After our big rendezvous at the Joe Wheeler State Park with the Loopers, we decided to keep on going up the Tennessee River to see the pretty fall leaves and check out the town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first night we stopped at Riverwalk Marina.
Crazy marina was plopped down on an island right in the middle of the river with a bridge connecting it to the land on both sides to a little town called Decatur, Alabama. I was resting peacefully on watchdog duty (not sleeping, mind you), while Izzy and Jeff were at the Hard Dock Cafe that evening with Jan and Nicoline from "Blue Arrow". As I was daydreaming about squirrels, the boat door opened and in came Mike and Debbie Grayston - our CA neighbors that had visited us in the Chesapeake Bay last spring.
I think Mike is the "Tennessee Driver",
cause Jeff likes to take it easy while Mike steers,
The next Day we went to Huntsville, Alabama in the pouring rain and cold. That's where there is a Space Center that Mike and Jeff were hot to visit. We got a cab to take us there and I took a lot of pictures to show you.
Here's Jeff in front of something that looks like my old igloo dog house
This is the bottom end of a big rocket that's hanging on the ceiling. Hard to get everyone in this picture, so Izzy helped me. That's Mike and Debbie, Jeff, and Nicoline and Jan from "Blue Arrow".
Debbie is ready for takeoff. I think that must be Mike above her...?
Jeff and Jan tried their hands at flying the plane in this simulator.
Jeff crashed with a big explosion.
Mike, Jan and Jeff looked at this Stealth for a long time.
I usually go to the nose end first.
The leaves were turning pretty colors of red, orange and yellow
And they were even better when the sun finally came out
before a dinner of shrimp and grits, steaks, and pecan pie at The Dock restaurant across the street overlooking the river at sunset.
We decided to stay at Goose Pond another day so we could borrow the marina courtesy car and go to Walmart. Izzy needed groceries, Jeff needed a haircut before Izzy started giving him a pony tail again, and I needed wine, beer and dog bones. I'm not allowed in Walmart, so I gave my list to Mike and Debbie. They made some great selections in the wine and beer department and wheeled their cart to the checkout stand. The check out guy looked at them and asked, "What day is today?"
Mike foolishly said,"Sunday." To which the check out guy said,"Sorry, we can't sell beer and wine today".