October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012  Day 151    Green Turtle Bay      Total miles to date:  3100.33

“And the turtles of course…all the turtles are free as turtles and maybe all creatures should be.”  --- from Dr. Seuss, “Yertle the Turtle”

This was our last full day to spend with Ashley and Nathan at Green Turtle Bay and what a day it was! We left about 8:30 this morning and went to the Land Between the Lakes. This is a National Recreation Area, land that lies between Barkley and Kentucky Lakes and offers many opportunities to learn about nature and the history of the area.

We started at the Home Place 1850, a farm that depicts life and work as it would have been during that time.  We watched a movie explaining life in Tennessee. Then we visited the house and watched the interpreter cooking a typical harvest meal. We walked around and saw the barns, cribs, gardens, and many animals. 

Our next stop was a horseback riding stable where we got information about their trail rides. Next, we drove to the Nature Center.  We walked around the outdoor area and saw coyote, deer, owls, a bald eagle, wolf, an opossum. We listened to a great presentation on wolves in the auditorium. Nathan and Ashley were able to answer many of the guide’s questions correctly! 

Nathan on Scout and Ashley on Dusty on the trail ride
Next stop – back to the riding stables! They chose a trail ride over the planetarium or watching the wolves being fed.  So for 45 minutes, the kids had a great experience riding Quarter horses, Dusty and Scout.  This was a favorite part of their day.

From there, we drove through the Elk and Bison Prairie, which consists of several acres where elk and bison roam. We did see several bison when we first entered, but as we drove through we saw only one bison along the road and one elk at a distance.

We finally got back to our marina at 6:30 and went to the Commonwealth Yacht Club for dinner. Then it was time to go back to the boat and pack for Ashley and Nate’s flight home tomorrow.  Our week with them has been fun and busy as we have tried to give them a variety of experiences!  We are so happy they could spend time with us!