We Found Serenity, Scenery and Sasquatch Walking the Tennessee River Trail in Chattanooga

When we set out for a morning walk along the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, we fully expected to enjoy lots of scenery. After all, parts of the nearby river gorge are well-known for their stone walls and colorful leaves. And we could have anticipated that we would walk parts of our journey in solitude and serenity, though portions of the path turned out to be busier than expected on a Thursday morning. But we had no idea we would run into sasquatch, or that we'd walk a set Chattanooga switchbacks that would put San Francisco's Lombard Street to shame. Plus, we learned more about Chattanooga's relationship with its Native American past and still had time to stop at our favorite treat location before finishing our five-mile loop. We capture that and more in a three-minute video of our journey. For more, follow DeanLand on Newsbreak, visit OurTravelCafe.com, and check out the Our Travel Cafe channel on YouTube.

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I'm a trained journalist, global traveler and retired business executive who worked for more than 20 years with some of the world's best and largest restaurant enterprises. I left the business world behind, living in Northwest Georgia and writing about avocations including outdoor excursions, family-friendly travel, road trips, exploration ideas for active seniors and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries, and I'm still counting up. I'm a traveler, hiker, cyclist, blogger, marketing consultant, community volunteer and local high school band nerd who previously has lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi. I'm a South Louisiana-born French Cajun whose great-grandparents were sugar farmers, bar owners and reputed bootleggers. My upbringing in food-rich Louisiana and my restaurant industry career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. That also inspired the name of my blog, OurTravelCafe.com. There, I offer up a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

Acworth, GA

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