Wes & I enjoyed a wonderful visit and all around great time with our dear friends Andrew and Joanne, in Chattanooga TN. The drive down was a beautiful, sunny day, and the fall colors were outstanding. We stopped for a quick lunch at Taco Bell, one of our favorites, on the way down, and were greeted by Andrew, Joanne and their feathered , furry and fishy kids. We spent the afternoon relaxing and touring their beautiful home and Andrew’s studio in progress. Later they fixed a wonderful dinner of grilled tuna and squash which was very yummy. The remainder of the evening was spent looking at an assortment of Andrew’s past art creations and drawings, and a few art books from his collection. Being artists this was a wonderful way to spend an evening. The next morning we had pancakes and headed out to the TN Aquarium in Chattanooga. It’s always a real treat to Wes and I, to go to the aquariums since we love watching fish and use to enjoy snorkeling often and occasionally diving, and don’t get the opportunity to do that living in the Smokies now. It’s a great aquarium with both fresh and saltwater exhibits. The jellyfish were beautiful as always but the highlight of the visit was the Dwarf Seahorses, with the smallest measuring only 1/8th of an inch or smaller!! With three of us painting miniatures, this was truly fascinating to us! The penguins are also always fun to watch and quickly mesmerize me J
After a ton of photos were taken between Wes, Andrew and myself we headed for lunch. We ate a delicious mushroom topped pizza at a really cool restaurant called the Mellow Mushroom. Before eating the pizza we enjoyed fresh homemade pretzels that were totally yummy! With our tummies happy and full we headed back to take in another section of the wonderful Aquarium. After seeing and enjoying the remainder of the Aquarium, we took off for the Hunter Art Museum. To get there we crossed a glass bridge. It was a really neat experience! It was definitely not for the faint of heart or for those with any fear of heights. The wildest part was when you were walking over the road with the only visual sight being your feet several stories above the road. We enjoyed the museum not only for the art, but also for the retained original part of the museum, which was a historic mansion from the 1800’s. Upon leaving the museum we walked around and took in the sights of part of the downtown area. Later we enjoyed a delicious dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant. This was the first time Wes or I had ever had Vietnamese food and thoroughly enjoyed it, since it was nice and spicy!!
Ater returning home later that evening, the birds came out to visit and play. Munro, the African Grey let me pet her, which I enjoyed immensely as I no longer have my precious Spike to love and pet. The Green Chicken, a Severe Macaw, enjoyed a game of hide-n-seek with Andrew, which was quite entertaining and funny to watch! It was hard to tell who was enjoying it more, Andrew or the Green Chicken! The next morning while eating breakfast, we were treated by a visit from a local deer that was eating in the backyard woods. It was a beautiful sight to enjoy. Time had passed quickly and it was now time to say goodbye and return home. We were blessed with a beautiful trip home as the fall colors seemed to have become even more intense. Thanks Andrew and Joanne for a wonderful weekend! 🙂
I finished my commission painting, “Hawksnest Beach” this past week. Now it’s back to painting my miniatures for our upcoming shows.
Until next time- Rachelle 🙂