Today was our last day in Chattanooga, and since we pretty much wasted yesterday (see previous post), we had to make the most of our final hours. After dropping off Jonathan at work (sorry again, J), Brody and I hit up the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) and the Chattanooga Zoo. Riding on a train was a MUST on our hit list as Brody is obsessed with trains (and planes and automobiles of all sorts). The TVRM is privately owned. They basically just buy old steam or vintage diesel locomotives and restore them so that visitors can experience what it would have been like to ride on a train many years ago. For more information click here. To catch a glimpse of our experience, keep scrolling. :)
Waiting for the train
Handing our tickets to the conductor
Catching some fresh air
In the dark as we entered the tunnel
The shop where they fix up the locomotives
Taking it all in
Running alongside the train just before the turntable demonstration
The turntable demonstration
Enjoying the scenery before re-boarding
Following in the conductor's footsteps
Brody and the Conductor
The Chattanooga Zoo
The zoo was sort-of a last minute plan since Jonathan was not ready for us to pick him up after the train ride. But God worked that out beautifully for us. We managed to pay only $4 for this particular experience. Brody was free and I got half-off the ticket price since we are a member of Zoo Atlanta. This is a great tip if you are a member of your local zoo and would like to visit a zoo in another city or state. If your zoo is on the AZA reciprocal list you may qualify for 50% or 100% off admission to another zoo on the list. Score!
This particular zoo was much smaller than Zoo Atlanta, but was perfect for our needs this trip. It was easy to see all the animals in under an hour and a half. Plus, it felt like we had the zoo to ourselves...meaning we didn't have to push and shove to get an up close and personal look at the animals. I must admit though, I felt bad for the animals as their living quarters were relatively small.
Jonathan asked us later what we saw..."lions? giraffes? elephants?" No, to all of the above. This zoo had many unusual animals for a zoo and almost none of those you would expect. But was it fun anyway? Yes. Brody didn't know the difference and just enjoyed watching any animal he could spot (no pun intended). Don't believe me? Check out this raccoon.
Growing up I saw many of these in our neighbor's dumpster.
Who needs to see one at a zoo?
My In-laws can't get the one living next to them to hush!
These run wild by my parents' home.
There are so many that my 'rents make
a game of trying to run over them with their car.
(don't worry, they always run away)
My favorite animal of the day. Beautiful creature!
The cutest of all the monkeys at the zoo today.
Whoa! How did that leopard get into the parking lot!?!?