Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Color in Tennessee Peaking Right Now

 The Tennessee River Gorge is putting on quite a show right now with fall color peaking. In spite of a record-breaking dry August, the carpet of color spilling down the mountains surrounding Chattanooga is pretty amazing. These pictures were taken aboard the River Gorge Explorer yesterday.
 The autumn bronze, orange, red and yellow look fantastic against the deep blue skies. One of our crew members took these with a cell phone. They have not been digitally enhanced.

Captain Kyle Payne reports bald eagle sightings recently adding to the "Wow" factor of several of these fall excursions. Explorer passengers got an extra thrill yesterday when a deer was seen swimming across the Tennessee River from Williams Island to the shoreline near the Baylor School. Captain Kyle says they have been spotting more deer on cruises lately. "They have been seen on Moccasin Bend where the new riprap has been installed," Payne said. "Apparently they like the new grass that was planted in those locations."

Here's a quick video of what it's like to be aboard the River Gorge Explorer in the fall:



For a cruise schedule, or to purchase tickets online, go to: http://www.tnaqua.org/RiverGorgeExplorer/RiverGorgeExplorer.aspx

***Special Note***
Chattanooga is proud to host the “Head of the Hooch,” the nation’s second largest regatta this weekend. As a result of the rowing events on the Chattanooga Riverfront, the River Gorge Explorer will board at MarineMax from Thursday, November 3rd through Sunday November 6th.  MarineMax is located at 201 Riverfront Parkway, approximately two blocks west (or downstream) from the Chattanooga Pier.

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