Monday, February 2, 2009


On our way home we decided to stop at Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls and Rock City. Apparently it is all together. We only went in the gift shop of Ruby Falls because daughter wanted to look at the rocks.

Rock City was not what I was expecting. It is at the top of the mountain and you go through all these cracks and crevices and caves to different areas. There are waterfalls and bridges and interesting rock formations. In some of the caves/caverns they had put in fairytale characters which were not very pleasing to the eye in my opinion. I guess it is more of a draw for children. They do have lots of benches to rest on, quick exits, restaurants and restrooms available. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

They have an area called deer park. I thought at first it was a fake deer. There were three of them and they are white. You can see them in the picture below. I wasn't really reading anything that was posted so I don't know what type they were.

Before you go into Fairyland they have the entrance lined with quartz, amethyst and other type of rocks. Once you enter the ceiling is covered with coral. I guess that was to enhance the "fairyland" aspect. I thought it was odd.

This narrow passage way had me worried. I made it through okay but I did hit my head really hard because it was dark and the walls slanted in towards me. It didn't feel very good. The last shot is what you see after I made it through and looked back. My big ol belly did scrape against the wall once.

This waterfall is very pretty. You can look at it from 3 different areas and elevations. The place really takes you back and forth but through different trails, bridges and heights. Other than the fake fairy tale creatures I thought it was quite beautiful.

As I walked out of the site I turned around for the last shot above and then I tripped. I would have been okay except that I was trying to protect my camera. I stumbled, fumbled and finally went down with my knee banging into the corner of the rock step. I got skinned up a little but I didn't bleed or have a lot of pain.

It was quite a work out for me since I rarely exercise lately. I was huffing and puffing but we didn't have to call 911. I only had to stop once to rest and I only sat for one minute. I couldn't wait to peel off my jackets when I got back in my car. It took me about 20 minutes to cool off wearing only a t-shirt on my arms.

It just strengthens my resolve to get off my butt and exercise. I just hate being outside when it is cold. I hate walking alone because it is so boring. I think I am going to have to get another exercise bike.

Quote of the Day

"The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started." – Norman Cousins

About Norman Cousins
American writer and editor Norman Cousins is best known for his book, Anatomy of an Illness, an account of how he used nutrition and positive visualizations, including laughter, to heal from an illness diagnosed as fatal. He was born in New Jersey in 1915. He served many years as editor-in-chief of the Saturday Review, a job he loved. Under his guidance, circulation increased from 20,000 to 650,000. He received the UN Peace Medal for his world activism. He died in 1990.


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Theres a place like this in NH. We went there when I was little. My Dad, who is not that big but does have a belly, got totally stuck in something just like the Fat Man's Squeeze. He was not happy and had to be helped out by the park ranger!!


Kathy said...

It reminded me of a mix between Carlsbad Caverns and Robbers Cave (In Oklahoma). Great pics Coco!

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