Saturday, March 22, 2014

Land Between The Lakes and home to Land Above the Lake

We’ve been within shouting distance of Land Between the Lakes before—this time we decided to see what it is about.  This is one place we will  spend more time.  If we are willing, we could get there in one day—about a nine and half hour drive.

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The area between the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is called the “Land Between the Lakes” and the road is called The Trace.  It is a United States National Recreation Area.  President John F. Kennedy commissioned the area in 1963. 

One of the reasons we would return is the Turkey Bay OHV area.  There are about 100 miles of off road riding.  If we are pulling the ATV that far, we might as well drop by the St Joe State Park in Missouri which contains 2,000 acres of off road riding.    I could see this happening during fall color.  We’ll see.

We didn’t stop much on our way through (we are headed home, you know) but we did visit one of the many cemeteries in the area.  There were numerous small communities with churches before the land was claimed by the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Of course, each church had a cemetery.  These are fun places to look for geocaches.  And, I did find the “Jenny Ridge Cemetery Cache.”  (If you are into geocaching, I am “lindanorthstar.”

We didn’t arrive at the LBL area until afternoon.  After exiting the Natchez Trace, we drove north on the Tennessee Scenic Hwy 13 Tri River Road.  Dan and I will most always choose backroads rather than four lanes.  However, in this instance scenic meant very curvy.  There were even two hairpin curves.  Did I mention the horse was headed for the barn?

At this point on all of our trips, we usually have to go through a grumpy time.  Dan is ready to get home and I am sad the trip is over.  We work through it and even decided rather than drive until we were exhausted, we would park in the Booneville MO Walmart.  We arrived home at 10:30 am.  That’s even with a stop in Lawrence to fill up with propane.

So, we got home, unloaded and put away in time to see KSU lose.  Not to end with a negative, I will say again, it was a great trip.  Thanks for following along!   

1 comment:

Pablo said...

I spent a lot of summer time at the Land Between the Lakes.