Tia—Paddle boarding and Dad’s Visit
This weekend my dad visited me and because he had not been down since move in, I had a lot of favorite spots and activities to show him. He got into town on Thursday night so we went to one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Chattanooga, Tupelo’s Honey Café. In case I have never mentioned Tupelo’s before, it is a great place that my friend Claire and I stumbled upon last semester. Just think modern soul food: tofu wings, fried green tomatoes, goat cheese grits, with okra and biscuits, honey and jam with every meal. My dad loved it as everyone always does.
We packed a lot of fun into Friday especially because it was the most beautiful day my dad has seen yet in 2014 since Pennsylvania has been the equivalent of an arctic tundra. We drove downtown and went over the walking bridge to check out all of the neat Chattanooga-centered shops. After that we took a quick smoothie break and checked out part of the Tennessee Aquarium. I have been to the aquarium about five times this school year and I am still not tired of it.
Then to finish off the afternoon we went paddle boarding in the Tennessee River. Neither my dad nor me had been paddle boarding before but we always wanted to try it. It was so wonderful and a lot easier than I expected it to be. I actually felt steady enough to try a little yoga at the end of the hour, but that was a little rough so maybe I’ll try to work up to that a little more next time. The best part is we found a place where I can paddle board for an hour for only $10 on Fridays and I most certainly will be going back to have another relaxing trip on the water.
On Sabbath after church we went to the 4 Bridges Art Festival downtown. There were many gifted artists and it was so interesting to see different kinds of local talent. To finish the beautiful weekend we spent some time unwinding on the garden patio at Rembrandt’s Coffee House.
Overall it was a great weekend for both my dad and me and there are only two weeks of classes left! And then of course finals week, so now I ask for prayers for all Southern students as we start to prepare for our tests and head out throughout the world for summer break!