It’s Not the Ocean

Joe Pool LakeThe view of Joe Pool Lake from our weekend perch was enhanced by the sound of waves lapping against the shore. Earlier in the weekend, winds of up to 30 miles per hour contributed to the formation of white caps, proving that even an otherwise placid body of water can be churned into a frenzy. On an earlier visit to this lake, we made a comment to another camper about the beauty of the sunset over the water. Her response, “Well, it’s not the ocean.” True enough. But it satisfies our desire to be near the water.

This was our second “weekender” in Cloud 9, and every moment in its comfy confines confirmed the rightness of our decision to purchase it. We arrived before dawn on Friday morning to get set up, so that, after work that day, all we had to do was drive to our “lake house” and commence with our weekend. Friday’s Date Night steak was grilled to perfection, accompanied by an almost creamy baked potato and charred asparagus. The highlight of the evening was a Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2011, a highly tannic, yet robust young red wine from the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy.

On Saturday, we made the first modification to the rig: We installed a knife magnet on the wall next to the stove. It required a trip to the hardware aisle at the local Walmart, the drilling of two holes, and a small cut to the installer’s pinky finger. But the result is not only an objet d’art but also a functional object worthy of a great home cook. Speaking of great home cooks, Chef Cliff made a magnificent coq au vin for dinner, complete with al dente crinkle-cut ribbon pasta and sweet peas. Now you know why we call this “glamping.”

Sunday morning found us lounging in bed with fresh-brewed coffee watching CBS Sunday Morning. Several long walks with the dogs provided ample exercise, while a couple of Bloody Marys added some spice to the morning. It should come as no surprise that the 2 p.m. check-out time was a moving target.

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