Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day 18

Day 18 – Sunday  - June 23, 2012
0745 Wake up.
Get coffee and check Facebook.  Lots of pictures from the fire near Colorado Springs.
0900 Go to breakfast but the place is packed with families.  Grab a banana and yogurt and go back to the room.  Not worth the fight.
0930 At the Chattanooga children’s museum.  Julie walked over with the kids.  Ron and Ryan go back to the hotel for some male bonding (aka shaving lessons) while the girls get started having fun at the museum.  Kim and her kids come in right behind us.
1100 Time for Kim and her kids to leave and head back to Birmingham.
1130 Lunch at Sugars with Kim and Jim.
12:50 p.m. Leaving the hotel and on the road.
1:06 p.m. Georgia
1:12 p.m. Central time zone and back into Tennessee.
12:17 p.m. Tennessee River and Nickajack Lake.  Chattanooga really is a nice area.  If we ever come when it’s not so hot, there are lots of outdoor activities.
12:21 p.m. A tractor equipment sales “showroom” in the median… lots of different tractors and equipment parked out there.  What is it with roadside tractor parking in this state?
12:28 p.m. A stop at McDs for iced coffee.  We must be in the south because Ron was called “hon” and “buddy” by the window workers.  This is a very busy exit.  Also, if anyone needs to buy gas and fireworks, this is the place.  The fireworks shops have gas stations too – sounds dangerous to me!
12:37 p.m. Gas, $3.04.  Not quite as good as $2.99 but way better than the $4.25 I paid the day we left California!  Also, we stopped at a regular station, not a fireworks station.  Seems safer…
12:48 p.m. Alabama
1:09 p.m. Hollywood, AL
1:51 p.m. Huntsville, AL.  Current temperature is 96 degrees.
2:00 p.m. At the Space and Rocket Center. 
3:41 p.m. Leaving the rocket center.  It is hot outside today!  We all decided that the Florida NASA center was better overall and a better value for the big bucks they charge, though the VonBraun exhibit here was pretty interesting.
3:55 p.m. Huntsville Airport.   98 degrees.  There is a golf course right outside the airport – quite an interesting location for golf.  Ron is leaving now for his long overseas trip.
4:06 p.m. 101 degrees! 
4:14 p.m. Tennessee River.  Again!
4:20 p.m. Stop at Burger King for a snack of chicken nuggets all around.  I also got an iced coffee which unfortunately turned out to taste like ashtray.  Ugh!
5:12 p.m. Warrior River
5:41 p.m. Arrive at Kim’s house.   Gee, we haven’t seen these guys in hours!  Haha!
We spend a nice evening at the house.  The kids played Wii.  We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner.  We watched Tropical Storm Debby on the weather channel, trying to decide if we should go to Florida or not.  And then finally we got the kids to bed, later than we had planned.

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