Monday, July 21, 2014

Tennessee, Summer 2014, Part 2

Here's Part 2 of the Tennessee vacation photos, living up to my blog's tagline of "Now with 100% more baby!"

Christopher loved his grandparents' house.


He spent a good amount of time in the wading pool.

Grandma made sure to assist him.

That yellow ball became his favorite toy, possibly ever.

Yes, I take photos of food... even homecooked meals!  But I had to remember what that potato looked like.  Yum!

Chris really enjoyed having maple bars for the first time.

Awww... time to go out and about.

Dinner one night was at the Boathouse, on the Tennessee River.

(that's the river)

I'm a fan of oysters, though I rank alone among my family members.

Maybe one day this little tyke can be my oyster shucking partner.

Time for another adventure - to Ruby Falls, just down the mountain from the grandparents'.

It's been a few years since I've gone, so I forgot about the long cave leading up to the waterfall.  Chris enjoyed spending time with his paternal grandpa.

Ooooooo, ahhhhhhh...

Time for a man adventure, to the Chattanooga Lookouts game.

My brother-in-law convinced us to test our speed.

I actually had the fastest time... but considering how slow it was, I'm not sharing.  Tommy John surgery is in my near future, however.

Unfortunately for us Giants fans, the Lookouts are a Dodgers AA affiliate.  Blech.

And how!

View from our seats, which faced directly into the sun for the majority of the game.

Multiple runners scoring for the Lookouts.

I let this guy (gal?) hang out on my palm.

Fireworks afterward, in the lead up to July 4th.

Christopher woke up on his 1st birthday to a present in bed (well, our bed).

He didn't seem too enthused with the birthday bow tie, however.

Cool birthday cake!

Party time...

Christopher seemed a little confused by what was going on... "Why am I wearing this hat?  What are you putting in front of me?"

He took a piece of frosting off of the cake...

...but it turns out he's not a frosting fan.

The cake itself was a bigger hit.

I can't believe I have a 1 year old.

And my father-in-law probably can't believe he has a 1 year old grandson!

One of the rare photos of me on this trip (and yes, it's a selfie... d'oh).

Part 3, featuring the Atlanta Braves, Chickamauga, and the quirkiest museum in the South, coming up next.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tennessee, Summer 2014, Part 1

I recently went with my family back east to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a couple weeks.  Here are photos from the first few days of the trip.

My son Christopher, a week away from his first birthday.

Grandma and Grandpa had all sorts of toys ready for him.

But his favorite toy was the enormous stairwell, which he decided to climb without any direction.

My mom hams it up in what's become a tradition of sorts.

Point Park, site of the Battle of Chattanooga.

Aka, the Battle Above the Clouds (a milestone Union victory).

Grand entrance to the park, which is run by the National Park Service.

Gorgeous views over Chattanooga and the Tennessee River.

Group photo (ugly blogger not pictured).

A firefly by day.

Dinner at the Canyon Grill, on the Georgian side of Lookout Mountain.  Christopher was enjoying munching on the tabletop.

The restaurant maintains a BYOB policy, so we brought several.

Their signature dish, the Slash N Burn catfish.  Before...


Nice surprise, in honor of Christopher's upcoming birthday.

We headed north to visit Joe Camp, the director of the Benji movies and a lover of horses.  My family had made his acquaintance previously out in California.

Joe Camp has several horses, all of which are given free reign of his property.

They definitely love Joe.

The horses were extremely friendly.

Nearby Bell Buckle, where we had lunch.

The Hermitage, outside of Nashville.  Home and resting place of President Andrew Jackson.

Guided tours only, and no photos inside.

This was outside the main house.

The back exterior of the house.

The grave site of  Mr. and Mrs. Jackson.

Notice that it says "General" and not "President."

The grave of "Uncle" Alfred, a slave who lived into the 20th century, and who lived on site even after the Hermitage became a museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame, opposite my parents' hotel (they were heading up to Kentucky the following day without us).

Home of the Nashville Predators.

The District's main drag = notice Jack's BBQ just right of center.

Jack's BBQ

Outstanding beef brisket.

The Ryman Auditorium, the original site of the Grand Ole Opry.

Part 2 coming soon.