We both woke shortly before 9:00 a.m. Which, according to our Central Time Zone body clocks, was 8:00 a.m. It was a hard sleep for both of us and we felt good for it. We got ourselves together and left the Best Western (room 201, important detail later) at 10:20 a.m. The odometer reading was 35,753.
We picked up a bite to eat (for me) and filled the car with gas. It was cloudy, with a chance of rain, and in the low 60's.
Where did we head? Off to downtown Chattanooga. Guess where we went? The minor league baseball park, AT&T Field. Guess who was having a game that started at 11:15 a.m.? The Chattanooga Lookouts, that's who!
We sat 3 rows back from the Chattanooga dugout. Fantastic seats, not protected by a net, necessitating extreme alertness when the batter was up!
We saw a marriage proposal on the field, during the "dizzy bat" contest. The announcer handed the microphone to the guy and he proceeded to ask his dizzy girlfriend if she would marry him. She said "yes!"
Between the two of us, we managed to consume a beer, a bottle of water, a bag of peanuts, a hot dog and a cup of vanilla ice cream.
During the 7th inning stretch, The Husband made a new friend - Lookie, the mascot. How cute are they?
We left shortly after this photo was taken. The Lookouts were behind 8-4. Ultimately, they lost 9-8.
We hit the road, headed toward Knoxville. Once again, we were impressed with the pretty Tennessee countryside. Being from Oklahoma, it is cool for us to be in mountain areas. The Appalachians aren't the Rockies, but they also aren't the Osage Hills we are used to seeing!
As we drove through Sale Creek, TN on Highway 27 South, we spied the Small Town Antique Mall. The Husband quickly turned in and we took a tour.
Let me just say this is one of the nicest antique malls we've been in for a while. It was bright, clean, spacious and full of quality merchandise at good prices for individual collectors. The two ladies who were working (I neglected to get their names!) were so welcoming, friendly and personable. They are having an open house Friday & Saturday (4/20-21). If you are in the area, I encourage you to stop in! Regretfully, we left the antique mall without making a purchase and moved on down the road toward Knoxville, TN.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. we saw something we hadn't seen on our entire trip. We saw blue sky and sun! It was glorious, but short lived. It's been gray, overcast and rainy the entire trip. It hasn't impacted our fun at all, but it would be nice to see a bit more of the sun in the days to come.
We arrived in Knoxville at 5:30 p.m. and checked into a Best Western. We were assigned room 201. Which is the Best Western room number we had the night before in Chattanooga. Freaky!
We settled into the room. The Husband checked e-mail and the news. I took what we fondly refer to as a "coma nap." The Husband woke me after an hour and we went to dinner at a locally owned chain restaurant. We had a tasty meal and the staff was very friendly.
We returned to the hotel and our end of day odometer reading was 35,885.