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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brent's Birthday Cruise

Linda and I had been readying the farm for Brent's friends coming to take part in his annual Birthday Cruise. I started to drive the older Mule (named Julie) to do something, but the starter just clanked and never turned over the engine. In fact the lights were barely coming on and were really dim. The battery had went bad in just a few hours from the last time we had drove it. Since the temperature was over 90 degrees with terrible humidity, I decided to just jump start it and drive in down to the pole barn, then work on it the next morning when things were cooler.
Friday morning, I went down to begin the removal and replacement of the battery. I had the battery out and hauled to NAPA in Burkesville by 7:30 AM. I purchased a new battery and then stopped at the Minit Mart for a few sausage biscuits. I took them home, where Linda, Stacey and I ate before I went to the pole barn to replace the battery. About 20 minutes later I fired up the Mule and drove it to the house.
Friday evening about 6 PM, Brent arrived with his family. Frank, Mike and Shelly all arrived separately around 8 PM. We talked with everyone until a little after 11 PM, when Linda & I went to bed leaving them talking in the living room until the wee hours.
Saturday morning, Pauline helped Linda fix pancakes & sausage for everyone to eat. As soon as breakfast was over, talk began again, but I interrupted and had the guys help me get the boat ready and hooked to the truck. The girls were making sandwiches, gathering towels and packing coolers. Shelly, Frank, Mike, Julie, Brent, Kyle, Pauline and Stacey put their suits on and we hauled them and their stuff to the pole barn. Shelly drove her car with the other girls and followed Brent in the truck with the boat and guys to town and then the lake.
They returned to the farm around 5 PM. The change in them was noticeable, as their skin was a brighter shade of red from the sun. They were also tired and thirsty. This year they didn't go for pizza, but stayed at the farm and fixed sandwiches while some played Aggravation. Others just showered and relaxed with conversation. Most of them went to bed around 10 PM or before.
Sunday morning breakfast was bacon & eggs with biscuits and homemade jam, after which a lot of stories were told. Showers and packing was done as old tales were being enhanced. Good byes with hugs and hand shakes happened about noon and they left for home.

Posted by Dave at 6:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm

Friday, July 21, 2017

Norris House Boat Trip

Linda had been packing totes for a week when we went to the grocery store for supplies Thursday afternoon.
Friday morning everything was accumulated in our dining area. Pauline, Brent, Julie & Kyle arrived and we began loading the Mules with the items and headed to the pole barn. We transferred everything into the Sea Ray except the food which went into the Equinox. A little after 2 PM, we headed to town where ice and gas were picked up, then to the Dale Hollow State Dock. Julie, Kyle, Stacey and I were aboard the Sea Ray. Brent helped us launch, then parked the truck and took the Equinox with Pauline and Linda to Hendrick's Creek Dock to pick up the houseboat.
Brent drove the house boat out of the resort's idle zone around 4:30 PM with Pauline and Linda riding along. About a 20 minute cruise to Pusley Creek where I parked the house boat and the fun began.
The water was flat nearly the entire time we were on the house boat. Wednesday morning the water in the entire cove resembled a sheet of glass, until Brent tore it up with the Jobe ski. Kyle was the next person to ski.
Then Julie took a couple take offs on the trainer skis, switched to the adult skis and then made a long run. Pauline gave the skis a try but was unsuccessful. She enjoyed the sun and really warm temperatures of the air and water. Daytime temps were between 92 to 97 degrees the days we were on the house boat.
Brent and I took turns lifting the kids out of the water and driving the boat.
Julie & Kyle went knee boarding, Stacey rode the tubes and everyone enjoyed swimming from the house boat. The slide on the back was a major attraction during the week.
Friday morning was the end. We loaded the boat and began backing the house boat off the lake's bank. It took about 10 minutes of swerving the back of the house boat back and forth before it was free. Brent drove the house boat back to the resort and when the resort's employee met them at the idle buoys, Brent climbed in the Sea Ray with Kyle and I and we headed to the DHL Dock. The girls rode to the HCR dock on the house boat and checked out with them.
At the State Park, Brent hopped out and retrieved the truck & trailer, I drove the boat on the trailer and he pulled it out of the water. Kyle, Brent & I tied the cover on the boat and I drove home. The picture below was taken on our trip while we were returning the house boat, early Friday morning. The fog obscured the sun for just a minute and I snapped a picture of the house boat coming through the low hanging fog. Ten minutes of fog was the only time we experienced any inclimate weather.

Stacey, Linda and I had a great time with Julie, Kyle, Pauline & Brent on the house boat!

Posted by Dave at 9:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Boating Begins

I had been getting the boat ready for the upcoming season by connecting the batteries and charging them, then hooking the trailer to the truck. Stacey and Linda had been using Pledge on the hull and returning the life jackets to the storage spots under the rear pads.
We had made plans with Pauline and Brent while watching Julie and Kyle play their games at the diamonds in Brownsville. They arrived around 8:30 AM on Sunday. Brent and I tested the batteries by briefly starting the engine with the battery switch in each position. We put the road cover on and tied it down, then aired up the four tires and returned to the house to fix coolers and etc. We rode in the Mule to the barn with our things and family. After transferring to the truck we stopped for gas and ice at the Minit Mart then on to the Dale Hollow State Park.
I drove the boat off the trailer with everyone but Brent in the boat. Brent parked the truck and we picked him up at the courtesy dock. It was a little cool and the water had more than normal debris floating on top. I picked our way though and cruised to several spots to look for prime locations. We found a cove near Holly Creek that was peacefule with flat water. Kyle didn't wait for boat to stop before he was ready to jump in the water. I wasn't quite so eager, but before the day was over, everyone was in the lake. The first plunge was breath taking but after about 20 seconds it was nice.
Linda had made sandwiches and it wasn't long before those were passed around. She made enough to last all day. We had fun in the water, then let Kyle knee board, then play in the water off and on till we had enough sun.
Our first time out, we cut it short to avoid sun burns. We pulled off the lake about 3:45 PM, unloaded our stuff, tied down the cover and towed home.
Brent took his family home around 4:30 PM.

Posted by Dave at 7:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Surf & Turf

Pauline and Brent Norris were over this week end to pick up their kids after fall break. Thanks to Michael Lamont we enjoyed a Surf & Turf dinner Saturday evening. Mike sent us a seafood package earlier this year and we boiled the lobsters to enjoy with our steaks. Thanks Michael Lamont, you're a class act!!

Posted by Dave at 10:30 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Brent's Birthday Cruise

Brent waited too late to schedule rooms at Hidden Cave Ranch, so he invited his friends to stay at the farm this year. Guests began arriving Friday afternoon. This year's guest were Shelly & Jeff Huck, Jennifer & Frank Miles, and Michael Lamont. Pauline & Brent brought Julie & Kyle along with their dogs, Pepper & Poco to stay at the farm too. Friday evening Linda fixed taco flavored meat and let each person make their choice of chips, salad or wrap as the delivery ingredient.
Saturday morning, eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and jelly were offered for breakfast before they loaded up and left for the lake about 9 AM. Linda and I kept Julie & Kyle busy during the day since Stacey was asked to go along to the lake this year. Everyone except Shelly & Jeff returned to the farm around 7 PM. Shelly & Jeff went to Major's Pizza and brought pizzas back to the farm for all to enjoy. Brent started a fire in the fire pit down by the shelter house and most guests were hanging around enjoying conversation until after dark. I headed to the house just before midnight.
Sunday morning, Linda served up pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Everyone took a ride on the 4 wheelers or in the Mule as Brent took Pepper & Daisy for a run around the hay fields. Linda cut a large watermelon, that a neighbor had given to us, and several of the guests ate it before they began leaving just before noon. Pauline & Brent packed up their things, loaded their kids and dogs and left for home around 2 PM.
We didn't hear any complaints, so we must have done OK?

Posted by Dave at 5:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ski Trip #1

Brent and family came over Saturday morning to go boating on Dale Hollow Lake. They had taken Stacey with them on Thursday, but Linda and I did not go along. We were going this time and had purchased a bunch of lunch meat, buns and fruit for everyone to eat while on the lake. Susie Mader had posted they had bought a new pontoon and I made a comment about we were going to the lake, so Gary and I made plans to meet in Pulsey Creek around lunch time. The Maders had bought a new Bennington tri-toon. It was a pretty, nice boat. Everyone swam in the water and talked until around 1 PM, then we pulled up anchor first and moved to the middle of the finger let to do some skiing
Julie went first and popped right up, skied a short way then dropped off. A little more coaching and she took two more turns. Kyle was our next victim
He was a little harder to get going since it had been half a year since his last experience on skis. But he made it up and went a little ways, three different times. Brent was the last one to go. He fought his way up on the Jobe slalom ski and threw a trail of water back and forth across the boat's wake. He held on until his hands gave out, then dropped off and rested until I brought the boat and rope back to his location. The third time was all he wanted.
Each one did well for their first time of the year. Julie asked to get ice cream, so I drove the boat to Willow Grove and they went inside and made their choices, then returned to the boat. We rode for a while towards Wolf River Dock, then pulled into Sewell Creek and anchored the boat in the shade of the hill. The kids had enough sun and it let us extend our time on the lake without getting them sun burned. We pulled the boat off the lake a little after 7 PM, towed it back to the farm and backed it into the pole barn.

Posted by Dave at 8:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Summer's Last Lake Trip

What a difference? The tourists have gone home and the "Holler" was beautiful and smooth. We were on the lake about 10 AM and took a cruise towards Sunset Dock to enjoy the smooth water and warm temperatures. We stopped to swim just past the cut through for Ashburn Creek. The high for the day was 87 degrees. Water temperature was chilly on entry, but fine after about 30 seconds. After about an hour in the water, we pulled up the anchor and moved into the middle of lake. Kyle put on the trainer skis and after a couple attempts was able to stand up and ski.
Next up was Julie with Brent holding the rope for both of them. The other end of the short rope was attached to the trainer skis, so Brent would let go when Kyle fell and the boat would not drag him. Brent just unhooked the rope at the ski end to let Julie advance her skills. She was learning to cross the boat's wake.
We went inside to eat lunch at Sunset Dock and they told us they would be closing September 28th. We finished our lunch, then rode back towards Star Point and made it through the cut over to Ashburn Creek. The depth was only about 3.5 feet as we went through the channel. We played in the water for a long time, then Brent went for long slalom ski run until he couldn't take any more.
A little water time for Julie and Kyle without their jackets to increase their swimming ability and confidence, then we took a slow ride past Lillydale, through the cut near Holly Creek and into Galton Hollow.
Stacey drove most of the way and then took us back to the State Park Dock where we pulled the boat out of the lake right at 5 PM.
It had been just a beautiful day and a great way to end our summer of boating.

Posted by Dave at 10:30 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friends At Dale Hollow

Frank Dial had called and asked us to meet them on Dale Hollow Lake. We made plans for a boating trip on Sunday.
Sunday morning we woke up to rainy weather, so we had breakfast and Stacey watched the forecast and through the window. As soon as she saw the least amount of sunshine she busted out of her room and announced the sun was shinning and it was going to be 88 degrees. I said, "OK, we can go boating." We quickly prepared our things and drove the Mule down to the barn, put the stuff in the truck and took off. Most of the boats were headed the other way, back to IN or IL, so when we launched, there were several parking spots for the truck and trailer in the lower parking lot. We headed towards Star Point and found Lana & Frank just outside of that fingerlet. About five minutes later, Susan and Danny Rockhill joined us. Right after them came Barb & Bruce Funk with his brother, Dennis. The stories and beer began flowing as everyone was in the water and having a great time. We all took a ride over to Pusley Creek and got wet again after eating sandwiches for lunch. We made a short hop over to Willow Grove to pick up some ice cream.
Then a run down to Mitchell Creek to burn up some gas. I then took everyone to one of my favorite spots, Galton Hollow, where we found some smooth water with nobody else around. We remained there until the day was almost over, then we headed back towards Star Point and stopped just northeast of Lillydale to watch the sunset.
A few goodbyes and we took the boat out, tied up the cover and drove back to the farm.

Posted by Dave at 9:30 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Brent's Birthday Cruise

Friday evening, Pauline & Brent dropped off Julie and Kyle along with Poco to stay with us while they celebrated Brent's birthday with several friends at Hidden Cave Ranch. I fixed hot dogs, chips and applesauce for the kids' supper.
Saturday, I fixed cinnamon buns for breakfast and then took the Sea Ray to the State Park parking lot for Brent to take his guests boating. Linda followed in the Equinox with Stacey, Julie and Kyle riding along. Frank Miles, Mike Lamont, Shelly & Jeff Huck had all traveled to KY for the day of boating and two nights stay at the ranch. After dropping off the boat and being picked up by Linda, I drove the Equinox to Twin Lakes Wellness Center in Albany and we went swimming.

After two hours in the pool, I felt the kids had been in the water long enough, so we showered and I drove to the closest place to eat, McDonalds. After finishing lunch we headed back to the farm. I must have been right about the swim timing because both Julie and Kyle fell asleep on the ride. Linda took them down to the 'pop sickle' barn and let them play in there for a couple hours. Around 5:30 PM Brent called and said they were done with the boat and we could pick it up. I drove the Equinox to the parking lot and then drove the truck home with the boat. Linda followed me back to the farm in the car and then helped get the boat in the barn. She fixed chicken strips for supper later.
Sunday morning Linda fixed pancakes for breakfast with link sausage. Kyle and I ate four pancakes each, then split the last one after everyone else had what they wanted. A little before noon, Brent came in with the entire crew. Frank, Mike, Shelly & Jeff, Pauline & Brent sat down in the living room and started telling us what had happened and how their lives had been going. We ate some of the sloppy joe burgers that Pauline had made before everyone left for their trips home.
Posted by Dave at 7:30 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dale Hollow Mother's Day Trip

Pauline had planned a day with her Mom, so Linda mentioned to Brent that he could come over with their kids and we would go to the lake. I guess that plan worked for him since he showed up early with Julie and Kyle. They brought brownies that Pauline had helped Julie & Kyle bake for Linda. After the hugs and initial excitement was over, we loaded all our stuff for the lake trip and headed out, filled up the boat with gas and drove to the State Park. There were a few sprinkles of rain hitting the windshield as I drove, but I followed the family rule and never turned on the windshield wipers. I guess that worked, because as we neared the lake the weather was getting better and better. Julie and Kyle couldn't contain their excitement as we left the dock area, immediately hollering to go faster. The water was so smooth and the air temperature was about 85, so I powered the boat on up and we went fast. That lasted about two minutes, then they were ready to find a cove and play in the water. We weren't too sure about that, we had figured the water might be too cold, but I stopped and told them to jump in. We were wrong, they jumped in, climbed out, jumped in and back out several more times. Stacey joined them in the water and said it wasn't that cold.
After letting them swim for about a half hour, we loaded them back in the boat, dried them off and Brent drove us over to Pusley Creek. We ate some of our 'cooler hoagies' that Linda had put together at the house, then stopped for more swimming.
This time Brent dove in with the kids and Stacey. He commented that the water wasn't as cold as he thought it would have been. Must have been the 85+ temperatures we've been experiencing that has warmed the water up quickly this year.
Another ride, more swimmng, more sandwiches and a little too much sun for the first trip. We decided to pull the boat off the lake around 3 PM, before anyone was burnt.
Linda's Dale Hollow Mother's Day trip gave her and the rest of us big smiles.
Brent left for home around 4 PM with two tired kids.

Posted by Dave at 6:30 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm