TinkerToy’s Trip to the Woods


Getting away is REALLY FUN!
but getting Mom to do it is tricky

Guest blogger: TinkerToy

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Everybody needs to get away – and so do their Shih Tzus!

Mom’s friend Sam decided that unless he kidnapped us, she would never stop writing stuff to help people and step away from her darned computer, and I would never get to see the rest of the world!

So he drove up from Knoxville, Tennessee and we all headed off to Cumberland Falls State Park in Corbin Kentucky – in the Daniel Boone National Forest.  Mom says it’s known as The Niagara of the South.

You can’t really tell from this picture – only how beautiful it is – but the waterfall forms a 125-foot-wide curtain that plunges 7 stories into a gorge through the rocks of the Cumberland Plateau.  The river is sided by big flat rocks like you see in the background, too, and strewn with huge boulders.

It’s magical in person; even the two-legses talk about the wonderful smells in the air. And there are more trees than I have ever seen in my whole life – even in the park or around the little lake we visit on our walks at home.

And wait ’til you read about the special rainbows.

The mist of the falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. And, guess what?  An earthquake spoiled the one at Victoria Falls, so if you want to see a moonbow, this is the only place you can!

ALSO, it’s one of the few places in the world where you can see spray rainbows at the base of the falls on every sunny day.

First, a great car trip

We stopped a lot on the drive so that Sammy and I could stretch, Mom could go to the bathroom, and I could mark the territory so all the other 4-legses would know I was there, but we finally we started seeing signs that we were almost where we were going.

Roads got bumpier, for one thing – and the trees were a lot closer together and closer to the roads.

But, I meant that we REALLY started seeing signs that we were almost there.

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DuPont Lodge

This is Dupont Lodge.  It has 51 rooms with beautiful views, and the lodge itself features solid hemlock beams, knotty pine paneling, and massive stone fireplaces.

Although it was established in 1931, it was totally renovated in 2006 and features full amenities and hotel services.

Sam made reservations for our very own log cabin, so we only stopped here to check in and check it out — where we found out that you could probably spend several weeks here and still not do and see everything.

We went to this park mostly so Mom and Sam could talk a lot and relax in a really calm and pretty place, even though we did take a bunch of long jaunts on lots of walking trails to see and sniff all sorts of nature.

Lots of Stuff to Do

Cumberland Falls seems like a great place to take a vacation, even if you want to do more things than we did on our trip.

If you want a really rustic experience there are 17 miles of hiking trails, connecting with backpacking trials throughout the Daniel Boon National Forest.  Still, you have lots of outdoor choices besides hiking.

There is horseback riding, tennis, gem mining, fishing, white-water rafting, swimming (even in a pool if you don’t want to swim downstream of the falls), and lots of places to picnic.  We ran into a group who had been birders for almost 50 years together who told us there was incredible bird watching at this spot.

There are a couple of little gift shops too, and a tiny grocery store for the campers and people who want to cook in the cabin kitchens or just outside on the grill.

Related Post: Cumberland Falls Website

Food at the Lodge too

Mom and Sam decided they’d eat in the Lodge dining room – no clean-up to do or dishes to wash!  Besides, it was so pretty.

Lodge Lobby (with tiny gift shop up the stairs to the left)

Stone observation deck overlooking the Cumberland River at back of the Lodge

And look what you can see from every dining table by the big windows (only you are higher up so you can really see more)

ON to our Cabin!

In addition to staying at the lodge, you can reserve one of 50 campsites — with full service hookups for 2-legses who travel in little houses on wheels — or do what we did and reserve a log cabin with a kitchen and a bathroom and a living room.

Can you even believe it?

You can drive right up to the area with the cabins and park right in front of the one that’s going to be your home while you’re here.

Once you take the stairs leading into your cabin you can’t even tell you aren’t deep in the woods unless you go out front to play frisbee or something.

You probably can’t tell, but you can even see where they were hand-hewn when they were first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

They have been fixed up inside, so Mom says they are really like little hotel suites now.

But they still have big beautiful, wood-burning fireplaces made of stone many years ago.

When we first walked in it smelled just like someone had the fireplace going
the whole night before we got there.

If you want to see a video tour of our cabin, take a look below at a great one that was made by a guy on YouTube, TNTony.  THANKS for the memories, Tony!

But the VERY BEST part is outside

Check out the photos in the slideshow below – some of the falls, many of the surrounds, and a couple of the critters.  I made sure to tell you a little bit about what you were seeing, so be sure to scroll down far enough to see the captions.

The beautiful old stone bridge almost to the end is the Edward Moss Gatliff Bridge, a stone covered concrete arch bridge over the Cumberland River on KY 90  — and it spans almost 550 feet.

It’s still in use, but there is a sort-of sidewalk higher than the road where the cars drive. We walked across that bridge and only one truck passed by.  It was really fun and the view of the river was great from up there.

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We had a perfect time

We came back to several days of rainstorms in Ohio, but the whole time we were in Kentucky everything was perfect.  The sky was clear, it wasn’t hot, it wasn’t cold, and it was early enough in the season that hardly anybody was there.

We practically had the whole cabin area to ourselves.  We only saw one car in front of another cabin a little bit away, and we never saw the 2-legses even once.  (Mom said they must have been honeymooners.)

That was really great for me, because I got to run around the whole cabin area without a leash.

I didn’t even have to ask to go off the balcony to pee if Mom and Sammy were out there or just inside with the door open.

And me and Mom could play frisbee everywhere, just like we owned the place!

Mom’s friend Sammy is now my friend too

Mom and Sammy met a long time ago when they were teamed up in a social dance class (when Mom was a freshman in college and was trying to get out of gym), but I hadn’t met him at all before he came to get us.

I haven’t met a bad 2-legs yet, but some of them don’t like little dogs all that much (and Sammy has a CAT!), so all I could do was trust Mom and cross my paws.

I had nothing to worry about – he was great – played with me and talked to me, and even cuddled. No wonder my Mom has kept in contact with him for almost 50 years! And now we’re best friends too.

I hope you loved hearing about our trip and seeing the pictures as much as I loved sharing it with you. Wouldn’t it be GREAT if next time we could all meet there, fill up those cabins and talk and play all day and into the night?

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127 Responses to TinkerToy’s Trip to the Woods

  1. Tina Frisco says:

    Aww, TinkerToy, what a great getaway! You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful and thoughtful mom. Now you have a ton of new and beautiful memories, not to mention a new friend. And yes, it would be terrific for all of us to meet there, fill up the cabins, and talk and play all day and into the night. I’m with you, sport! 🙂 Sending some pets and cuddles 💖

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    • Thanks a bunch for reading about my vacation, Tina, but would it be rude of me to suggest that you save the cuddles for when we actually meet and send over some treats meanwhile? (Mom says yes so I’m hitting send NOW)
      Woof! TINK

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      • Tina Frisco says:

        Tink, you’re a pooch after my own heart! 💖

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        • Mom says that’s why I relate to people better than dogs — but dogs guard their treats and people often share – with dogs anyway (Mom says not so much with other people these days!)
          Woof! TINK

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  2. K E Garland says:

    Looks like a great and accessible vacation spot!

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    • It was – and is – that’s why there are so many details included. Also inexpensive, btw.

      Tink says thanks for reading.
      xx,
      mgh

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  3. dgkaye says:

    Wow, what a beautiful getaway! Those falls are spectacular, and I loved the banjo music playing through the cabin tour. So awesome! 🙂 xx

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    • I smiled at the banjo as well, Debby. especially since the cabin itself wasn’t the rustic experience one usually equates with the words “log cabin.” 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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      • dgkaye says:

        Lol, I’ve got Dueling Banjos in my head! 🙂 xx

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        • And now you’ve infected me! 🙂
          xx,
          mgh

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          • dgkaye says:

            🙂 xx

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  4. mistermuse says:

    I’ve been to both Cumberland and Niagara. The latter may be more ‘awesome,’ but Cumberland is definitely more scenic, as your beautiful pix attest. Thanks for bringing about memories of my decades-ago Cumberland visit.

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    • You’re welcome Muse – I’m so glad you got a chance to see this in person. Mom went to Niagara some time ago (before I was born) and she agrees with your comment. Better places for dogs to explore too, she says. Thanks for reading about my vacation.
      Woof! TINK

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  5. What a beautiful place, Madelyn, and such a wonderful holiday. I am so glad you took some time off with Tink and Sam and had a good time. Life is short and to be enjoyed.

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    • Thank you, Robbie. It was much needed – I had no idea HOW much until we got away. I returned determined to spend less time online and more enjoying my private life in the future – even if it means a change in what I do. Thanks for supporting my decision with this comment.
      xx,
      mgh

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  6. daisymae2017 says:

    Beautiful Pictures.

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    • It was a beautiful place. I didn’t take the photos, however – I’m not a good photographer AT ALL – lol – unlike you.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • daisymae2017 says:

        I’m going to try to help with the poll. Here goes nothing. There are 2 ways that might help and they are go to my Archives and then select April 2017 or use the Permalink which is: https://daisymae2017.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/what-would-make-…to-blogging-site/
        I hope this helps. I will be adding the permalink since the poll link is still not working. thanks for telling me. thanks for the compliment. Some photos were taken by me, some by my sisters and/or their kids and then some by our trail camera.

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        • I’ll leave this for my readers, but I don’t have time for polls like this myself. I’m SLAMMED!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • daisymae2017 says:

            Archives, April 2017, Go to April 26.

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            • I hope you get enough response to your poll to make it meaningful.

              You DO realize you are asking extremely busy bloggers to add to their day to help you market to them, right?

              There are MUCH better ways to get known and found – have you enrolled in WordPress-101 yet?
              xx, mgh

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            • daisymae2017 says:

              No I haven’t. What’s the cost?

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            • I believe it is free. Check with WordPress.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • daisymae2017 says:

              Thanks.

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            • You’re welcome.
              xx, mgh

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      • daisymae2017 says:

        The best way to vote is go to Archives then April 2017. It’s April 26th not 25th. But that’s the best way.

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        • Got it. Like I said, I don’t have time for poll-participation, but I wish you the best of luck with yours.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • daisymae2017 says:

            I’ll need it.

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            • Keep posting original content (i.e., more than reblogs), and interact with the blogs of folks who are likely to be interested in YOU because you show interest in THEM, not because you asked them to help your statistics.

              Blogging is about community, sharing and educating, not numbers of likes and followers. Paradoxically, they will come when you spend time on the other.

              Hope this helps.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • daisymae2017 says:

              That means a lot coming from you an experienced blogger. Thanks for the ideas.

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            • You’re very welcome. Thanks for being open to them.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • daisymae2017 says:

              Sure. Feel free to give me any ideas or thoughts what I can do better.

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            • Share your interests – the best advice EVER!
              xx,
              mgh

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            • daisymae2017 says:

              Thanks.

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            • You,re very welcome. Onward and upward!
              xx,
              mgh

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            • daisymae2017 says:

              That’s right

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  7. lwbut says:

    Can see why you and your Mom and Sammy had a wonderful time there Tink! Cumberland falls and lodge look magical. If i ever make it to your part of the world ( if they let me in! 😉 ) i must be sure to stop by for a visit – i love walking along riverbanks and watching waterfalls 🙂
    Best woofy wishes to you and pass them on to Mom for me please 🙂

    love.

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    • If they let you in, indeed (and it IS the unbelievably hateful “they” – not me or Tinker!) – although we would much rather check out the beauty at your patch of our world these days, my friend. Sounds like a good port in our current storm, and I’ll just bet there are some beautiful riverbanks and waterfalls there as well.

      These ARE well worth seeing, however, if you ever do make it to America.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • lwbut says:

        I do appreciate the current regime does not represent the feelings of the majority of Americans and that their actions are by no means endorsed by all. 🙂

        I do feel blessed to have a safer harbour from the winds of political change here than i seem to see in the US right now and yes, we do have some beautiful, untouched as well as some tourist friendly riverbanks and waterfalls here, although i think probably none that match Cumberland for sheer majesty. While Australia would welcome you warmly, im sure Madelyn we are a bit Trumpish about those foreign four-legses! (Sorry Tink – not my doing).

        Our quarantine laws (to prevent introduction of rabies and other viruses) mean all dogs coming here have to stay in prison for a month before they can walk freely along our riverbanks.

        love.

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        • Mom and I wondered about the dog laws, Love and we both thank you for letting us know. She would never put me in quarantine for a month, so I guess we won’t be able to visit you, even if Mom won the lottery and could travel away from a Republican America for the rest of her days.

          At least your country doesn’t want to quarantine the people – or build walls to keep them from coming in altogether. America’s current regime is pretty nuts where that is concerned.

          We don’t agree that policies like those proposed by that guy with the orange face make America particularly great! We think they’re embarrassing us all over the world.
          Woof! TINK

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  8. Thank you so much Tink. You are an awesome blogger. I enjoyed seeing your holiday retreat and I hope you all get a return visit. Happy weekend 😎😎😎

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    • Happy weekend to you too. I’m glad you enjoyed checking out my vacation.
      Woof! TINK

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  9. Wendy says:

    Sounds like a grand trip!! I’m so glad you were able to go. You deserved it.

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    • Thanks, Wendy. As I said in a comment on another post, I wish you could have been with us.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Wendy says:

        Me too!!

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        • In our dreams, perhaps – or maybe some day?
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Wendy says:

            Some day. ♡♡

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            • Praying for that for you, Wendy, whether we ever get together or not.
              xx,
              mgh

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  10. Hey Tink, it looks like you had a fabulous time at a fantastic place – we are so happy for you!
    Meows and purrs, Beba and Barmalei

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    • Thanks guys. We saw a few people there with bigger dogs, but Mom said it was a REALLY perfect place to go with a ten pound dog – especially since her goal was to relax. And guess what? One night the lodge had liver on it’s buffet and I got to have some. I’d never had pure liver before, so I was very excited to taste it for real. Yummie!
      Woof! TINK

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      • What a place – wow! We are so happy for your, dear friend!
        Meows and purrs, Beba and Barmalei

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        • You guys would LOVE all the smells – but I bet your mom would miss her KoolKosherKitchen and you would miss those smells.
          Woof! TINK

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          • She makes a kosher kitchen anywhere she goes, like on the boat, or even in hotel rooms, but we are generally homebodies – not traveling kind, sorry!

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            • Wow – kosher in a hotel room sounds difficult to me. Easier on the boat, probably since, unlike hotel rooms, it doesn’t change from place to place.

              Mom loves to travel, but complains that when she can justify the funds she rarely has the time – and vice versa. I don’t care where we are as long as we are together – but I do LOVE exploring and, especially, new smells.
              Woof! TINK

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            • If you carry your own utensils, nothing changes. And hotel rooms, contrary to the boat, have a steady supply of water and electricity.
              The correlation of funds and time is quite logical: when one is busy, funds are increasing, and more time availability usually means not enough earnings.
              Enjoy your exploring any time you have a chance, dear Tink!

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            • Wow – if Mom had to pack dishes too we’d never get out the door! She had a hard enough time getting her clothes and my stuff ready to go.
              Woof! TINK

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            • It looks like She is a very experienced traveler, but we are never allowed in the room when she is! packing.
              Beba, talk about yourself! YOU are not allowed because you jump inside suitcases and mess up clothes!
              Frrr! Mrrrr! I don’t want them to go! If I don’t let them pack, maybe they won’t go!
              Silly girl! If they need to go, they go. Anyway Tink, it looks like you had yourself a feast of smells on your vacation, you lucky guy! We are happy that you and your Mom had a good time!

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            • Your scrapping is so funny! I know you’re really best buds. I did have a smell-feast, thanks – and today we walked all the way to the little commercial strip to listen to some outdoor music. Mom spilled her banana berry smoothie, and guess who got to lap it up!

              And in just a few minutes we are meeting some of my fans at the Cheers bar down the street – bonfire time! (Mom calls it a firepit – and we like it because the music can sometimes get loud inside).

              Life is grrrrreat! for this little Shih Tzu!
              Woof! TINK

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            • All this sounds like soooo much fun! We don’t really like fire, but tonight was a bonfire party for humans (Jewish humans, that is), and tomorrow there are bonfire parties everywhere all day – it’s a holiday, they say. Not a Mothers day holiday, which is also tomorrow, but no bonfires for that one, only more roses – yummy roses!
              Beba, you’re not supposed to munch on her roses, you know!
              Frrrr!
              Sorry, Tink, I have to watch after my sister, you know!
              Good night, buddy, enjoy your outings!

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            • Bonfire parties everywhere? That sounds like a super holiday. Do you let non-Jewish dogs come too? And my Mom, of course. I think we need to visit your Mom’s blog to see if she has some special bonfire recipes and stories to share. We have just a bit of energy left before bedtime — it was an early morning rising and a busy day, so Mom is making us go to bed earlier than usual, since we were out much later than we meant to be.
              Woof! TINK

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            • Of course we let non-Jewish dogs, and cats, and humans join the party! The more, the merrier! And of course, there is a recipe, right here: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/light-the-bonfire-of-love-with-chocolate-logs/
              Get your rest and enjoy your busy day tomorrow!
              Meows and purrs!

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            • Thanks for leaving my readers the link – wonderful post that I hope they will take the time to visit. It had been a full day that began earlier than I usually must awaken. My lids were drooping or I might have done it myself.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • I get a sense that you are very busy, and I truly hope it’s good busy!

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            • Thank you, Dolly, I appreciate your concern.

              I am and will be spending more time away from the computer while I continue to noodle more than a few things that getting away gave me time to think about. Although I truly enjoy blogging (and all it entails), it has been time consuming, and the resulting lack of balance in my life must be addressed.

              I need to spend less time online and more in my own life if I want to avoid burn-out’s precipice in the future. I hadn’t realized how close to that edge I was moving until I simply stopped for a few days.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • I am glad that you had this time to stop, re-think, and re-evaluate. We all need those emotional and cognitive retreats once in a while. Whatever you do, I am sure you will excel in it, and I wish you success! Tink is there to provide inspiration.

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            • Thank you, Dolly. I really appreciate your support as I retrench.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Very welcome!

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  11. What a beautiful getaway spot! Thanks for sharing the video and stills. I live just 1.5 hours from Niagara – and my mother was born there (Canadian side) – so I can relate to your descriptions of the falls and the rainbows.

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    • Many years ago, my middle brother married an upstate NY girl and their wedding was very near Niagara (American side), so I got a chance to see the falls from both sides while we were there. So beautiful. Even though it was a warm and relatively calm day, wind-wise, we did get a bit damp from the spray. It is hard to imagine how much spray that falls of that size can create until you are there. Beautiful spot and unique memories.

      Do you visit once in a while?
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Glad you’ve been up here to see Niagara, Madelyn. We used to go every summer when the kids were small. Anne and I would spend the odd ‘getaway weekend’ at Niagara, but the crowds bothered us. Now, we visit the gorgeous little town just down the road about 20 minutes – Niagara-On-The-Lake. Great shops and the Shaw Theatre – and flowers to die for! Two hundred years ago it was the Capital of Upper Canada (now Ontario) for a brief period – before the Capital was moved to Toronto. The entire Niagara region is gorgeous!

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        • I agree – beautiful countryside. I’m sure I would prefer Niagara-On-The-Lake as well, since I don’t imagine the tourist trade slows down much nearer to the falls, even in the winter. Working on my BA in theatre, I spent many summers performing in a tourist town nearby (Gatlinburg, TN), and I got my fill of the “I’m with stupid” t-shirt types. 🙂

          Also, although I am a big city girl at heart, when I need to relax it is never with a crowd.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Yes, I’m sure you’d adore Niagara-On-The-Lake and their theatre offerings. They have the main Shaw Theatre + a few smaller venues. The town is a popular tourist area in the summer – especially with Americans who can enjoy the $ benefits of a low Canadian dollar.

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            • Canadian theatre is excellent, in my experience. LOVED the Stratford Festival and our time in the town, years ago now.

              When I lived in NYC, a beau and I spent a week there as part of a longer trip to upstate NY to spend time with his parents. WONDERFUL memories.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Ah yes, Stratford – home of Justin Bieber and just a 30 minute drive from us in Waterloo. We subscribe to a Little Theatre group in the area – their quality is great and prices are doable. Stratford has priced itself out of my tolerance range. Beautiful town!

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            • Well, every town has it’s renegades – lol. 🙂

              Theatre has gotten expensive almost everywhere anymore (hasn’t everything?!). I wish all theatres would give away unsold seats at curtain, with seniors and theatre students given priority. Never understood why they don’t. Why go up with anything but a full house?

              It sure sounds like you guys are ideally located. Wish I were there (especially NOW!) How’s your climate?
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Spring is still struggling – we’re supposed to see temps in the 70s F starting this weekend. C’mon up, Madelyn!

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            • Be careful what you wish for – lol!

              Spring is struggling here too. I suppose we’ll slam into the dreaded summer heat ere long, so I can’t complain about having to wear a sweater for warmth in practically the middle of May.

              Tink and I went to his Cheers Bar last night and sat huddled around the firepit outside. We generally join the conversation there anyway (the music in the bar itself is pretty loud), but last nite it was chilly enough that the warmth was actually needed! We came back smelling like our woodsy Cabin – which was an unexpected delight.
              xx,
              mgh

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  12. robjodiefilogomo says:

    It’s so good to get away for awhile!! What a fun trip!!
    I think the mental vacation is priceless—I need that soon!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    • Yes! I needed to just get away from the day-to-day that had been going on for so long without a break — energy IN vs. energy out. This was the perfect way to do it.

      It’s probably the first time I’ve returned from a trip calm and centered (vs. needing a vacation to recover from the activity of my vacation). Priceless. And it was great catching up with Sammy face to face. It had been many years that we had been keeping in touch only by phone. Although I do enjoy my own company, it is always better to have someone dear with whom to share the experience and the memories.
      xx,
      mgh

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  13. Rae Longest says:

    I feel like I went with you. Thanks for taking me along.

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    • WOW, Rae, that just what I wanted to hear. Thank you so much.
      Woof! TINK

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  14. -Eugenia says:

    What a lovely place to explore. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

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    • Thanks for taking you time to explore the post, Eugenia. It WAS an adventure for me — but Mom would say it was the perfect place for her to just relax and drop some stress.
      Woof! TINK

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  15. Clive says:

    A lovely break, and a beautifully written story by a very talented pet 😊

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    • Thanks, Clive. Dogs can do a lot more than you think! 🙂
      Woof! TINK

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      • Clive says:

        I’ve already got a cat that writes among the blogs I follow so it’s good to redress the balance 😉

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        • Come back and leave us a link to your kitty’s latest post. We fur-bloggers need to stick together as much as the 2-legsers.
          Woof! TINK

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          • Clive says:

            Ask your mum, Tink, I’m sure she must already follow it too! In case not, it’s https://aroundzuzusbarn.com 😊

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            • I think Mom does follow you already (I’ll make her check to make sure) – but she misses posts all the time, no matter how much time she spends on her computer, so thanks for the link. Whenever you see one of my posts, feel free to let my readers know what you are writing too, okay?
              Woof! TINK

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  16. Looks amazing!

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    • It really was. I had a ball and Mom got to chill. Perfect!
      Woof! TINK

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  17. This place looks so beautiful Tink and Madelyn. What a place to encounter peace and quiet and gather ones thoughts away from the fray of life. Sam sounds like a nice man and we hope to hear more about the three of you. We are going to have to place this on our list of places to go for sure.

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    • Found you in the spam trash – quickly digging through over 500 in the past 2-weeks alone (which is why I rarely take the time to check before deleting). Glad I did THIS time! Thanks for the feedback, and so sorry your comment has been languishing for so long.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Sam IS a nice man – I’ve known him for many decades now, but it seems like only a year or two ago that we first met in a Social Dance class at The University of Tennessee (when I was a freshman and we both were using this class to get out of gym). He was also the best friend of the love of my life, so we spent many a day together in TN. We caught up again when I was driving thru on my way from NOLA to NYC, and he made a trip up there as well (and subsequently took my bestie Cindi and I to Hawaii!!!) We both went to Vegas for Cin’s wedding (he was living in LA by then). GREAT trip!

      When I moved from NYC to K-town, we reconnected again and spent holidays together, along with other fun times, and one hateful one when he helped me move from my apt. to a beautiful Italianate Colonial house I was hoping to buy on a lease/purchase (but God had other plans). – lol. Then he got sick and almost died several times waiting for a kidney transplant. He’s *finally* doing well again – tho’ anti-rejection drugs are never fun.

      It was great catching up in person once again – but who knows how long it will be before we get to do it next. We would both like to check out Cumberland Falls again in the fall – cross fingers.

      I think you guys would enjoy the surrounds, but I know nothing about the campground other than what I’ve read online. We didn’t make it over there during this trip, so I may have to read about it on YOUR blog!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Sam sounds like a great guy and when you have that friendship base to build upon it makes it even better. Life is so precious isn’t it. Sam probably didn’t see his situation coming and there it was. We have and are learning to smile and be joyful from morning till night knowing everything can change in a moment. The biggest thing is to laugh always at ourselves and not sweat the small stuff which these days is a lot of stuff, lol.

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        • Actually, he did anticipate the probability, just not the timing. His mother died from PKD and it’s genetic. (Polycystic Kidney Disease).

          Sam has always been one of those people who truly loves life, grateful for every day since getting away from his dreadfully abusive father – more so NOW than ever. He would be the first to agree with your last sentence, “The biggest thing is to laugh always at ourselves and not sweat the small stuff which these days is a lot of stuff, lol.”
          xx,
          mgh

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          • We are sure Sam, like so many that have had life whisked away and then returned, knows what is truly important in life. We need to learn from them. I know I have.

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            • That realization has hit me hard a couple of times in my life. Most days I am able to focus on what is truly important (i.e. I get the bear – some days the bear gets me – lol)
              xx,
              mgh

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            • 🙂

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  18. GP Cox says:

    Great recommendation, Madelyn.

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    • Thanks, GP. I do recommend it (and wanted to give enough details for anyone who needs a break as much as I did to know what was available there), but I also wanted to respond to the many comments and answer the many people who were curious about our “cabin” get away. Glad you enjoyed it – thanks for reading & commenting.
      xx,
      mgh

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  19. darsword says:

    Thanks for sharing your vacation with all of us! What a beautiful place to stay! Your souls must be soaring now! I need to teach my mom to play frisbee! Kali

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    • Kali, you really do — frisbee is the BEST. I have special ones for dogs with little mouths, but I bet you guys could do ANY of them. Mom says she loves it because I get to run my little legs off without wearing her out!
      Woof! TINK

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      • darsword says:

        I’ll make sure Mom looks into the small mouth ones. I know I wear her out so something that gets my energies going without needing to pick her up off the ground works for both of us! 🙂 Kali

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        • It’s my very favorite game – and Mom likes it too. I get to run and she doesn’t have to – and frisbees don’t get lost like balls.

          Do you already know how to play fetch? We started playing that game with my toys in the house first (not balls so much because they kept rolling under the furniture – my mouth is tiny so the balls are small too).

          My frisbees are fabric encircled by a squishy ring [plastic?] that is also covered in fabric (won’t damage teeth) – a bright watermelon pink in the center, edged by bright green, so they is easy to see in the grass. Washable – by hand. Mom got them on Amazon.

          I have two sizes – one small and one medium (but the difference is the diameter, not the part I can bite). Mom throws one and when I bring it back and drop it she throws the other. The little one is easy – I have to work a bit to keep from tripping over the bigger one, but that’s part of the fun.
          Woof! TINK

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  20. Sue Vincent says:

    Looks wonderful 🙂

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    • Great for critters of all numbers of legs. Ani would have had a ball and you would have felt a ton better too. So peaceful (and different from the beautiful places you show us on your blog). We both want you to be back to your energizer bunny status real soon. Thanks for stopping by.
      Woof! TINK

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      • Sue Vincent says:

        Thanks, both of you. At present, the battery is flat 😉 xx

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        • I hate reading that, Sue, but it will pass. Meanwhile, a good day is when you can get out of bed!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Sue Vincent says:

            No choice on that one… there is still work xx

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            • And thank God for that, actually, or maybe you’d stay in bed until it passes – which would only lengthen the malaise.

              Sending white light for rapid healing – physical and emotional.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Sue Vincent says:

              Thank you 🙂 x

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            • 🙂 Always.
              xx,
              mgh (and TinkerToy)

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  21. Wow Madelyn I simply adored this awesome post of your little Tinker and such a marvelous place and Niagara Falls must be really great. A heaven on earth place it looked like. So nice to relax and enjoy. Great post.

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    • Mom and I are very glad you loved my post about our trip, Kamal. We had a WONDERFUL time – and Mom is a whole new person after getting some time to relax.
      Woof! TINK

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      • Wow am so pleased for your mom little Tink and you too have a wonderful day with her and her friend and have a happy day and be cheerful always. My Amber too sends her love to all of you’ll. Woof, Woof.

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        • Puppy kisses to Amber – and to you, too, Kamal.
          Woof! TINK

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          • Welcome and thanks Tink

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            • G’nite from this side of the world, Kamal. Have a wonderful day.
              Woof! TINK

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            • Good night dearies.

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            • lol – it’s already morning now here, so good nite to you, sweet Kamal.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Good morning dear Madelyn and Tink

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            • It is so incredible to be in touch with someone on the other side of the world! Are you getting ready for bed now? I am still drinking coffee and clearing the cobwebs.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes as it is 11.30pm our side and since tomorrow Saturday is a holiday we can relax and sleep by 12. Ya it sure is to have friends on the other side of the world too.

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            • I always sleep until 12 – lol – but I don’t ever go to bed before 3AM or later. I guess that’s why so many of my virtual friends don’t live on US time. Have a wonderful day off.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Thanks u too.

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  22. I love this place, it looks so peaceful and perfect for recharging our batteries ;o) the lodge is beautiful, with the fireplace it feels a little like home ;o)

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    • It IS, Phenny – I wish you could have been there with me.
      Woof! TINK

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