Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Head of the Hooch Regatta, Chattanooga, TN

This weekend, thousands of rowers descended upon Chattanooga for the Head of the Hooch Regatta. I happened to be in town for my volunteer gig at the TN Aquarium Saturday morning, so I got a preview of the event setup before the race. 

Per the Head of the Hooch website, 8,000 rowers and 20,000 spectators from around the country were expected to attend. I thought the crowd was a tad smaller than 2019, the last time I saw the rowing competition (a friend's son had participated).  Perhaps I was early; it was around 10:30 when I ambled around several vantage points to take pictures. It was very cold that year. This Saturday was cloudy with rain showers later, but unseasonably warm, with temperatures in the high 60s, low 70s. 
Spectators cheering on Walnut Street Bridge
TN Aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary this year
Earlier Saturday morning before the race
If we didn't cruise up the Tennessee River, we would not have discovered this lovely river town. It has grown leaps and bounds in the last dozen years.  I'm sure the regatta has helped put Chattanooga on the map, since it moved its venue from the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta to Chattanooga twelve years ago.

If you haven't visited Chattanooga yet, hopefully this post will entice you to do so. It's a two hour's drive from the major airports in Atlanta and Nashville.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Fall Colors and Chattajack

A long time ago, the Fall Color Cruise festival was a tradition on this part of the Tennessee River (Lake Nickajack). Boaters from other marinas would cruise over here for the festival and the legendary potluck parties. We were lucky to be here for those fun times. The festival is no more. But ...

We have Chattajack! The paddling race that navigates the twist and turns of the scenic Tennessee River, all 31 miles of it from downtown Chatanooga to our marina at the old dam at Lake Nickajack. The event was last Saturday. The foliage was not exactly spectacular, thanks to the dry and warm weather. But what a lovely day it was (74 degrees F)! We kayaked out to cheer them and take some pictures/videos.
View of the Chattajack paddlers from above, courtesy of local Channel 3. 
At the  finish line, courtesy of the mvmaithai crew.
this brilliant color caught my attention at the Arts Bluff's district 
Fall won't be the same without some bright cherry chrysanthemums (from my garden, I might add) and yummy apple cider donuts! Popular in apple orchards up north, cider donuts are now available in the south.
How are the fall colors in your neck of the woods?
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