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Raymond Around the World: Chattanooga

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As you know, during the off-season Raymond likes to take advantage of our downtime at the North Pole to travel around the world. You may recall some of the other places he’s been, including China, Atlanta, and Italy. This year Raymond and I had the opportunity to go to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and while there we knew two places that we absolutely had to visit: the Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Moon Pie General Store.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo is a historic hotel in the heart of the city. Long ago, it was an operational railway station known as Terminal Station. In the 1970s it was destined for demolition, but was saved and renovated as a hotel. Again in 2014, the Choo Choo’s property was renovated, and now the area also contains restaurants and music venues.

Raymond Around the World: Chattanooga Choo Choo
Outside the Chattanooga Choo Choo

As we walked inside the Choo Choo, we were immediately taken with the architecture and other sights in the atrium, such as the oculus, the old train switchboard, and miniature trains.

Raymond Around the World: Chattanooga Choo Choo
Raymond amazed that trains used to be routed by hand
Raymond Around the World: Chattanooga Choo Choo
Raymond liked that this train was his size!

When we were done walking around the atrium, we headed outside to where the train is located. The train cars are the hotel rooms, so we had to walk a little bit to find our car.

Raymond Around the World: Chattanooga Choo Choo
Standing in front of the Choo Choo
Raymond Around the World: Chattanooga Choo Choo
Walking between rows of train cars

As we walked down the corridor, we noticed that some train cars were actually shops! We passed by a diner and stopped in a quaint gift shop where we looked around for a bit. We admired all the Tennessee and Chattanooga themed gifts we saw there.

After some shut-eye and a yummy breakfast the next day, we headed out to explore some more. Since we knew that Chattanooga is the home of Moon Pies, we ventured out to find the famous cookies.

As we wandered through the city, we stopped in various shops, including a cupcake bakery, a glass blowing studio, and a peculiar store with a very unusual assortment of old books, yarn, and spinning wheels. When we stepped out of the bookstore, we spied our destination across the street—the Moon Pie General Store.

Raymond Around the World: Chattanooga • Moon Pie General Store
Time for some Moon Pies!

As we went into the Moon Pie General Store, our senses were overwhelmed with the scent of sugar and candy and every sweet thing. At last we saw our hearts’ desire—Moon Pies, large and small, in lots of different flavors! Raymond and I had no idea these cookies were available in flavors such as banana, strawberry, and coconut. We filled our bag with a few of each flavor. As soon as we left, we eagerly reached into the bag and ate a couple pies. (We were so busy tasting our new treats that we forgot to take a picture.)

Before we knew it, the time had come for us to head home. We wished that we had had time to visit some of Chattanooga’s other local attractions, such as Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain, so we hope we can go back again soon.

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Raymond Around the World: North American Eclipse

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Earlier this year there was a total solar eclipse across part of the United States. Raymond and I were both really intrigued by this celestial event, so we headed south to the path of totality. The eclipse was pretty magical! It was bizarre seeing everything briefly go dark in the middle of the day, and the 360° “sunset” was breathtaking. Raymond and I were too mesmerized during totality to take any photos, but we snapped a few leading up to the main event.

North American Eclipse
Raymond made sure to protect his eyes
North American Eclipse
On the way to totality

Did any of you also see the eclipse in August? Let us know in the comments!

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Free Wallpaper: December is Here

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We can’t believe how fast December snuck up on us this year! All of us here at the North Pole are quite busy making sure everything is in order for Christmas. What are you all up to this month? Whether you’re baking your favorite recipes, buying Christmas gifts, crafting some holiday goodies, or enjoying the great outdoors, we are wishing you the very best this month has to bring. To help make your holiday season a little brighter and a little more cheerful, download this digital wallpaper featuring Raymond the reindeer!

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this wintery wallpaper from Northpole.com!

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NEW! Raymond the Reindeer Stickers for iMessage

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Add some festive fun to your conversations this holiday season with Raymond the Reindeer Stickers for iMessage! This Christmas sticker set contains 28 awesome stickers featuring Raymond doing all kinds of holiday activities, such as wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, drinking hot chocolate, singing Christmas carols, and much more.

Download the Raymond the Reindeer sticker pack today for only $0.99!

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Free Wallpaper: Temperatures Falling, Anticipation Rising

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For our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, November ushers in cooler temperatures, radiant colored leaves, and the sight of pumpkins at every turn. If you’re dreaming about white fluffy stuff after the leaves blow away, hold tight because there are just 54 days until Christmas! In the meantime, download this desktop wallpaper and enjoy this autumn-inspired image all month long.

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this autumn wallpaper from Northpole.com!

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