Lovely Day on Center Hill Lake

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by pawsplus, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. pawsplus

    pawsplus Paddler

    Jan 19, 2015
    Landlocked in Tennessee
    I really REALLY needed to get away from the madding crowd, given that here in the US, that involves a certain completely insane person who is inexplicably running for high office. I spent much of the day yesterday on Center Hill Lake, one of my faves around here, on a completely gorgeous day.

    I went about 8 miles, launching from the marina at Cove Hollow about 10:30 AM.

    The wind was against me this first part, so it took me way longer than it normally would to go just a few miles. I was fighting it pretty hard. I went up to the dam, which I had not seen before (I usually launch way at the other end of the long, skinny, winding lake). The water level is quite low now, and has been for a while, and will be for a while more, since they are doing construction/maintenance work on the dam.

    Nearby I saw this lovely rocky promontory. It looked like it was, perhaps, a previous version of the current "saddle dam" next to the real dam (filing in a low area), as it was made of man-made chunks of concrete.

    I landed there and climbed up the rocks, where I set up my chair, made hot tea, and had my lunch. I don't normally stay long on lunch breaks, but the election stuff had gotten to me, the day was perfect, and the place was gorgeous, plus I had a book with me. So I stayed there about an hour, eating lunch, sipping tea, and reading. Ahhhhh! :)

    Here are the views from my eyrie.

    This is the view behind me.

    Finally, I loaded back up and headed back down the lake. As you can see from the map, I did a lot more AFTER lunch than before, although it took about the same amount of time because the wind was now behind me for most of it. If I had installed my rudder, I would have been FLYING--as it was, I went pretty fast, but had to keep correcting my tracking as the wind kept pushing the stern over. I swear to god, I will get that damn rudder installed THIS MONTH!!!!

    I saw 5 large "party boats" all attached together and travelling together down the river. I guess they were transporting them from one marina to another. It was quite a sight! Then I headed back to the marina.

    It was a really lovely day and I felt much more sane after being entirely away from news, "news," social media, and the insanity that is the surreality in which America is currently gripped. THANK YOU, MOTHER NATURE! :)
  2. Kayak Jim

    Kayak Jim Paddler

    Mar 5, 2016
    Comox Valley BC
    Looks like a lovely outing/ escape.
  3. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

    May 31, 2005
    Astoria, Oregon, USA
    The promontory shot: lake_from_rocky_promontory says it all: the peace of place and time.
  4. creatovana

    creatovana New Member

    Jul 7, 2016
    wow, all pictures are very great!