From there we drove west to Land between the Lakes - to those in the know - LBL. LBL is a very long inland peninsula in North West Tennessee and South West Kentucky between the Tennessee River and Lake Kentucky. The land is managed by the Forest Service for the Department of Agriculture. A trace (which to us means no commercial traffic) intersects in a North/South alignment, along which a revival and regrowth program of prairie grass is ongoing which supports a herd of buffalo and elk in a large enclosed area. In Nature Station there’s a wild life compound with red wolves, deer and many wild birds. We visited at feeding time which was interesting as we watched a turkey vulture run back and forth and bully a vulture by taking whatever piece of food the other vulture had. A 27 year old bald eagle and 4 owls were also housed there - at 5pm we had a parade of owls before being set free for the night in a large barn. Needless to say the owls and one osprey were perched on a handler’s gloved arm! The following day we went for a canoe trip on a Kentucky Lake that had a veritable forest of water lilies that we had to struggle through to get to open water. We were enjoying communing with nature when we heard a rumble of thunder; we quickly head for the pier to return the canoe and the half mile back to the car. Just as we were driving out of Nature Station the heaviest rain we have ever encountered started, at times our vision was no more than 10ft – we would like to have pulled over to wait the storm out, but as all the windows in the RV were open – we had to push on!We were about 20 miles from the RV and although things were a bit wet but not soaked we dried up and thankfully dodged a disaster.
A lot of our driving is now on secondary roads so we see much more than when on the freeways – we pass through towns and see houses along these roads whereas the Interstates are lined with trees put there for noise abatement yet eliminating any view. We like these byways but sometimes our GPS puts us on roads not suitable for an RV – the GPS is clearly designed for cars.Now that summer is here and RV Parks fill up at the weekend we have to be conscious of ensuring that we are booked into Parks at least 3 weeks ahead.
Springfield, Illinois, St Louis, Osage Beach (in the Ozarks), Branson, MO, Eureka Springs, Little Rock and Hot Springs, AR are our next destinations.