Tuesday, April 17th - Corinth, MS to Chattanooga, TN
Monday night's sleep was deep and restful. So restful, in fact, I woke up at 6:15 a.m. and popped out of bed at 6:45 a.m. On vacation, mind you!
The Husband and I sat down for breakfast on the front porch at 8:30 a.m. We look eager, don't we?
Breakfast was served and while it was good, it was not what we expected from a B&B that advertises itself as one of the top 10 B&B's in the state of Mississippi. Our breakfast was 2 biscuits, butter, strawberry jelly, scrambled eggs, a preformed sausage patty and orange slices; a solid breakfast to be sure. It was not, however, a breakfast that compares with ones we have enjoyed at top notch B&B's in our previous travels.
After the meal, we took a short walk in the rain to photograph some of the historic houses we saw on our neighborhood stroll the previous evening.
Did I tell you it was raining? It was raining.
I loved this garden, which was one block from the B&B. The symmetry appeals to me.
Me with the B&B in the background.
We packed up our belongings and drove away from the B&B at 9:30 a.m. The odometer reading was 35,510.
Our next stop was the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, which is part of the U.S. National Park Service. We enjoyed the center, watching two films and viewing the exhibits. It was a good stop to set the stage before visiting the Shiloh Battlefield. Plus, I got to stamp our National Park Service Passport! Do you have a NPS Passport?
After leaving Corinth, we drove approximately 20 miles to the Shiloh National Military Park.
The park is very, very impressive. One of the park rangers told us that the battlefield is one of the best preserved in the US. They have worked hard to ensure the landscape closely mimics the landscape as it was 150 years ago. The biggest difference is 150 years ago there was less underbrush in the treed areas because the landowners grazed cattle there prior to the war.
This is a picture of a treed area today. Beautiful, isn't it?
We drove the 13 mile battlefield tour during a steady rain. We were simultaneously impressed by the courage and fortitude displayed during the battle and horrified by the resulting carnage that ended with 23,746 killed, wounded or missing over 2 days.
The National Park Service has done an outstanding job of placing signage at key locations on the battlefield to explain what was happening where. This sign explains their system.
We ended the battlefield tour with scenes from the cemetary. Words do not express the appropriate feelings.
We left the battlefield at approximately 1:30 p.m. and headed toward Chattanooga, which involved a winding road, 2 lanes in many places, and rain the entire time.
The Tennessee landscape is beautiful. Lush and treed. Plains and mountains. Beautiful lakes. And, did I mention lush and green?
We entered the Eastern Time Zone at 4:34 p.m Central Time. There was a sign on the highway, but it took us by surprise and we didn't have time to pull over for a photo.
We arrived in Chattanooga at our Best Western at 6:30 p.m. Checked in, settled in the room and started searching for a dinner spot. Luckily, we found great reviews on Yelp for the Fireside Grille/Lounge. Let me just say that the Yelp reviews were spot on! We can absolutely recommend the Fireside if you are ever in Chattanooga.
We are now tucked safe and sound in the hotel room.
End of day odometer reading = 35,753