Summer Lake Season Ends
We just completed our 44th year enjoying Lake Cumberland in southern Kentucky. During all those summer weekends we have spent many hours boating on this lake where the beauty of nature abounds. Lake Cumberland has crappy, bass, turtles, deer, blue herons, bald eagles, etc. There even have been reported bear sightings. It has plenty of water, coves, forests, and interesting landscapes. Some things have changed throughout the years, but lots of things remain the same.
Friends have come and gone. Dickie, Gary, Paul, Dale, and Vickie have passed on. What great memories of these five friends that we will never forget were made while being at Lake Cumberland! Many of our friends moved on to different hobbies or activities. But we still cherish those times we spent together with each and every one. While some friends move on in their lives, many newcomers have been welcomed to our lake family. Our babies grew up on the lake, and now their babies are grown. So much laughter and happy times. No doubt our lake family will continue on as there were 7 new babies added this year.
More houses, campers, and boat storages are along the stretch of road leading to the water. When we first started coming to the lake there were few houses above the cliffs of the lake. Today you see huge summer homes in many areas. We remember when Jamestown Dock was just a small boating store with single boats scattered in the water tied to a tire. The store sold a minimum amount of groceries and bait. Lots more boats cruise the lake and many are much bigger than the boats 44 years ago.
We seldom have to stop and repair our boats like we did when we first started boating. It seemed like every weekend someone had to be towed in, or their motor cover was up and the guys were working on the motor or prop.
Before cell phones we spent lots of time searching for our friends. Now all we have to do to find them is send out a text. We started out staying in a houseboat with friends. We got a boat and slept on it beside the houseboat for a while. Sometimes we roughed it in tents on islands. Later we moved on to tents at the campground, and soon moved up to an old camper that fit on the back of a truck. After about 10 years of roughing it we bought some land with an old mobile home on it. Now we have a mobile home we bought new in 2010. It is hard to believe we used to stay in a tent.
We still enjoy the same places like Little Falls, 76 Falls, , Battleship Island, Caney Creek, Copperhead Island, and The Mill. As we’ve aged we don’t travel to these places as often as we did in the earlier days. Seems like we spend a lot more time at the Swimming Hole and Governor’s Cove just shooting the bull while we are tied up. The water still splashes in our faces when we hit a huge wave, and we love the sun shining down on the water making it glisten. We still get caught out in the rain and picnic in the boat. After all these years I still search for shapes of animals in the clouds. I sure am glad that some things haven’t changed about our visits to Lake Cumberland.
I’m going to miss this place for the next eight months. Come May 2018 we plan to be back on Lake Cumberland enjoying the sights and our friends and family. Hopefully I will be able to once again enjoy my favorite part of the day….watching the evening skies.
So long , until next blog post.