After an early departure, one of the crew made a design for some sort of device he thought would fly on the clouds like birds. He called it a tri-plane, but to this Captain, it looked like he just stacked three folded pieces of paper together, and I have asked the Ship's Surgeon to investigate his overall health. That we were up among the clouds seems unrelated.
Our first port of call saw the crew in great spirits. Despite water falling from rocks in the sky, and a plank extending out into the ether, the crew seemed happy to walk the plank together, and as a result, I had to withdraw my complaints as to their behavior lest a certain mutiny result.
By the time we reached Lover's Leap, the Ship's Surgeon had them firmly back under control of the ship's strict hierarchy, and the crew was happy to send greetings to their captain despite a lengthy shore leave in a beautiful place where one could see seven states.
Ruby Falls was our next port of call. The crew seemed bewildered by a large waterfall 1,000 feet below a mountain in a large cavern. One almost succumbed to hypothermia due to the constantly cold temperature below ground. He slept for the rest of the day as a result.
The ship came into peril after our exit from Ruby Falls. We travelled up Lookup Mountain where we came across Craven's House. The Union artillery needed a target, and this house was it. As a result, the road was torn asunder, and we had to make a very dangerous and very difficult three point turn on a destroyed road up the mountain in order to be on our way. I'm happy to report we were on our way before the real struggle started. Photos of the battle's aftermath at Lover's Leap are quite something. I'm glad we were able to avoid that destruction.
Upon reaching our final dockage, the crew was excited to light a fire and make something they called "smores". Now as it turns out, a proper Smore requires Graham Crackers, Hershey's chocolate, and marshmallows. Hershey's - the wonderful company they are - sells a "smores caddy" through Target. In case you were wondering, this is actually an empty box, and doesn't contain the crackers, chocolate, nor marshmallows required to make a proper smore. For future captains, this item should be avoided at all costs.
Nonetheless, the crew was able to make due by setting many marshmallows on fire. Luckily, the ship has avoided both artillery and camp-fire today.
Leg 1: Red Top Mountain Campground to Lookout Mountain, TN
Leg 2: Lookout Mountain to Campground