Northeast and Maritime Canada 2011 travel blog

The Biggest Formation in the Cave

Ruby Falls View

More Views With Different Colored Lighting

Final View

A Mirror Pool in the Cave

The Entrance to Point Park on Lookout Mountain

The New York Monument at Lookout Mountain

The Tennessee River and Chattanooga

Looking Northeast at the Tennessee River Valley

Another View of the Valley and City

Another View of the Tree

The Best Tree So Far on the Trip

A Painting of the Battle in the Clouds At Point Park Visitor's...

We are actually in a RV park that is in Georgia. So today we head north to Tennessee to visit Lookout Mountain and Rudy Falls. Lookout Mountain towers over Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Valley. About half way up the mountain we toured Ruby Falls that is a commercially operated cave. The falls are 145 feet tall and the lights in the cave make them really spectacular. The cave is dry so there are no growing cave structures. The cave was opened in 1930 and shows alot of wear from years of visitors. The top of Lookout Mountain has a National Park facility that has Civil War information about the final battles fought in this area. The Union Army retreated to Chattanooga after their defeat at Chickamauga and the Confederate Army set up to the south of the city hoping to starve the Union Army. It was early fall and into winter that the stalemate continued. While this was going on, the Union Army got supplies and reinforcement while the Confederates did not. When the Union attacked in November on a cold and rainy day, the Confederates retreated south to Missionary Ridge. The Union continued to the attack and drove the Confederates from the ridge and this opened the deep south to Sherman's March to the Sea--including the burning of Atlanta. We saw a few more trees turning color and had a great day touring and seeing the local sights.

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