My little sister has come and gone. She was here visiting for the past week. I was so happy to have her here. Dexter was happy to have her visiting too. He loves his Aunt Katie! It had been a year since we saw her last. And it's been ages since we've got together just the two of us. Last time she visited me by herself was back when I was living in Northern California. It was nice for the two of us to visit again and get some quality sister time in. We had a fun filled week with little downtime; there was no rest for the weary.
We started off her first morning here with a hike at Stringer's Ridge. Dexter led us astray down the wrong trail. It is safe to say it was a trail less traveled based on the number of spiders/spider webs we ran into. That's what I get for following him.
On Thursday, we hit up the local jump park. This was Katie's first visit to a trampoline place. She's much more adventurous than I am, but I am making progress. It's only a matter of time before I'm doing back flips. Or breaking my neck.
We went paddle boarding on Friday and had a blast. I learned that Katie isn't used to lake water. She is a California girl and loves the beach. She didn't exactly want to be in the lake in fear that the fish may eat her alive. She may have also asked me if there were alligators in the lake. Of course there is.
Saturday morning we drank coffee at Velo Coffee Roasters. We thought we knew a thing or two about coffee. We were wrong. Apparently we don't know a thing about it. We then spent the rest of the day working out at the park and relaxing by the pool. A little relaxation is always needed when you are on vacation.
A visit to Chattanooga wouldn't be the same without a whitewater rafting trip. So that's just what we did on Sunday! Cagney made it home this weekend just in time to join us too. Per my request, we only rafted the Middle Ocoee. I was too chicken to go all in. Not anymore though. I'm all ready for the full trip now. Thank you to our wonderful neighbor for making it all happen!
Katie's trip ended with a memorable camping trip (if you can call it that) at Fall Creek Falls. Our night ended up being cut short because of the torrential down pour that was amongst us. We tried to wait it out, only to discover that our tent was not water proof. It was no fun packing up muddy camping gear in the rain.
The best highlight from Katie's visit included her literally almost dying as she screamed and ran/tripped/fell away from what she thought was a yellow jacket. It was probably a fly. I absolutely wish I had it on film. I'm just happy she didn't hurt herself. It was definitely a close call.