Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Get Out of Town!

Listening all week to my wife decompress from the pressures of the end of the month processing at her job, I thought that she needed some downtime without any requirements. And, even if it were for just a day, going out of town would probably be a good idea. So, that is just what we did.

Saturday morning, we hit the interstate and made our way to Chattanooga. It had been several years since we visited the Tennessee Aquarium, and we had heard they had expanded since our last visit.

We recalled the Tennessee Aquarium being a top notch attraction the last time we visited the "River Journey" - the fresh water aquarium. They raised the bar and set a new standard when they built the "Ocean Journey" - the salt water aquarium.

This trip I took our camera and shot over 200 photos. I will resist the tempation to make you endure all 200, but here is a sampling of this great treasure.

River Journey

Ocean Journey

Chattanooga has done and incredible job with the development of the area surrounding the aquarium campus with a variety of hotels and restaraunts within walking distance as well as an IMAX theater. Built on the banks of the Tennessee River, there are even two-hour river boat excursions available.

One of the restaraunts that is with in easy walking distance from the aquarium is Big River Grille & Brewing Works. I have to give them kudos. The service is top notch. The food is unbelievable and for those who like beer, they brew their own.


Unknown said...

Amazing color on the parrot and butterflies. Nice pictures.

MisterBill77 said...

You romantic, you... Glad y'all had a good time!

Allen Madding said...

Thanks, George!

Bill - shh, don't blow my ruffian cover!

Pam said...

Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing.

Ben said...

I've wanted to take the fam there, hows the restaurant for families? Recommend anything?

Doug C said...

Great photos. Its hard to believe they were taken through glass.

Allen Madding said...

Thanks, Pam!

Ben, I can recommend Big River for kids as well. When my daughter was 8, she loved it as well. Chattanooga is a great destination for families. There is a Discovery Science center a couple of blocks from the aquarium as well. And Rock City is an enjoyable visit a short drive away.

Thanks, Doug. I had a few throw aways with glare, but shooting without flash worked well.

Learning to Golf said...

Great pictures.

Kathleen Jennette said...

Wow! What beauty it is under there. Nice change to go underwater for awhile, even through the glass. Great shots! I used to dive and miss it.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

I think it was swell that your wife wanted a change of pace and you took her to the aquarium. Leslie (Stiffie) recently said to me, "Want to go the aquarium in Camden?" And said, "No. But don't you miss out on all the fun. Have a good time."

Acutually, I'd love to see an aquarium dedicated to the fresh water rivers and lakes in the US. I'd love to see a gar in its native habitat. And I think some aquariums should have bass fishing exhibits, where participants can learn about the fish and drink beer at the same time.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
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irondad said...

Go ahead. If you're man enough to post all 200 photos I'm man enough to look at them all!