Crossville, Tennessee. Cumberland Mountain State Park
Jul 8, 2009
Update: Wed 07/07/2009
Location: Cumberland Mountain State Park. Near Homestead, Tennessee.
Weather: Cool…..Highs in mid 80’s, Lows in the 60’s
Howdy Family and Friends:
Here we are in Cumberland County Tennessee on top of the plateau! It is roughly 65 miles from Maryville. We thought we would take in a few days of cooler camping after all the campers left the park here at Cumberland Mountain State Park. The park is quiet and peaceful immediately after a big holiday blow out.
We love this park, and have all ways enjoyed coming back to this little bit of heaven in the mountains. We are staying on site #45 which is in area #2 located in the upper area of the park. Nice level place with plenty of trees and grass with clean pea size gravel on each site.
With the cooler temps here we can sit outside and kick back by a camp fire. No pests as such to bite on you. Chris noticed several big Woodpeckers nesting nearby and she is already trying to get a better view of those guys. Lots of squirrels play on the ground and occasionally they will creep closer to see if we have any peanuts to offer.
One thing we noticed when we arrived was that the lake (Byrd Lake) here has been drained (down about 8 ft.) in order for the park service to run some new sewer lines across the lake bed at the base of the dam. So the boat dock is looking rather ragged and no one is out on the lake. We hiked around the lake and got some good views of the park restaurant and dam. The hiking trail is similar to those you find in the Smokies.
The park has a superb restaurant and is very famous for their dinner buffets. We like the catfish and white fish buffets they have here on Fridays. They stay very busy at this park feeding folks from all over the country. We have eaten at this restaurant many times over the years and the service and quality has not faded.
The large swimming pool, located in the park, is a real magnet to folks looking for a place to cool down on a summer day. I remember coming here many years ago with family and enjoying the pool. Nice memories indeed. The park has a winter 10K run for runners that starts at the pool and continues roughly 6 miles on the road outside the park and finally ends at the same location. This park has something going on all year long.
Yesterday we ventured out with the truck and visited a Mennonite/Amish community near Muddy Pond, Tennessee, about 20 miles from the park. There were lots of crafts, furniture, leather goods,fresh veggies and food to look over. These folks are some of the finest craftsmen out there. We enjoyed our afternoon of exploring to this tiny community nestled back in the country. We brought back some delicious jellies and some fried pies to eat with our vanilla ice cream by the campfire.
On Tuesday evening we had my Brother Larry, and his wife Betty visit with us for a few hours. We sat around the camp and told a bunch of stories and talked about everyone. Drank some coffee and ate some homemade cookies. Thanks Larry and Betty for coming up and making our stay even more special. Larry is a Deputy Sheriff in Putnam County. Larry and Betty live in Monterey, Tennessee with their two boys Blake and Dakota. Their oldest boy Tim lives in Huntsville, AL.
Special mention: My “sympathies” go out to my friends at DENSO that are still chained to their desks. Wish you could be here to enjoy this place. Even though I miss the daily contact with you guys I am really enjoying being home with Chris everyday. Please tell everyone there “Howdy” for me. You guys are very special folks to me!!!
Anyway….enough of that mushy stuff….We plan on leaving here in the next couple days and returning back home. I am hoping that the RV dealer can complete the repair to the RV wheel well before we pull out again for Cordele, Georgia to work on the Excursion Train again this fall. Yes, we are still scheduled to head up to Maine at the end of July for a two week road trip. So, stay tuned for that update as well.
Hope you all have enjoyed this little update to our adventures. Chris and I have learned that the trips that are the most enjoyable are the ones that are done on the “fly” and this trip to the plateau has been one of them. If you are interested in CMSP you can go to the Tennessee State Park web site and learn more about it.
Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts.
In Dad’s memory the ADVENTURE continues……………..
Archie, Chris and Chad (the wonder dog)