Moving to Kentucky has been a whirlwind, and a major culture shock, to say the least. The state itself is more rural than my home state of New Jersey, but there are parts of this state where houses are acres apart and you can actually get lost – like, gone forever, no one can hear you scream for help, lost. Paducah isn’t one of those place. It has a beautiful downtown, and even a small mall area with restaurants and a highway that goes through the town.
But today I ventured, for the first time, out of McCracken County for pleasure. Sure, I had passed through other towns for work, but I have never had time to really take in my surroundings. My first stop today was Land Between the Lakes, a massive section of land that spans two man-made lakes and straddles over the southern border of Kentucky and into Northwestern Tennessee. On our 7-mile hike, we encountered only two or three groups of people.