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The two RV Gypsies and Karen Duquette's sister in Chattanooga, TN
July 19-21, 2014
(photos by Karen, Lee, and Ilse)

USA map showing location of the state of Tennesseemap of Tennessee showing location of Chattanooga
sign: Chattanooga & Coca-Cola
the nut and bolt man

Downtown Chattanooga and a cool walk-over bridge in front of the Aquarium.

Downtown Chattanooga
Downtown Chattanooga
Chattannoga wall
Ben and Jerrry's iice cream sign

A rock climbing wall on the side of a building near the Tennessee Aquarium.

A rock climbing wall
A rock climbing wall

Ross Landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the site of the original settlement of Chattanooga and is considered to be the embarkation point of the Cherokee removal on the Trail of Tears. Ross Landing Riverfront Park memorializes the location, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was named for John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. In 1816 Ross settled at the site along the Tennessee River above Chattanooga Creek and established Ross Landing as a trading post.

In 1837 Cherokee removal to Indian Territory began and became known as the Trail of Tears. The Cherokee were driven from their homes in several southeastern states and were relocated at various camps, including east of Ross Landing, for expulsion to Oklahoma. The name "Ross Landing" was changed to Chattanooga by American settlers who took over the land after Removal in 1838.

A pedestrian path connects Ross Landing Riverfront Park to the Tennessee Aquarium. A wall along the walkway contains an art installation that symbolizes the path that Cherokees followed on their forced relocation to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. Created by Gadugi, a group of five Cherokee artists from Oklahoma, the installation features seven large carved and glazed clay medallions set into the walkway wall. The medallions represent different aspects of Cherokee history, religious beliefs, and struggles with white settlers.

Ross Landing and the view from the top of the stairs.

Ross Landing and the view from the top of the stairs
view from the top of the stairs

The two RV Gypsies started down the stairs to Ross Landing.

The two RV Gyspsies start down the stairs to Ross Landing
art on the wall by the two RV Gypsies

Below: Karen Duquette stepped off to the side of the stairs and photographed Lee Duquette and Ilse Blahak.

Lee Duquette and Ilse Blahak

STICKBALL. Stickball, also known as "Little Brother to War," is an ancient game played by native nations throughout eastern North America. Playing fields often covered several miles and participants were occasionally killed or severely injured. Cherokee stickball was used to settle disputes between towns and other tribes. Long ago the Cherokee obtained land in present day Georgia when they defeated the Creeks in a monumental Stickball Game. Stickball is still a part of religious ceremonies and used to settle certain issues. It is an honor to play the game and survive!

sign about Stickball and the Seven Sisters
stickball and the seven sisters

SEVEN SISTERS. Legend says Cherokees came from the area of the Pleiades Constellation or the Seven Sisters. Star Woman didn't like the way the brown skinned people were being treated, so she brought them to Earth. She fell from the sky and broke open and man stepped forth. Her other sisters were mad because they considered these people their slaves. When she returned, they hid her behind a veil so on one could see her clearly. To this day you can only see her through a telescope, thus her Cherokee name U-LI-SI-GI the "Dark One".

View of the Tennessee River from Ross Landing.

the Tennessee River
the Tennessee River

The fountain at Ross Landing.

water fountain at Ross Landing
water fountain at Ross Landing
water fountain at Ross Landing
water fountain at Ross Landing

The pool of water and the steps with the cascading water.

pool of water at Ross Landing
Ross Landing sign

Karen Duquette enjoyed walking in the water at Ross Landing.

Karen enjoys walking in the water?at Ross Landing.
Karen enjoys walking in the water?at Ross Landing.

A few photos of the art designs on the staircase wall.

art design
art design
art design

A brief walk along the Riverwalk to view the Tennessee River.

the riverwalk at Ross Landing

Karen Duquette enjoyed walking up the steps through the cool water that was cascading down the steps above Ross Landing at Riverfront Park. Lee and Ilse walked up the adjoining dry set of stairs.

water cascading down the stairs
Karen on the watery steps
Karen on the watery steps

Below: Karen Duquette took a few photos from the top of the stairs.

the water cascading down the steps
the water cascading down the step

The source of the cascading water.

The source of the cascading water

The Market Street Bridge, officially referred to as the John Ross Bridge, is a bascule bridge that spans the Tennessee River between downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the North shore District. It was named in honor of Cherokee Chief John Ross. The bridge was completed in 1917 at a cost of $1 million. The two RV Gypsies walk on the Market Street Bridge for a view of The Tennessee River and the water cascading down the steps.

The Market Street Bridge

A person on a stand-up board paddles under the water fountain.

A person on a stand-up board
A person on a stand-up board

Public Art in Chattanooga

sign about Public Art in Chattanooga
Art in Chattanooga
sign about the High Four exhibit
Lee giving the dog a high four
a bird
a bird
an old bluff furnace

Lee and Ilse on the
Ruth S. and A. William Holberg Pedestrian Bridge

The two RV Gypsies
on the pedestrian bridge.

Lee Duquette on a Pedestrian Bridge
the two RV Gypsies on a pediestrian bridge

Both outside edges of this bridge is a see-through glass-bottom, so of course Karen Duquette took photos looking straight down through the glass on the bridge. Ilse Blahak would not walk on that part and scurried across the bridge by walking on the solid part of the bridge.

the glass bottom of the pedestrian bridge.
the glass bottom of the pedestrian bridge.

Cars passed under the bridge as the two RV Gypsies walked across it.

Cars pass under the bridge

Below: Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. This panorama is equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art inside which is recognized as one of the country's finest.

Hunter Museum sign
Hunter Museum of American Art
part of the Hunter Museum of American Art
part of the Hunter Museum of American Ar
Karen Duquette and a piece of art



BELOW: Statue of Lindy-Hop dancers: The background was so busy, so Karen Duquette turned the background to black and white so the dancers could be seen better. She does not like to mess with pictures too often.

Statue of Lindy-Hop dancers
Statue of Lindy-Hop dancers

Bronze statues of ball players, titled "Full Count"

sign about the Full Count art
broze statue of a baseball pitcher
Full Count - picture, batter, catcher

Below: Lee Duquette got in on the baseball action.

Lee Duquette gets in on the baseball action
Lee Duquette gets in on the baseball action
Lee Duquette

A great zig-zagging staircase which reminded the two RV Gypsies of the street in San Francisco.

zig-zagging staircase
zig-zagging staircase
zig-zagging staircase

Below: Lunch time at a nearby park - Ilse and Karen took a picture of each other, while Lee Duquette prepared the lunch.

Ilse Blahak
Karen Duquete in Chattanooga
Blue Rhino statue

Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in Chattanooga, Tennessee - July 19-21, 2014
You may visit these eight (8) sites in any order you choose.
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Chattanooga, Ross Landing, water steps. sculptures and more

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Incline Railway

Rock City

Ruby Falls - a waterfall in a cave

Point Park

A duck ride on the Tennessee River

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga West KOA in Trenton, Georgia

look below

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