Friday, August 27, 2010

Reelfoot Lake

A few weeks ago when we were at my grandparents house Matt and I drove the kids up to Reelfoot Lake. Matt and I both went there lots of times as b/c my grandparents live about 5 miles from it so it was neat thing to do when we visited them and Matt grew up camping there with the Boy Scouts. The kids love going up there and I figured it might be the last time we went....little did I know that it would be the last time we went there while visiting my grandparents.

If you don't know anything about Reelfoot it is a lake created by an earthquake. I believe it was back in the 1800's. There is a neat story behind it having to do with the Indian chief's daughter. There is a neat wooden walkway at one spot that offers some neat sites/picture opportunities. We normally see tons of turtles and sometimes a snake or 2 (luckily no snakes this time just turtles). There is also an area that has an eagle habitat that houses eagles no longer able to live in the wild. I love the cypress trees with their funny roots.

The kids checking out an eagle

Walking on the boardwalk

Beautiful views of the is a huge lake!

The roots of the cypress trees, the lake was way down b/c of the lack of rain...I have seen the root systems complete under water some years.

A baby turtle sunbathing on a log

These flowers were blooming everywhere


Gabby said...

WOW!! The pics of the lake are gorgeous!!! Im glad you took them while you were up there! Sweet memories! Love the new blog look btw!

Cindy said...

Neat post! I've never been to Reelfoot Lake...may just have to make a trip! I like your new blog layout, too. :)