Day 20 – November 22
Our journey home today got off to a great start with a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. We all jumped out of the vans as excited as any kids would be and headed into the exhibits. The aquarium is divided into two buildings, with the freshwater and saltwater separated. The freshwater section was very well done; it began in the headwaters and followed the path of a river down the Gulf of Mexico. While we enjoyed seeing the otters and the different kinds of turtles and tortoises, it was also really awesome to see everything we have learned throughout the semester condensed into several exhibits. In addition to what we have learned about the Mississippi watershed, there was the connection to the Tennessee River, which was something new for most of us. The exhibits covered the different ecosystems that the river travels through, and the changes that people have made to the river. Every time there was a button to press for the sounds of a tree frog or there was a sturgeon to touch, we all rushed to do it.
PICTURE GALLLERY FROM THE TENNESSEE AQUARIUM
After seeing the giant fish, jellyfish, and penguins in the saltwater exhibit, we headed out on the road again. We traveled most of the day through Tennessee and finally reached Virginia around dinnertime. Only one more day to go, and while we’re all excited to get back to Dickinson, it’s hitting us that we’re almost done.