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.
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?
Piper 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 http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
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