We have been wanting to get out and explore some natural wonders of Ohio and I’m so glad we chose Burr Oak!
We haven’t gone on a real trip in so long.
There have been significant obstacles to our traveling these last few years: various unexpected expenses, sprained ankles and a broken leg!, COVID restrictions, my husband’s retirement and new job, extracurricular classes, my son’s elite baseball schedule, and my teen’s part-time job.
While waiting for a time of calm, I realized I just had to jump at a weekend that looked somewhat open and have my people ask off work for a few days.
We rented a cabin at Burr Oak National Park.
My husband actually called them to book the reservation after I had trouble with their online site. They have lots of deals for veterans and teachers and we got a free night for staying three nights. There are fun packages too.
We drove through Hocking Hills and hit three major sites on the way to our cabin.
The cabins are newly remodeled and worked fine for us.
One bedroom with a queen bed and another bedroom with two bunk sets. The one bathroom was small but it worked out. We never have enough towels and there was nowhere to really hang them.
There’s a lovely screened in back porch with a little cast iron bistro table and two chairs and I ate my breakfast our there every morning.
We brought some basics to make meals just like we eat at home. I brought my rice cooker, water cooker and teapot for tea, and my favorite frying pan and knives. My husband brought his pour-over for his coffee. We brought olive oil, an onion, minced garlic, butter, and salt, pepper, and Italian spice grinders. I now know to bring lemon juice next time. We missed it.
I packed coolers with marinated meats for the grill and zucchini from our garden. We had burgers and dogs with chips, Asian steak and rice, and chicken breasts with boiled potatoes.
We brought room temp farm eggs from our egg lady, bacon and sausage, and pancake mix for breakfasts.
The kitchen was ok. I don’t mind hand washing dishes. The stove and oven worked great. There weren’t any spatulas and we don’t like plastic cups. There was no bakeware so I had to buy some aluminum pans.
We went to the little Kroger in the nearby town of Glouster and bought sponges and cups and spatulas. We got fixings for sandwiches and salad and donuts.
We rented a pontoon and kayaks. Neither my kids nor my husband had ever been boating and they all loved it! They are first come, first served, so it’s best to get to the rental dock early. We got the last pontoon and kayaks our second day – whew!
The lake is lovely and easy to navigate for beginners. The lodge had a beautiful view from the deck and from the water.
We saw so many herons – blue and green! We saw ducks and turtles. The American lilies were in bloom. We even saw an osprey dive down for a fish!
Tori and I kayaked all over the lake, and then we met up with my husband and other two kids in the pontoon for lunch.
We were so tickled by this picnic table right in the lake by a tiny little sandy beach. It was a perfect spot to rest for a bit.
Akantha and Alex wanted to try the kayaks and they realized very quickly how much work it is!
We were all so excited to see the American water lilies in bloom. They smell heavenly and are a lovely source of food for their lotus pods with seeds, and their roots.
The lily pads are HUGE. Like humongous, some almost a yard across. They float but are attached to their tuber root down in the mud.
The white lilies have long stalks above the water.
The pink lilies have shorter stalks and there is another much smaller lily in among the big ones that might be a different species.
Tori caught the only fish from the pontoon, when we anchored near the lilies. She was proud of this catfish and I taught them how to remove it without getting stung – by wrapping him in a towel. He was a feisty bugger.
I used to fish from boats and shore at Lake Allatoona every summer with my Aunt Betty and she taught me everything she knew.
Our last evening, we fished off the little dock by the lodge and Alex caught fish after fish – all little ones but he was so happy!
While we ate our dinners in our cabin, I took the kids to the lodge restaurant for cake after dinner and we got to enjoy the view and sunset. There’s a full bar and the bartender is just lovely. The wait staff gets a little overwhelmed. The menu has pizza and barbecue and apparently a lovely breakfast bar on weekends.
We enjoyed our short time at Burr Oak and it was a lovely respite after COVID restrictions and isolation and a last hurrah before the hustle and bustle of autumn.
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