Vacation on a Budget – Part 3



We knew it was time…….

Time to get away, time for a change of scenery, time for connecting with each other, time to simply have fun, time to step away from the daily grind, time for ADVENTURE.  Honestly, we didn’t want to drive for hours on end to find this either. We just wanted to get away, just far enough away to actually feel that we were away. We also knew that we had a pretty small budget to work with. We began looking at places to go and things to do within a few hours drive.

When my husband first mentioned Reelfoot I thought, we don’t have a boat and we are not big fishermen, we have kids that are going to get board, I’m not sure this is the best place to go. Boy, was I wrong.

Reelfoot is an absolutely beautiful place to be. I can’t believe we have lived in Tennessee all our lives and have never visited this place! We learned about it in school and even heard about it all our lives, yet it was never a place we talked about going. Reelfoot is full of beauty, history, nature…exactly what we were looking for.  Not only is Reelfoot beautiful and there was plenty to do there, but the Discovery Park of America was only about 45 minutes away.

In the last post I told you how we made it in a camper for 5 days with 5 people.  Well, it was cramped, but we didn’t spend a lot of time in the camper throughout the day so that helped with the crowding (and the occasional claustrophobic feelings ;).

In the first post in this series I also told you that my husband had family members living in the area. Our first full day there, my husband’s cousin offered to take us on a tour of the lake.  This worked out great for us and we were so thankful that he took time out of his schedule to do this.  The park offers scenic pontoon boat tours during the months of May -September, which cost $10 per adult (16 years and older) and $6 for children under age 16. It was a huge blessing to us that my husband’s cousin gave us a tour. He took us places I’m sure the pontoon boat would not have been able to go. It was the hi-light of the trip I must say.

Lily Pads!
Lily Pads!

IMG_5859I have never seen lily pads this big before! It was absolutely awesome!

And the cypress tress…. so majestic and peaceful, its like we were in a different world.



It was just beautiful weaving in and out and around the cypress tress. Truly, the pictures do not do justice to the scenery!

Some of the Cypress stumps were so big that our whole boat could fit inside, in fact a small car could have fit inside some of them!


We went down canals, and smaller waterways.  Some areas of the lake are only a few inches deep while other areas are several feet deep, as much as 18 feet.





A wide variety of wildlife calls Reelfoot Lake home.



Although Reelfoot is popular for duck hunting, their primary purpose is to provide a refuge for wildlife. There are certain areas considered sanctuaries where the ducks and other wildlife are protected. You can read more about that here.



As our adventure on the lake came to an end, we got to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve ever seen….



The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shewth his handywork.    Pslam 19:1


From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.  Psalm 113:3

We thoroughly enjoyed our first sunset at Reelfoot. We hope to see more there…

I had planned on sharing all that we did in one post, but this seems like a good place to stop. (If you are like me you don’t have time for very long articles anyway)

In the next post we will share our day at the Discovery Park of America.

**Thanks go to my daughter and husband for most the photos AND my husband’s cousin for the awesome tour!!!**

Is Reelfoot Lake a place you would like to visit? Share in the comments what other state parks you’ve visited…



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