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Where in the World Have the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales been this month? – Part 2

They say you can see seven states from here, but I remain skeptical. :)

They say you can see seven states from here, but I remain skeptical. :)



By Piper Huguley


We’re still in Chattanooga on Spring Break on one of those one- gas tank close to home staycation types of vacations!

When I brought my son to Chattanooga in 2012, we were supposed to go to the top of Lookout Mountain on the way back to Atlanta because I wanted to see the little museum and park that feature Civil War history.  However, there was a big storm that night we stayed over in the hotel. When we got to the Lookout Mountain tram, it was closed because trees had fallen across the tracks in the storm.  I vowed to return.

So we came back, nearly two years later.  Why oh why had I not listened when God tried to tell me the first time not to get on that tram?  After all, I’ve ridden many a tram up the side of a mountain.  I’m from Pittsburgh.  I’m a child of the hills, right?

I didn’t know that the Lookout Mountain incline is the steepest one in the world.  I forget the angle they said it was on.  It seemed like 180 degrees but that can’t be right….


They make you face forward as the tram goes up the steep hillside and then hooks on for the 180 degree part at the end.  You  have to climb up steps to get out of the tram.

This is inside the tram. I don

This is inside the tram. I don’t like looking at this picture!

I was never so glad to get off of a mountain in my life.  We went to the museum and the park, but I remember very little about the battle. I did buy historical books, so that I would have something to look over later for my research, but I don’t remember. This was months ago, but I think my hands are still sweaty…

Am I the only one afraid of heights here?


headshot bwPiper G Huguley is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. Book one in her new 19th century historical series, The Preacher’s Promise, in the “Home to Milford College” series was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and will be self-published in summer 2014.

She blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.


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Marilyn Baron - June 13, 2014 - 4:36 am

My parents are from Pittsburgh, too. I’m more afraid of roller coasters but it sounds like I would hate this tram. I just went on one to get up to the top of a mountain in Banff, Canada, and I tried not to look down till I got to the top but it was more of a gentle motion, not jerky so it wasn’t bad and no steps to get out. I know we’ve visited Chattanooga. But I don’t remember that tram so I must have blocked it from my mind.

Piper - June 13, 2014 - 7:56 am

Small world Marilyn! And it sounds as if you are wiser than me. Yes, it is best to block the Lookout Mountain tram from your mind. Thanks for stopping by!

jehsteele - June 13, 2014 - 8:03 am

I grew up spending summers in the mountains. That hasn’t helped me one bit. We rode a train up to the top of the Swiss Alps and I freaked the entire way. It stopped at a look out and we were supposed to disembark to take in the view. I couldn’t move my legs so just sat there.

Hiking up those mountains was a different story. Maybe we are freaked by trains and trams instead of heights.

Walt Mussell - June 13, 2014 - 10:12 am


Sounds like the museum would have been fun otherwise. The fact that you were able to take a picture means things were a little okay. :-)

Connie Gillam - June 13, 2014 - 10:43 am


That’s one experience I won’t be doing. LOL. I don’t do roller coasters or Ferris wheels.

Piper - June 13, 2014 - 11:12 am

Good point there Walt. At least I wasn’t as bad off as one rider must have been. On the tram on the way back, there was a sign taped to a seat “Don’t sit here.” I wonder why….:)

Piper - June 13, 2014 - 11:13 am


I have done roller coasters in the past, but the older I get, I must admit I don’t have the same fondness for them. I must be changing. The ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta has no appeal for me. Thanks for stopping by!

Maxine Davis - June 13, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Piper, Been on that tram a few times. Maybe I’m just a little nuts, natually, but it didn’t really bother me. I thought it was “neat” many, many years ago. I like Chattanooga. Now when we go on one-tank trips, it’s usually to go on the boat ride down the river for an hour or two and the aquarium and, of course, dinner!

Piper - June 13, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Ahh. Excellent recommendation Maxine. We have not yet done a riverboat trip. Looking forward to that next time! Thanks for the idea and for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - June 13, 2014 - 7:39 pm

That could be Julie! But even your description is causing my stomach to do flip flops. Yikes! Thanks for stopping by!

Sia Huff - June 14, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Hi Piper,
I love Chattanooga. I did Lookout Mtn and Ruby Falls as a field trip with my son. Funny, I don’t remember it being that steep. Maybe because I was too busy counting heads. :)
We ate at a place called The Train Stop (maybe?) Where the wait staff sang and served. It was a lot of fun.
Hope the rest of your trip was fun.

Susan Carlisle - June 16, 2014 - 12:46 pm

I love the tram. Chattanooga has so much to do and see. I’m going to start planning a trip with my grandkids. They would love it.

Piper Huguley - June 16, 2014 - 12:49 pm


You are so right about Chattanooga. There is a lot to do and see, and I will take DS on the river boat. But you are far braver than I am about that tram….thanks for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - June 16, 2014 - 12:51 pm


Yes, the rest of the trip was just fine. And we will have to go back to the Chattanooga Choo Choo place where that restaurant is, (I think) and see some more of that place. All we say two years ago was the model train exhibit. Thank you for stopping by!

Sandy Elzie - June 18, 2014 - 10:10 am

Love the pictures. I love Chattanooga, but haven’t been there in years. Maybe that’ll be a stop when we come back from Colorado Springs.

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