Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mountain Creek Cabins

Sarah and Jeff gave us a gift in July for our 41st wedding anniversary. It was for a two night stay at Mountain Creek Cabins. We left for the cabin on Monday, October 13th. What a glorious few days - the fall colors were at their peak iin the mountains!

Mountain Creek Cabins are owned by Mark and Shelia Jenkins. They built the cabins on the original family farm. They are located in the wilds of Preston County and easily accessible from I-68.

Our cabin, Black Bear, was situated by a bubbling creek that snaked down the mountain.

The cabins are supplied with all that one would need except for food. There is a gas fireplace for heat and a fully stocked kitchen. Our cabin could sleep four persons comfortably and a couch could make another sleeping area if needed. We loved the privacy of each cabin. The deck had a hot tub (which we used each evening) and a gas grill.

The trailing ground pine was forming it's spore structures.

Everywhere we looked the colors and smells of fall would greet us. This is one of the favorite times of year. What a blessing it is to be here!

The signs around the forest are interesting. The reason these signs were established is that Mark has created a Cougar Sanctuary on the premises. It is a non-profit corporation and is a great facility for injured and abused mountain lions.

There was a feline who followed me on a hike through the woods. Guess if one can not have a cougar then this gal is a good substitute. (Well, probably better - I know danger would be associated with me and a cougar as a hiking friend.)

Here are a few other shots of additional cabins. They have a total of six that are available for rent. Here is Caleb Cabin, names for Mark and Shelia's son. They have also a beautiful daughter (Yep, she has her cabin name also - Shawnee.).

Maple Leaf Cabin was located directly beside us. This cute cabin has a nice view of the stream from it's deck.

Are these the famous "cookies on a rock"?
Judy baked chocolate chip cookies. The first batch was burned slightly so we made a tower of cookies on a rock by the cabin. This was in the evening. The photo below shows you the same rock the next morning. I am certain the critters enjoyed the treats!

Tomorrow we will show you around the Mountain Lion Sanctuary.


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