Dome Sweet Dome

And we’re back. We’ve had a couple days to decompress and are enjoying our extended weekend at home. The weather is even cooperating, humidity being low and temperatures dropping into the 70’s at times during the day.
This evening I meandered down to the end of the drive, dram in hand, to check out the wildlife, indigenous and otherwise. The odiferous, come-hither musk of Spring is gone, replaced by the cooler a scents of late summer coming from the trees and plants on the drive. The half moonlight tumbled down throught the forest canopy like sunlight down a well, accompanying the sound of Popes Head Creek.
We’re looking forward to cooler weather and Fall at Hearthwood…

Lexington, Homeward-bound

Yesterday we said goodbye to the lake and drove to Lexington. We stopped in at St. Joseph’s Hospital to visit Grandfather Lampkin. He bruised his leg, and that cascaded into a series of health failures, including a swollen arm and internal bleeding; he was so frail. The kids were behaved well enough at least and he was very happy to see them and us. We said our goodbyes and took Grandmother to lunch, afterwhich we went back to see Grandfather again; he’s not doing so well…
We’re heading back to VA tomorrow.

Water skiing, hiking in a dry county

Yesterday and today were great days, though hot. We water-skied and tubed behind the Mary Jane, The Klausing’s boat; Jean got up almost right away, having done that quite a bit in her youth, while I ha less luck. Jimmy even got a chance to show off his “mad skills” while Bethany drove.
The fun day tired out the kids as usual, laying them out asleep on the deck of the boat house before we made it back up.
Today we took a break from the lakehouse in the morning, going to see the Wolf Creek Dam and same fishery, complete with walkthrougj and accompanying movie, which the kids enjoyed.
Mom treated us to lunch at the Lure Lodge, after which Jean and I took the kids on a hike and to the store to get fixins for tacos and tomorrow night’s dinner. As we were leaving the store we realized we had forgotten the beer and wine; turns out it’s a dry county and there isn’t a wet one for three counties over. We survived, but perhaps only because we had Derby Pie (from the Lure Lodge) with icecream.
Tomorrow we’re taking the kids fishing; that should be a blast:)

Klausing Cabin at Cumberland Lake

This morning we ate a hearty breakfast at Doc’s cabin (a family friend two cabins up) of waffles, grits, bacon and blackberries (the latter courtesy of Mom) and made preparations to go down to the lake.
Uncle Jimmy’s parents built their cabin and boathouse in 1952, when the lake opened. (Cumberland lake is a man-made lake, the largest in fact). They’ve been vacationing here ever since, though this is the first time we’ve stayed here.
I’ll back up a bit; the cabin is classic 1950’s construction; cinderblock basement and wood panel décor, no AC, except for an afterthought unit in the kitchen, below the concrete deck/porch. Definitely a beautiful cabin that serves this family well for entertaining up to a dozen people, though small.
Debbie and Jimmy have been generous in allowing us a double bed for the two of us and Eleanor, and the kids their own twin beds and room.
The 2nd floor porch fcing the lake has it’s own appeal and could serve as an excellent social setting. There is also a beautifully worked brick patio, quite large, that serves as the cookout gathering area (of which we’ll be making use this evening, as Uncle Jimmy is cooking out burgers.
We had an excellent excursion at the lake today, taking all the supplies and entertainment we needed to the boathouse. It was all we could do to keep Lucas from immediately getting in the water, though Merrill was initially timid. Melissa, too, warmed up to the group and swimming. In the morning the routine was simply swimming and splashing.
I even got to canoe Merrill nearly to the other side.
In the afternoon, the boat had been repaired, so Uncle Jimmy took us out in two groups

Klausing Cabin at Cumberland Lake

This morning we ate a hearty breakfast at Doc’s cabin (a family friend two cabins up) of waffles, grits, bacon and blackberries (the latter courtesy of Mom) and made preparations to go down to the lake.
Uncle Jimmy’s parents built their cabin and boathouse in 1952, when the lake opened. (Cumberland lake is a man-made lake, the largest in fact). They’ve been vacationing here ever since, though this is the first time we’ve stayed here.
I’ll back up a bit; the cabin is classic 1950’s construction; cinderblock basement and wood panel décor, no AC, except for an afterthought unit in the kitchen, below the concrete deck/porch. Definitely a beautiful cabin that serves this family well for entertaining up to a dozen people, though small.
Debbie and Jimmy have been generous in allowing us a double bed for the two of us and Eleanor, and the kids their own twin beds and room.
The 2nd floor porch fcing the lake has it’s own appeal and could serve as an excellent social setting. There is also a beautifully worked brick patio, quite large, that serves as the cookout gathering area (of which we’ll be making use this evening, as Uncle Jimmy is cooking out burgers.
We had an excellent excursion at the lake today, taking all the supplies and entertainment we needed to the boathouse. It was all we could do to keep Lucas from immediately getting in the water, though Merrill was initially timid. Melissa, too, warmed up to the group and swimming. In the morning the routine was simply swimming and splashing.
I even got to canoe Merrill nearly to
In the afternoon, the boat had been repaired, so Uncle Jimmy took us out in two groups

Klausing Cabin at Cumberland Lake

This morning we ate a hearty breakfast at Doc’s cabin (a family friend two cabins up) of waffles, grits, bacon and blackberries (the latter courtesy of Mom) and made preparations to go down to the lake.
Uncle Jimmy’s parents built their cabin and boathouse in 1952, when the lake opened. (Cumberland lake is a man-made lake, the largest in fact). They’ve been vacationing here ever since, though this is the first time we’ve stayed here.
I’ll back up a bit; the cabin is classic 1950’s construction; cinderblock basement and wood panel décor, no AC, except for an afterthought unit in the kitchen, below the concrete deck/porch. Definitely a beautiful cabin that serves this family well for entertaining up to a dozen people, though small.
Debbie and Jimmy have been generous in allowing us a double bed for the two of us and Eleanor, and the kids their own twin beds and room.
The 2nd floor porch fcing the lake has it’s own appeal and could serve as an excellent social setting. There is also a beautifully worked brick patio, quite large, that serves as the cookout gathering area (of which we’ll be making use this evening, as Uncle Jimmy is cooking out burgers.
We had an excellent excursion at the lake today, taking all the supplies and entertainment we needed to the boathouse. It was all we could do to keep Lucas from immediately getting in the water, though Merrill was initially timid. Melissa, too, warmed up to the group and swimming. In the morning the routine was simply swimming and splashing.
I even got to canoe Merrill nearly to
In the afternoon, the boat had been repaired, so Uncle Jimmy took us out in two groups

Mammoth Cave, Arriving at Cumberland Lake

Yesterday we departed White Bluff in the company of the Wilsons, to tour Mammoth Cave. Blazingly hot outside, the entrance to the cave was streaming out cold air in the same way as a drink cabinet does at the supermarket. I can only imagine what native Americans and settlers thought.
Once inside, our two hour tour was comprised mostly of listening to the distant murmuring lecture from our guide ranger and stints of walking and squeezing through tight spaces. It was actually quite cool.
We departed Mammoth Cave and said our goodbyes to Beau, Ronnie, Sam and Jack.
A short drive later, we arrived at the Klausings’ lake cabin, a beautiful cottage of sorts near the edge of Cumberland Lake. We spent some time at the lake side for the kids sake.
The cabin is chock full of family folks: Aunt Debbie and Uncle Jummy, cousin Rebecca and her new husband, Tyler, cousin Bethany, my mother, and Melissa, a young daughter of my parents French friends.
Today and this week, we’ll spend time at the lakeside, see the dam, and enjoy eachothers’ company. Good times ahead!