Paddling Lake Dartmoor at Fairfield Glade, TN
One of our favorite vacation getaway locations is Fairfield Glade, TN. It’s just a few hours drive from home. Although it’s usually a golfing destination, this time we only took the inflatable kayak. Fairfield Glade is a peaceful resort on the plateau in middle Tennessee that has several lakes to put the boat in and get out and explore.
Our first day out we went to the largest lake, Dartmoor. We inflated the boat and launched from the shore of the beach at the marina. We enjoyed the calm waters as we paddled by fabulous houses. I had never seen places that landscaped with waterfalls on the water, but several of the beautiful homes had done this. What a great idea, just pump the water from the lake and make a waterfall. As I mentioned this is also a great area for golf and one of the holes is on the water. We paddled into a little cove and watched some of the golfers hit some shots, and then try to retrieve the balls from the water. It was so peaceful I didn’t want to go back and kept saying “Let’s go just a little bit farther”. The bad thing about traveling “farther” is YOU HAVE TO PADDLE BACK! We finally made it back to land and we were both pretty hot and tired when we pulled the boat on shore. But it had been an enjoyable trip so that didn’t really seem to matter. As we were putting things away, several people stopped to check out the boat and ask questions about it. Seems like there is a lot of interest in the kayak when people see it, so you get to meet some people along the way too. It’s always nice to spread the word about the fun of kayaking.