Boating on Lake Fontana

This outing was one of the boy’s favorite on our trip this summer.  We rented a pontoon boat for half of a day from Alarka Boat Dock outside of Bryson City.  It was surprisingly cheap and a lot of fun.  Lake Fontana is surrounded by either the Smoky Mountain National Park or the Nantahala National Park so the scenery is breathtaking.  While boating we saw some of the most gorgeous homes that lined the Little Tennessee River.  We saw the Great Smoky Mountain train and the passengers waved to Davy.  He was so excited and waved back.  Several times we stopped the boat to swim;  the water was cool and refreshing… We were expecting it to be stone cold since it is winter runoff, but if we didn’t know any better we would have said that it was warmer than our pool.  All in all the half day was the perfect amount of time to spend on the boat.  Next time we will bring an inner-tube and a fishing pole…

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