CLOUDLAND CABIN JOURNAL - December 2016
Cloudland Cabin Cam, December 6 - dark and wet
SLIDE SHOWS this next week -THURSDAY IN RUSSELLVILLE
- Sunday December 11th in Little Rock
DVD RECALL. We've learned that some of our new DVDs have a flaw and we want to replace them. If you got a copy at the Fayetteville Library show on November 27th, at the Conway Library show on November 29th, or during our Holiday Open House on November 26th, please contact us so we can send a replacement DVD (e-mail). The program freezes during the first song at the photo of the small orange mushrooms (if your copy makes it past this point your DVD is fine), but we want to replace all that were distributed during these two events just in case. (All other DVDs seem to be fine.)
Cloudland FOR SALE - see info here.
Print Of The Week SALE (photo above)
12/05/16 We've had great crowds for our programs these past three days in Springfield, at Bentonville, and in Rogers. One more show today in Dover and our mini-marathon will be complete. Then one of our largest programs on the year will be in Russellville this coming Thursday, and it will probably set a record for the COLDEST temp for a show, ha, ha!
Days and nights have been just spectacular out here in the wilderness this week, although it sounds like the deep freeze is headed our way. One thing I noticed last night - the COYOTES have returned. They've been the most prolific - and musical - we've ever known in the canyons below this fall, but all of that came to a halt during the wildfire. We didn't hear a single note of beautiful howling music until just last night - we think the pups left the area during the fire, but we are so glad they have returned.
We also heard (very rare), and Pam then later saw, a bobcat near the cabin a couple of nights ago. .
12/02/16 Growing up as a kid - and as a young adult too - I dreamed of living in a fire tower high in the Rocky Mountains in Montana and being a fire lookout for the forest service. Long days scanning the horizon for smoke, lazy nights under a blanket of zillions of stars with the girl of my daydreams. Well, I've been living out that fantasy for many years now in real time. From our log cabin deep in the wilderness we can see more than five miles in two different directions, plus more than a mile in a third direction. There's a lot of wild country within that view. Ever since the recent fire below the rim I've been spending more and more time on the back decks scanning the horizon - and the Buffalo River below. Not so much for fires, but just because this is the time of year when so many landscape features become visible after being hidden from view by leaves on the trees for the past six months. We can see individual giant sandstone boulder blocks several miles away, and I often wonder what it would be like sitting on top looking back. Hum, think I'll go investigate a few more of those distant boulders in the months to come.
In the meantime we have a pair of marathon slide program schedules coming up - beginning TODAY when we travel to four different towns in as many days - two shows in Springfield this afternoon, Bentonville tomorrow, Rogers on Sunday, and Dover on Monday. We'll have one big program in Russellville next week (plus and Open House); than go on another run with programs in Ft. Smith, Benton, Harrison, another Open House on the 17th, and our final program in Clarksville on December 19th. WHEW!!!
Our caretaker, cousin Joseph, moved out and went back home during the fire and Thanksgiving, but he has moved his little RV back in now and will be here until almost Christmas.
A quick note that we offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders right now, and Pam gets them out the door usually within 24 hours. Still PLENTY of time to fill your Christmas list - just tell us who to autograph books to and we'll ship directly to them if you like...
12/01/16 There was a faint glow along the eastern horizon as I stepped out into the chilly morning air. Dawn was happening, flooding the forest with golden light. Each tree seemed to be coming alive with a smile, and with the promise of a new day filled with sunshine! My steps were almost silent as I sunk into the wet leaves that covered the trail. We've had an-almost continuous leaf-fall for the past couple of weeks, and the forest floor is a deep carpet of leaves.
The air in my lungs was cooler than I thought - with just a little frigid edge to it. And then I realized - it IS December, one of my most favorite months of the year to be out wandering in the woods, so the air should be brisk. As brilliant sunshine struck my cheeks I leaned into the hill and picked up my pace - we will have to pick up our overall pace as this month speeds on past - we'll try to soak up as much as we can along the way. HAPPY DECEMBER TO YA!