It’s time to put the shorts and sundresses away and dig out sweaters and knit hats — that’s right folks, it’s officially fall. 🍂 When we think of colder weather, visions of pumpkin-carving, pie-baking, and cider-sipping come to mind, but we’re here to add hiking to the top of that list.
Editors Chloé + Trista recently went on two separate excursions with Experience Chattanooga and during the hikes, guides Ryan + Hope told us about the trails during fall and winter.
Why would I hike when it’s cold outside? Here’s what Ryan + Hope had to say:
🍁 The waterfalls are at their biggest because of the rainfall — they might even be frozen. 🍁 There are icicles hanging from the rocks, and they’re really cool. 🍁 You have the whole mountain to yourself. 🍁 The visibility is a lot clearer from lookout points. 🍁 It’s a good way to get fresh air and exercise instead of just hibernating. (Who else is guilty of that?)
We asked y’all on social media, and here’s what some of you had to say:
🍁 There are fewer ticks, snakes + bugs. 🍁 The low humidity. 🍁 It’s a good way to disconnect from the holiday bustle. 🍁 The cool weather makes it easy to take your time and enjoy it. 🍁 You can fit more hiking into a day because it’s not so hot.
That all sounds good. What’s Experience Chattanooga? Experience Chattanooga is a local business that offers guided hiking tours complete with transportation + professional photography. Yes, they take professional photos during your hike. And it’s incredible. 📸
Obviously this is a great way for tourists to “experience Chattanooga,” but it’s for locals too. Staycation, anyone?
Ryan + Hope said they see a lot of locals, and it’s a good way for Noogans to discover a new trail or park that they can later explore on their own or with visiting friends + family. (Not a bad idea since the holidays are coming up!) You can also let your selfie stick rest on this one since the pros will handle the pics.
Time to lace up those hiking boots, y’all. 🥾
Do you like being outdoors in the colder months?
I loooooove it. Can’t wait for winter.
I’ve never really thought about hiking in the winter, but I’m going to try it now.
I hate the cold, so I’ll be staying in, under my blankets.
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Weather ○ 77º | Cloudy | 10% chance of rain ☁️
Development ○ On Sept. 23, City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County leaders participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new project to connect downtown Chattanooga to the Tennessee River. The new project will expand the Tennessee Riverpark from West MLK Jr. Blvd. and the Riverfront Parkway, and connect the parkway with Blue Goose Hollow. In addition to the MLK extension, the Riverwalk will be extended about 3.5 miles to the base of Lookout Mountain + connect with existing trails. (NewsChannel 9)
NowOpen ○ The Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union is opening its second McMinn County branch in Etowah — about an hour-long drive from downtown Chattanooga — on Sept. 23. The branch is located inside of the new Food City at 841 US-411 North.
Noogan ○ Over the weekend, local woman Adrienne Long broke the world record for longest time to hug a tree, right here in Chattanooga at Heritage Park. The previous tree-hugging record was eight hours, and Long broke it by hugging a tree for 10 hours and five minutes. Way to go, Adrienne! 🌳 (WDEF)
Watch ○ Local YouTuber Jordan, whose screen name is ChildishJordino, posted a video on his channel comparing two local Chattanooga pizzerias — Rafael’s and Gondolier’s — to bigger names like Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Marco’s Pizza. After testing them all, local pizzeria Rafael’s won for their top pick. You can watch the video here + lookout for more “food fights.” 🍕
Edu ○ The Chattanooga State Emergency Medical Services program is currently accepting applications for 2021 enrollment in any of its four program levels. For more information about the Chattanooga State EMS programs, and to apply, click here.
State ○ Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett released a new video series with members from the Division of Elections to answer questions about the upcoming 2020 election. Topics covered include how to register to vote in Tennessee, important election deadlines, how to vote absentee by mail, and more. The videos are being shown daily on social media, found here, here, and here. 🗳️
FeelGood ○ The Chattanooga Boys Choir commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sept. 21 with a virtual choir recording of “When We are Singing” by Kevin Padworski. After two weeks of virtual rehearsals, the choir members each recorded themselves singing their own parts, which were digitally stitched together. You can listen to the choir’s performance here.🎶
Pets ○ Humans aren’t the only ones who can experience anxiety and joint pain – our furry friends can suffer from these ailments as well. And just like their human companions, pets can also potentially benefit from taking CBD. Due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it’s most commonly used for dogs with pain from hip dysplasia or chronic arthritis. It can also be used for managing separation anxiety and phobias, like fear of thunderstorms. Shop Raleigh-based CBD company Naternal’s line of pet products – including new dog chews – here. 🐾Ⓟ
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Events ○ New Solutions for Long Term Care| Wed., Sept. 23 | 5:30-6:30 | The Chattery, virtual | $15 | You will learn the three new methods for addressing long term care. No products will be sold or marketed — this is a general knowledge + discussion-based session.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
No, it’s not photoshopped, that’s actually a horse on the Walnut St. Bridge. 🤩 Ride the Sky Equine Photography got special permission from the city to take this pic, and it’s just so majestic. The horse is Long Tall Texan(AKA Lyle) from Frizzante Farm — someone get this guy to Hollywood.
Note — horses are not allowed on the bridge, so don’t start leading one that way. This was done with special permission.
Thanks to IG user @spursnchaps for sharing this with us. 🙏
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○ The CDC released guidelines for families hoping to celebrate Halloween, with recommendations including no “normal” trick-or-treating, no costume masks, no indoor costume parties, and no haunted houses due to COVID-19. The CDC also outlined “low-risk” and “moderate-risk” alternatives, including a virtual Halloween costume contest and one-way trick-or-treating, in which individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for children to grab. (NewsChannel 9)
○ The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is currently accepting deer donations to feed Tennessee families who are in need due to coronavirus. After hunters harvest a deer, they can donate to any of the 60 participating processors across the state, who will then process + donate the meat to community food banks or soup kitchens in need. (NewsChannel 9)
○ Check out this article from the Times Free Press with respiratory therapist Jerry Czerkasij, who explains his job and how he and other respiratory therapists have been working to help COVID-19 patients. Czerkasij also explained the process of putting someone on a ventilator, and how it is often the last resort. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ On Sept. 22, NewsChannel 9 was given a behind the scenes look at Hamilton County’s Alstom Plant COVID-19 testing site. Click here for more information about the testing process, like how it’s changed since they first started testing, what kinds of questions are asked when you get tested, and more. (NewsChannel 9)
○ We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but Mainx24 has officially been postponed until 2021 due to safety reasons, current guidelines, city permitting, and insurance hurdles. Mainx24 is a 24-hour celebration that occurs in the Southside each December. Mainx24 officials said that if there are any changes between now and December, they will let everyone know. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)