First at Ruby Falls. You take an elevator down over 200 feet into the mountain and then walk a trail underground for a LONG way back to see the falls. Along the way are lots of neat rock formations which are very interesting. But the falls is breathtaking when you get to it. It is lit with colored lights and they only leave them on for a few minutes for you to take photographs. I cannot remember how many feet it falls, but it is all underground and is a very tall waterfalls.
The man who discovered the falls (I should have recorded his name) crawled through rock 2' x 5' to locate the falls. He was gone 17 hours from where he left the other men and came back to report this falls, deep under the mountain. Who could stand so small a space for that long??? He took his wife Ruby down the next day to see the falls and named it for her, Ruby Falls.
Here are Diane Gardner and Mary Ann Cole, my fellow adventurers. And here I am at the falls.
I didn't take any photographs at the Inclined Railroad, but it was put into use in 1895 and is about a 79% grade down and back up the mountain. Quite a ride.
Then we visited Rock City. Here is a sign telling the "barn" story--advertisements were painted on over 800 barns around the South and hey, as far north as Michigan--no wonder we all remember seeing them as children!!
Now you can only buy bird houses with the "See Rock City" logo on them!
We had to clown around a bit. Here is Diane trying to "keep the rocks from closing in on her!"
And Mary Ann tried to "keep the rocks from falling on us!" Ha!!
They had a wonderfully long swinging bridge which Mary Ann could not resist swaying as we walked!