Wind was blowing from the north and with the wind-chill factored in, it seemed to be in the low 30s. I almost froze while devouring my sandwich, Salami with Swiss Cheese on Pumpernickel bread, and wearing my heavy gloves while eating. The wind was throwing up white-caps and probably spraying up to ten feet on shore. I know Margaret froze as well. I had parked her vehicle broadside so it would act as a wind-brake next to our picnic table, to no avail.
An Eagle's nest, the white head of a mother Eagle is barely visible.
I thought it would be a good idea to go on down to the visitors center where she could get a little bit familiar with the lake. There is a great display inside with all kind of information on how the lake was formed. In the winter of 1811 and 1812, 200 years ago, the New Madrid fault decided to do a whole lot of shaking. The Mississippi River flowed backward, and the land in northern Tennessee dropped several feet and was filled up with water. Even today this is one of the best Crappie fishing areas in Tennessee. I wonder if The Wilson Post writer John Sloan has any fantastic tales of fishing at Reelfoot Lake?
Before we left I had an important conservation with a friend that was out on a limb. Who, cooks for you, who cooks for you all! When I walked by him for the first time, he must have recognized me as one who was fancy in his way of communication. I talked with him till I sensed that Margaret wanted to see some Bald Eagles, the reason for our pilgrimage in the first place. I wished my friend well, and we headed off to check the riverside for Eagle nest.
One of my favorite places was in ruin, The Airpark Inn, where my bird club stayed for years while attending the Tennessee Ornithological Society spring bird count. All is closed off and falling to pieces. I wish the state park system could find the funds to re-build this beautiful inn where it could be self-sustaining, even without a golf course.
To Be Continued
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