Through the years I've often heard, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. On the first day of summer, I walked into the great wide open after a busy day at work to be greeted by a breathtaking reminder of God's promise.
It was a captivating moment, as I stood near the street (my very own
front row seat) and watched the beauty of a colorful double rainbow
unfold—as it blossomed and quickly faded away. I've been blessed not
once, but twice in the past 30 days with the richness of natural
beauty—rainbows—and the feel good of knowing their significance.
As we make transition from rainbows to Operation Dry Water, let's
first take a moment and vote for Lake Cumberland—our "on water"
playground for visitors to the area.
Everyone can vote daily until this Friday, June 29 and help make
Kentucky one of the Top 10 Mom Approved Places to Fish and Boat in
America. Although there are 48 other contenders, Lake Cumberland is
in close competition with Nebraska for the top slot.
When voting, you can also register for a grand prize vacation
package of a guided fishing charter, three night resort lodging and a
$1,500 gift card for travel expenses.
To vote, log on to https://www.takemefishing.org/momapproved/. The
Top 10 fishing and boating destinations selected will receive
national media attention. Competitions are spearheaded by the
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, which works with the
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies.
As voting ends for Lake Cumberland, another on water mission begins—
Boating Under the Influence enforcement. Operation Dry Water will
account for extra water patrol by Fish and Wildlife Officers this
weekend in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol and drug
fatalities by increasing boater awareness.
During the three day weekend leading up to Wednesday, July 4,
officers will administer a stronger presence and more visible
deterrent to alcohol use on the water. They will be on heightened
alert for violators of boating under the influence laws. Making
this a safe and enjoyable boating season is top priority for the
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Alcohol use while boating
creates problems on the water and often leads to many injuries,
accidents and fatalities that could have otherwise been prevented.
Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational
boating fatalities. With a large number of visitors celebrating July
4 in the lake area, everyone is encouraged to adhere to safe boating
practices. Stay sober while boating and always wear a life jacket.
If you have children under 12 on a moving boat or other watercraft,
they are required to wear life jackets. It's also a Kentucky state
law that flotation devices be provided for every person on boats,
pontoons and houseboats. Your life jackets should always be size
appropriate, in working order and readily accessible.
Never underestimate how quickly an on water accident can happen.
When you're thrown from a boat—like the head-on collision June 16 at
the mouth of Wolf Creek—that type of mishap leaves no reaction time.
On Sunday morning, a Tennessee teenager was seriously injured due to a fall at Wolf Creek Dam. The 17-year-old-boy reportedly crossed a
guardrail to walk over and look at the water, lost his footing, went
over an embankment, partially falling and sliding down an approximate
150 feet drop before landing at the edge of the water.
The teen suffered head and other injuries was airlifted from Halcombs Landing to UK Medical Center in Lexington.