Much of the action in my book “March On” centers on and around Reelfoot Lake, located in the far northwest corner of Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake was created by a series of earthquakes that occurred during 1811 and 1812, with seismic waves so strong that they were felt in Quebec Canada. Legend has it that the earthquakes caused the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to ring. The Mississippi River actually flowed backwards and filled in the land that sank during the earthquakes, flooding the fields and forest, thus creating what became known as Reelfoot Lake.
I chose Reelfoot Lake because I find it:
It’s one of my favorite places to visit.
Great fishing can be found in the waters of the lake, plus almost every kind of shore and wading bird. And during January and February it is home to thousands of American Bald Eagles, a magnificent bird to see in the wild! During the summer months there are pontoon boat excursions put on by the staff of Reelfoot State Park (I highly recommend these trips.).
And the shoreline of the lake is lined with Bald Cypress trees that have the unusual feature of knees, seen in the pictures below surrounding the trunks of the trees.
Oh, and the restaurant mentioned in “March On” – Boyettes, is a very real, very delicious place to eat!