This little lake is the first that makes me understand the appeal of lake life. There are a number of restaurants, trails, and picnic areas, not to mention all the nifty little coves for fishing and swimming or a quiet overnight, all of which accessible by boat. If you want a house with a boat on the lake, this is the first time I see why.
We did have a little excitement on the 2 hour trip out. Just past the bridge that marks your arrival onto Tellico Lake a number of speedy boats and jet skis were enjoying the Saturday. One of these boats had a group of people on it all out to wake board. This is a new (well, new to me) watersport, like water skiing where you use a line to pull you up and out of the water. But you stay close to the boat and ride it's wake, like a surf board, so you can ditch the line and keep up with the boat.
|Loudoun Fort and the Smokies in the distance.|
We met the crew of Apres Sail at the museum. After a quick chat on radio they took the dock and we anchored. It's a quick tender ride to the dock to walk the dog. Then we met them at the museum, learned about Sequoya (a fascinating little story as he is the inventor of the Cherokee written word). From there we all piled into the tender and went to the Fort Loudoun, where we toured its museum then walked the grounds. A replica stands there now, but its complete with all the buildings. Also interesting. (Spoiler alert for both museums: settlers screwed the native peoples repeatedly and without remorse. Just sayin'.)
|Michael and Kathleen of Apres Sail.|
See, they do exist!
On the ride back we saw another looper boat, Spirit, who'd we chatted with on radio but Michael and Kathleen spent time with on their loop. As we passed Russ and Carol invited us aboard, and we chatted a bit, catching up on adventures and plans for the rest of the journey.
This was the most social we'd been since, well, last summer on the Chesapeake.