Tourist Time Again

Another weekend means another wonderful visit from family! This time we got to spend a few days with my mom, Tom (my step-dad) and Shannon (my sista)! We had an abbreviated visit, but were able to pack tons of activity (and food) into our time together.

Thankfully our weather was GORGEOUS. So we spent a lot of time outdoors. Of course, I put sunscreen everywhere but on the back of my neck... so, I'm now walking around with a genuine "red"neck. (Insert obligatory Tennessee joke here). Anyway, this was Shannon's first visit down here so we wanted to give her a taste of the downtown area. We saw a bunch of the city on foot - including the sculpture park, the walking bridge and both sides of the riverfront.

The obligatory "on the bride/skyline" shot
In the sculpture garden in front of the Frank Stella
All the ladies found a few new things to wear on the Northshore, and isn't shopping always more fun in a group? Then we grabbed a quick lunch before we took them out to the hanger. Right now, Brian's employer has 4 different (and pretty beautiful) airplanes to explore. Since Tom has done some flying himself, the planes are something that he enjoyed getting to check out. He and Brian talked shop a little while we took lots of pictures.
Playing at the hanger
After a brief rest, it came time for dinner. We started at Alleia, an amazing Italian restaurant. Then walked a few blocks to Public House for dessert. During our walk we stopped at the very famous, but not all that impressive, Chattanooga Choo Choo. Of course we took the opportunity to snap some pictures, because quite honestly there's not much else to do!

Now they can check the Chattanooga Choo-Choo off their "to do" list
It was so much fun getting to spend a little time with family. For as much as we crammed into their visit, the whole time felt so relaxed and comfortable. And this weekend I was reminded how much fun it is to spend time in Chattanooga doing "touristy" stuff. It really is a beautiful city and I can't wait to someday come back and visit!

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