Before I talk about our trip, why are parts of Tennessee Central time, like where we live, and some parts are Eastern time?? We have taken two trips in the state only to find out we are already an hour late due to the time change!! Why wouldn't the time zone lines follow state lines? Weirdest thing ever!!!
We were driving and Rob said he thought we were pretty close to Georgia and maybe we should drive into the state to say we've been there too. Turns out we didn't even have to do that! We ended up driving about five miles (each way) in Georgia because of the way the freeway goes. It took us a minute to figure it out, we were driving and saw a sign about Georgia and thought "that's weird" about five minutes later we saw a sign welcoming us to Tennessee. Why were we being welcomed to Tennessee? We've been here the whole time! Then we realized we had been in Georgia for a few minutes. So, now let's add that state our list (it counts, right?)!!
I felt like the incline ride wasn't really worth it, it was over $50 for all six of us to ride and all you really do is go up and down a mountain. There weren't many shops or places for lunch or anything around there. It was kind of a waste of money but we did it for A, and she loved it!!
|She's so happy to be doing this!|
|L is terrified!!|
|Looking down the track|
|C is loving it!|
|into the fog|
|We made it to the top|
|the train runs on a pulley system, in the center we have to switch sides with the opposite train|
|top of the monument (hard to see with the fog)|
We walked back to the train station and took it back down the mountain. It is a short drive from the Incline Railway to Ruby Falls. When we got to Ruby Falls the parking lot was crazy busy. We went in to buy our tickets and wait in line. To get in the cave everyone is sandwiched into an elevator that takes you over 200 feet under ground! It was not fun, I was afraid that the elevator would break and we'd be stuck in the rocks and die!! We made it down alive. The tour guide leads everyone over to a photographer for a picture in the cave. I didn't understand why we would take a photo at the beginning and not at the waterfall but who am I to say this is lame (it's lame)?! Once everyone has had a photo taken we watch a short video about the history of the cave. The man that discovered the cave named the falls Ruby after his wife. That's about all I remember. Oh, and he had to crawl for a very long time before he reached a spot where he could stand, and he spent something like 13 hours in the cave the first time he crawled in.
The cave tour is about an hour long. It is a half-mile walk to the falls and a half-mile back. C fell asleep in Rob's arms at the beginning of the cave tour and didn't wake up until near the end. She missed seeing the waterfall. The roof of the cave is super low and I was worried we were going to hit our heads. I've never been in cave before and I'm not claustrophobic but at some times I felt like it was hard to breathe. It was definitely worth the long, slow walk to the waterfall, though.
When you walk in the room with the falls it is dark but you can still see the waterfall. After a few seconds the lights come on and the waterfall is lit up with all sorts of different colors. It was something awesome to see. After spending about 10 minutes in the waterfall room the tour guide leads you out of the cave and back to the elevator. The trail back to the cave is basically the same route as to get to the cave so there's not much to see on the way back. Once back to the elevator we sardine ourselves into it for the ride up, which is equally as scary as the ride down! There's a small playground and a lookout tower from the elevator exit. You also have to pass through two gift shops to leave, the first gift shop tries to sell you the photo that was taken at the beginning of the tour. I would have been more likely to buy it if it were a photo with the actual waterfall in it! After exiting the elevator we sat at the playground only a few minutes because it was wet from recent rains. We loaded in the car, stopped at Sonic for lunch and headed back home!
|inside the cave|
|looks like a donkey's behind|
|Stalactites and stalagmites|
|potato chip formation|
|that's C asleep in Rob's arms|
|my dumb camera kept focusing on the water drops not the falls|
|Sadly, the best photo of the waterfall was taken with my iphone|
|View from Ruby Falls lookout point|
It was a fun day and I'm glad A has collected so many brochures to find us fun little adventures! We wanted to visit Rock City also, because it's in the area and looked pretty cool but we ran out of time.