Blairsville, Georgia (High 89, low 68)
We have had some rain the past few days, but fortunately it didn’t ruin our kayaking plans. Unfortunately, the temperatures this week are going to be pretty warm and even a prediction of 90 degrees one day. We haven’t seen that high of temperature since we’ve been here. I hope the heat wave doesn’t last long. Fortunately, we’re still having cool nights and we can open our windows overnight and enjoy cool mornings.
The weather forecast yesterday was a little iffy with brief showers popping up here and there. There was nothing severe and no lightning around. We debated back and forth with Bill and Nancy, but we finally decided to drive out to Lake Nottely and if it was raining, we could at least see the pretty lake.
When we got there, it looked fine, so we inflated our kayaks and carried them down the steep embankment to the lake. We launched by the swimming area, so there was some sand, but at the water line, we ended up in mucky red clay.
Lake Nottely is a beautiful mountain lake formed by another of the TVA built dams. This dam is no where near as pretty as the Hiawassee Dam in nearby Murphy, NC. If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.
The lake as just as pretty though, with the same deep turquoise and green colors.
With the exception of the beach area, the rest of the shorelines were very rocky. Red clay and rocks.
I discovered some unusual pink rocks. Al missed them and I’m not sure if Bill and Nancy saw them either as they were in a different area when I spotted them.
There were a lot of pretty islands to explore.
There are not shortage of rocks in north Georgia.
Bill and Nancy
I thought this tree looked interesting with the mountains in the background.
Love the pretty clouds.
One minute it was cloudy, and the next it was sunny.
Nancy really knows how to relax! I had to laugh when she would tell Bill “take me over there.” It would be so much easier to take pictures if you had a chauffeur. (hear that Al)
There were some beautiful homes along the lake.
This was a nice boathouse for the pontoon. That is part of the dam in the background.
interesting trim around the deck.
Love the blue sky and white puffy clouds
There were a few boats pulling skiers, but overall the boat traffic was light. I’m sure that would be different on the week-end.
The water was amazingly warm. I’m guessing it might have been 85 degrees….at least on the surface. I could have actually gotten in and I don’t get in cold water.
The lake was very pretty and the scenery was amazing, but it confirmed to Al and I that we aren’t really lake people. We very much prefer kayaking in the ocean or rivers, because there is more to see.
We might take the kayaks out again to see the fall foliage, but then again, it might be too chilly by then. :)