Friday, July 28, 2017
We have broken our trip from Oswego to Fort Knox into 3 approximately 4 hour drives which is just about perfect for us. We left the Ozark Mountain Springs CG at 9am and headed east toward Paducah.
Again, we had a nice drive, very uneventful and few pictures along the way. I could not resist the one below though. You know I love seeing our nation's flag and the wind was blowing it just right. You will notice their is a second one on the left. It was a slightly different angle and did not billow out as much but still impressive.
One of the best things about traveling this part of the country is getting to pass over the Mississippi River. Dean is fascinated with it and would love to take a cruise on this river someday. In the past we have taken different routes than we did today. This is the bridge over the Mississippi River. Notice the width of it as compared to the next bridge when we pass over the Ohio RIver.
As you can see we are approaching the Ohio River here.
Notice it is a little wider than the Mississippi Bridge. He wasn't looking forward to taking this route because of the back to back narrow bridges, but he did great - I knew he would! Of course there isn't any room for gawking around especially with lots of oncoming traffic so he did miss out on the view.
We arrived at the campground - Duck Creek RV Park at 1:17 p.m. We have a nice pull-through site near the office area. It was pretty warm when we arrived, so once we had everything set up and the air conditioners turned on, we headed out for some sightseeing.
One of the things I've wanted to know more about is the Land Between the Lakes which is about 20 miles east of Paducah. I've inserted a map of the area below.
On the west side is Lake Kentucky and on the east side is Lake Barkley. The land in between the two is known as Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. We drove about 1/3 of the distance south and then turned back north. It wasn't quite what we were expecting but it was a nice drive and we made a couple of stops. First at the tourist information center located at the north end (closest to us) where we obtained information on what there was to do not only here at LBTL but also on Paducah and Kentucky. We drove a scenic route that took us along Lake Kentucky.
We also drove into one of the campgrounds.
|Really beautiful picnic areas.|
|This was just a young raccoon wandering along the roadside.|
|Veteran's Avenue of Flags. Each flag had a plaque beneath it with the name and service branch of a Veteran.|
|A log cabin - it was for sale!|
|A lock on the Kentucky River.|