Today we headed out for Chattanooga.
Flat Glenn kept asking "Are we there yet?" so I was forced to zip him up in my laptop case.
Around lunch time we were looking for a place to stop and picnic. No fast food for us, no sir-ee bob. We were on the lookout for a rest area or park but you know you can't find one when you need one. Then we spied an inviting, ginormous sign that said "Historic Site, Normandy Dam". So, we're thinking, "Historic site...that sounds like a place that would have picnic tables." So we took the exit...and hilarity ensued.
We drove...and drove...and drove...and noticed that the signage for the historical Normandy Dam was getting smaller and smaller. In retrospect, I think the sign people were just trying to lower our expectations. Just when we'd about given up on ever finding said historical dam, we see the turnoff. Finally!
The dam was dam disappointing. And not a dam picnic table in sight to eat our dam lunch. The dam signs were very misleading. And it was a dam long way to the dam. (Yes, you can call us the Griswolds.) But what can you expect from a government project, right? So we turned around and went back to the recreation area we had passed along the way.
Flat Glenn was very sad that the dam was not ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS...
We finished up our long-awaited picnic and then tried to find our way back to the interstate.
We took the scenic route...
Which was fine. I mean, we're not in a hurry, we're on vacation for cryin' out loud!
Once we were back on the interstate, we discovered that the VERY NEXT exit was a state park complete with an entire picnic area with a plethora of picnic tables. Huh.
Once we arrived in Chattanooga, we checked in and then found a delightful place to eat.
Big River Grill & Brewery. All kinds of yum!
They make their own root beer!
I had Blue Crab Stuffed Chicken. It was lightly breaded chicken stuffed with crab and artichokes served on a bed of smoked Roma tomatoes, sauteed spinach and rice pilaf.
It was to. die. for.
Next, we hopped shuttle down to the Riverwalk.
There was also a free concert downtown at Miller Plaza featuring a local band, Infinite Orange. They were pretty good.
But what was really good was the Italian ice.
And thus ends our first full day of vacation. Stay tuned for more absurdity.