Science tells us the average adult's body is composed of 50-60 percent water. (It's 75 percent when we are born.)
So there's no doubt our famed H20 is essential to our very being. Not only do we need it to survive; heck, we're made of it!
It may sound silly to some, but I suspect water has to be primal to us. I mean, hey, it's part of us, right? So it's no wonder so many of us are seemingly drawn to it—some more than others; take outdoorsmen for example.
And thankfully, as Tennesseans, we are blessed. Our water quality and its abundance really does add to the quality of life in the Volunteer State.
How many times have I said to myself that Tennesseans can count our blessings in waves, ripples and gallons? In some sections, the border of our state is even formed by water. It's really all around us in more ways than one, and it would be difficult to tell you how much water has influenced my life.
I am drawn to water more than most. I loved it so much I made a career around it. How fortunate was I to be born in Tennessee? Again, I was blessed.
Of course, a lot of our water is in constant motion. From the Olympic-caliber, white-water rapids of East Tennessee, to the sometimes slow, but powerful Mighty Mississippi on Tennessee's western border, these waters are in constant motion—seeming alive and teaming with life.
And you know what? I am addicted to these moving waters even more than others.
Why? Well, it's because it is on the small, moving waters that I first cut my angling teeth. People that know me know I often mention Mulberry Creek near Lynchburg, Tennessee. While growing up, I was nearly always either in the creek or within sight of it on a daily basis. And reflecting upon it, I doubt the memories formed there will ever be washed from my memory. (I sure hope not.)
In fact, sitting here, if I allow my mind's eye to wander, I can recall the creek's current feeling alive as it flowed by me as I fished. Literally in the water, I felt much more a part of nature than a spectator. It's kind of funny when you ponder the things that influence us when we are young, and somehow adhere to what we will become as adults.
Looking back at my life now, it all kind of "makes sense" as they say.
And how cool is that?
Some say the older we get, the more we become what we first were. Well, I was a creek-wader at first, and I'm still drawn to it like the famed moth to flame…or maybe, in this case, a Northwestern salmon to its spawning areas.
I'm always drawn back there.
And not too long ago, I made such a pilgrimage—to my home waters, and it was quite the homecoming.
Again, water is a part of us. We are drawn to it. And fortunate are Tennesseans. Just look at the "blue" spots on our state's map. They are many. And think about this: recreational opportunities abound nearly everywhere you see blue.
So get out there and explore ways to enjoy the fun.
Visit www.tnvaction.com for more information on ways to wade, swim, boat, fish, cruise, and sight-see the waters of Tennessee.