I wasn’t really sure what Ruby Falls was except for an underwater waterfall. Turns out you have to trek through a cave system, ending up 1,120 feet underground. This if not for people who do not enjoy tight spaces or being underground. It is a claustrophobic’s nightmare. I’m generally not claustrophobic, but the idea of being so deep underground made me pretty uneasy the entire time we were down there. Despite my unease, the walk through the cave was absolutely worth it. Ruby Falls was beautiful.
It’s the largest known underground waterfall at 145 feet high and it was breathtaking. The lights they use definitely helped, because before they turned them on for us, it was pitch black in the cavern.
After seeing the falls I was speeding my way through the cave to get back to the elevator and above ground as fast as possible. I totally left David in my dust while he was stopping to take pictures.
After Ruby Falls we had about two hours before our dinner reservations so we decided to go see the Incline Railway since it would take less time than Rock City. The Incline Railway is basically a train car that goes down the mountain at a very steep incline. In fact, it is the steepest incline railway in the world. I am a huge fan of roller coasters, but this made me uneasy because it moved so slow. It was like going over the edge of a big drop on a roller coaster but going less than 10 mph while doing it. The ride down provided great views, but we had to ride it back up to get back to our car. The ride up was definitely worse than the ride up. You start out with very little incline, then as it slowly climbs up the mountain you feel yourself being pulled forward in your seat by gravity. I could not get out of the car fast enough once we got to the top.
I’m really not a scaredy cat, and am actually usually an adrenaline junky. However. apparently the fear of a cave-in and an old rickety train car fighting gravity scare me. After the incline David and I grabbed dinner and then it was off to my surprise.
Turns out David was up to something – he surprised me with a ghost tour. One thing about me – I LOVE ghost tours (see, not a total scaredy cat). I enjoy learning the history of the city and getting the creepy scary stories along with it. I made him do his first ghost tour with me up in Boston, and he actually enjoyed it. Plus, he knows how much I love them and he figured Chattanooga would have some good haunted history. He sprung the surprise on me while we were driving up to Chattanooga, and all day I could not wait for out tour. We did our tour through Chattanooga Ghost Tours and our guide was Hope. I highly recommend both. She was great! She takes the paranormal seriously, has had some crazy experiences, and even works in full costume which I appreciate. Our first stop was this big haunted mansion. She encouraged us to take pictures because people on the tours often get images of people in the windows. Three people in our group got really creepy and convincing photos on their iPhones of what were clearly human figures in the windows. I loved it.
Most of the tour wasn’t actually scary, just a little creepy and interesting. However the parking deck below was the one place I could not wait to get away from. David made me stand there for the picture when all I wanted to do was run away. I know you’re thinking “how is a parking deck scary?” Well it is the site of what used to be an undertakers office in the 1800’s and is on the original level of the old city before they built it up to avoid flooding. This is also the only stop on our tour that scared our tour guide because of her experiences there. Call me naive, but I believe in ghosts, or at least the occurrences of something paranormal that I can’t explain, and I believed her stories. David not so much, but he still enjoyed the tour and found it interesting. Plus it was perfect timing with Halloween so close. I absolutely loved the ghost tour.
We got back to my place pretty late and my back was killing me. David suggested I take a hot bubble bath to soak my muscles. I’m a big bubble bath fan so I did not hesitate to jump at the chance for a nice relaxing soak. Little did I know he was up to something while I was in the bath and he used the ghost tour surprise to get me off the scent of the real surprise. I’m very difficult to pull a surprise on. I always guess what it is before it is unveiled and it drives him crazy. This time though he got me. I was so sure he was up to something, but when he told me about the ghost tour I was sure that was it. Turns out I was wrong. When I got out of the bath, David was in bed, and my bedroom door was shut, which was odd because we never shut my door. I asked him why my door was shut and he said “Oh no reason.” Then I heard an odd blowing noise that sounded like my air conditioning was on at full speed. I was confused because it was less than 40 degrees outside and I was sure I’d turned my air off. I asked him what that sound was and he said “Oh nothing.” I knew he was definitely up to something at that point and the sound was coming from the other side of my bedroom door. When I opened it I stood there in complete and utter shock.
David had bought me and set up a 5 foot inflatable Halloween Hello Kitty. I am obsessed with Hello Kitty and have been since about age 3. I never grew out of it.
He set her up and had her waiting for me when I got out of the bath. He also attached a card to her that was the absolute sweetest card I have every received. I was absolutely speechless, which rarely ever happens – I always have something to say. I cannot believe how lucky I am to have someone in my life that is so thoughtful, sweet, and cares so much about me. Sorry for being mushy, but I am so thankful to have him in my life. And yes, he really does exist, he just requested that pictures of him not be included on my blog, and I completely respect his privacy. That’s why there are no pictures of the two of us in any of my posts.
All in all it was a fantastic trip!