Somewhat on a whim we headed up to Tennessee today.
We hadn't precisely planned on going to Tennessee this weekend.
But also when we were moving to Georgia (in 2019), we drove through Chattanooga right at sunset and it was gorgeous. Everything—the sunset, the river, the mountains.
It almost made me want to stop.
We only had two hours left in our drive, though, (after having spent days in the car already) and we were all ready to just get to our new home.
But—we promised ourselves—we'd definitely get up there to explore. It's so close! Only two hours away!
And so—three and a half years later—we finally made good on that promise!
Our first stop in Chattanooga itself was the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. This was Alexander's favourite part of our trip. He told us so when we were back home having pie when we asked him what his favourite part of our adventure was: "Tennessee. Big. Blue. Bridge," he managed to say around bites.
The bridge was originally built in 1890 and was used primarily for vehicular traffic, but was closed in 1978. Then it just sat around for a while before being turned into a pedestrian walkway.
|This is actually the current motor-vehicle bridge, as seen from the Walnut Street Bridge|
It is 2,376 feet long. For reference, a mile is 5280 feet long, so this bridge is nearly half a mile long.
Here's Alexander and Zoë walking along with Auntie Josie:
It was a beautiful walk, though the kids were a little worried about the condition of the wood in places. The boards were only placed in 2010, and are constantly being replaced/repaired. Auntie Josie was kind enough to find areas that had either obviously been marked for repair or had recently been replaced to help soothe the children's fear. Clearly the bridge's condition is monitored. It really wouldn't do to have pedestrians plummeting into the river.
Here's my beautiful sister: