The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.
Rock City, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Leaving DeSoto Park early the next morning, we drove north on Rte. 679 to Isla del Sol, where we turned west onto Rte. 682. We took it to Rte. 699 and headed north up the coast. We were in no hurry, as usual, and took the scenic route. But this really wasn’t very scenic, there was too much development. After driving through Clearwater we took the Causeway to the mainland and continued north along the coast on Alt. 19. This was a much nicer drive. Eventually Alt. 19 merged into Hwy. 19, and we continued north. At Weeki Wachee we gave up the sightseeing and turned east on Rte. 90, which took us to I-75. We then headed north at a much greater speed. We stopped for the night in a private campground in northern Florida, then continued north on I-75 out of Florida through Georgia into Tennessee. As you can tell, we were getting anxious by this point to get home. We stopped for the night in another private campground just south of Chattanooga.
Notice the leaves. It was mid-November by this time, we had been on the road for 2 months. We were surprised by how cool it was.
We spent the following day in Chattanooga. First we visited Chickamauga Battlefield.
Then we went to Rock City.
This was a place my parents had taken me to as a child, and I was wanting to see it as an adult.
They were decorating for Christmas.
The parts I remembered from my visit as a child were the named rock formations. Such as the fat-man squeezes.
And the swinging bridge.
There was an alternate route. Which my wife took.
I especially remembered the overlook.
You were supposed to be able to see 7 states from there.
It was a rough walk. But there were plenty of places to rest.
At the end of the trail was Fairyland Caverns.
This black-light display hadn’t changed a bit since I had seen it in the 50’s. It was just the way I remembered it.
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