Tonight, I’m not upset that darkness falls so early as I sit on the fly bridge to watch meteors fall in the sky above, and a star-beam compete with a moon-beam in the water below. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a star-beam before! I’ve seen just one meteor so far, but still. All this after a leisurely cruise on the paddle board, getting close to a swimming beaver and a large brown fish whose spikey dorsal fin cut the water (kind of creepy) and a water snake (definitely creepy) and a spectacular sunset.
This is why I love isolated anchorages far from the lights of civilization. This is why we’re taking our time on Kentucky Lake. This is why The Loop is worth doing, in spite of challenges and unknowns — and loss (for me) of personal control and privacy. One can see the value in something, and even enjoy it, while still made uncomfortable by it.
We traveled just 20 miles to get here, seeking out an anchorage near a boat launch so we could go ashore to explore on foot. (We are still at The Land Between The Lakes, a National Recreation Area between Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake.) We wanted to learn more about the history and character of the place…and did. Photos and captions explain.