Saturday, November 26, 2016

Lake Cumberland

Before we headed to North Carolina for our Thanksgiving feast, Dr. M & I spent a couple of days at Lake Cumberland Resort State Park. We stayed in the lodge & had a lovely time. Because I'm a terrible blogger these days, my pictures are hit and miss. For example, did I get a picture of the lodge itself? Nope. Ah well - we've decided that we're going to go back next year, so maybe I'll remember then.

However, before you even read another sentence here you must go check out Dr. M's latest post here. It's all about our trip from Lake Cumberland to North Carolina. Such a glorious day!

When we got to the lodge I took a little walk around & found a persimmon tree! You may recall my obsession with the persimmon pudding that my Aunt Marilyn makes for Thanksgiving (and yes, I had plenty this week). I was tickled to death. I didn't try to eat any of these - if you've ever eaten an unripe persimmon you will totally understand!

That evening we ate in the lodge dining room. They were decorating for Christmas, and I had to laugh at the Very Special Bauble on the Christmas tree. Ha!

In the morning as we ate breakfast in the dining room we were able to see the gorgeous view!

Lake Cumberland is a reservoir in Kentucky & (to me anyway) resembles a dragon of some kind.

Image from here

We spent some time that day wandering around the park, checking out the local fauna.

Then we headed to Cumberland Falls. And, although I enjoyed the long twisty drive to the falls, I wasn't overly impressed. Then again, I've seen Victoria Falls, so I might have set my waterfall bar a little high. But I enjoyed spending time with Dr. M, and we crossed that destination off our list.

Plus, I got to see this cool bridge reflected in the water!

Kentucky really is a beautiful state. There was enough fall color remaining to make all of the hills look like a watercolor painting. I recommend checking it out if you have a chance!


  1. there are two native persimmon trees in my neighbor's yard. When Frank was alive, he would bring me a small box of them every few days. I might have been interested if I didn't know that he picked them up off the ground. even so, I'm not a big persimmon fan. I would thank him kindly and then throw them on the compost pile.

  2. I have just had a revelation. For some reason, the word "cumber" came to mind. I have no idea where I heard or read it, but off I went, to find out if it was real. It is.

    One definition of "cumber" is "a hindrance, obstruction, or burden, as in
    a cumber of limestone rocks." So: an encumbered land might well be a rocky land, difficult to cross - a "Cumberland." And a gap would give you (ta-da!) Cumberland Gap. Etc. etc.

    Sometimes names make sense. And always, your photos are gorgeous. I was just a kid when I last was in Kentucky. I'd love to check it out, but in the meantime, I'll enjoy your views.

  3. My aunt used to make persimmon cookies but I don't think I've ever eaten a persimmon by itself.

  4. My Indiana wife has told me about persimmons. I don't think I've ever had any. When are you going to come to Arizona and visit our Grand Canyon?

  5. I could use a few quiet days in a lodge somewhere. Due to lack of lodge, I've been enjoying a few quiet days at home. I bet there is a story behind that Nutrigrain bar in the tree.

  6. Your view was to die for. Dad had a persimmon tree on his property. I've never eaten persimmon pudding. I'll have to look for a recipe.
    Your photos are beautiful. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

  7. pictures are hit and miss.

    I have that issue on every vacation and trip that my wife goes with me. She usually has a definitive destination in mind and that makes it hard to take pictures. There was one trip to Disney World where we did nothing but run from one attraction to another and in doing so I got maybe five pictures that day.

  8. That lake DOES look like a dragon! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving and a good stay at the lodge. I think I'd like it there!

  9. Very dragon like, that like. In Japan there were persimmon trees all over the place. I wasn't in a position to be cooking with them but we had a few pieces to eat now and then and they were delicious - and, definitely ripe!


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