I recently went with my family back east to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a couple weeks. Here are photos from the first few days of the trip.
My son Christopher, a week away from his first birthday.
Grandma and Grandpa had all sorts of toys ready for him.
But his favorite toy was the enormous stairwell, which he decided to climb without any direction.
My mom hams it up in what's become a tradition of sorts.
Point Park, site of the Battle of Chattanooga.
Aka, the Battle Above the Clouds (a milestone Union victory).
Grand entrance to the park, which is run by the National Park Service.
Gorgeous views over Chattanooga and the Tennessee River.
Group photo (ugly blogger not pictured).
A firefly by day.
Dinner at the Canyon Grill, on the Georgian side of Lookout Mountain. Christopher was enjoying munching on the tabletop.
The restaurant maintains a BYOB policy, so we brought several.
Their signature dish, the Slash N Burn catfish. Before...
Nice surprise, in honor of Christopher's upcoming birthday.
We headed north to visit Joe Camp, the director of the Benji movies and a lover of horses. My family had made his acquaintance previously out in California.
Joe Camp has several horses, all of which are given free reign of his property.
They definitely love Joe.
The horses were extremely friendly.
Nearby Bell Buckle, where we had lunch.
The Hermitage, outside of Nashville. Home and resting place of President Andrew Jackson.
Guided tours only, and no photos inside.
This was outside the main house.
The back exterior of the house.
The grave site of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson.
Notice that it says "General" and not "President."
The grave of "Uncle" Alfred, a slave who lived into the 20th century, and who lived on site even after the Hermitage became a museum.
The Country Music Hall of Fame, opposite my parents' hotel (they were heading up to Kentucky the following day without us).
Home of the Nashville Predators.
The District's main drag = notice Jack's BBQ just right of center.
Outstanding beef brisket.
The Ryman Auditorium, the original site of the Grand Ole Opry.
Part 2 coming soon.