Happy hump day! I can’t believe this week is only half over. It hasn’t been a good one.
We got home from the lake on Saturday, unpacked and vegged out on the couch because that’s really all we had the energy for. We woke up Sunday morning to find that the pump that brings the water up from our well had crapped out. So we spent all day finding/picking up/installing a new pump. It was gross and expensive. Then on Monday, the dryer died. Mr. B’s appliance-repairman uncle came yesterday and determined that it was beyond repair. Freakin’ awesome. So I am now researching and hunting down a new dryer that doesn’t cost a million dollars but will last longer than 3 years. Can anyone recommend a good gas dryer? I will love you forever if you can point me in the right direction because I’m clueless.
Anywhooo, let’s pretend I’m still on vacation. Because really, we never should have come home.
Ten of us spent a week at a lake house in Clarksville, VA on Kerr Lake, which is also known as Buggs Island Lake. Kerr Lake is a huge man-made reservoir with 800 miles of shoreline that covers more than 50,000 acres. It straddles Virginia and North Carolina. Clarksville is the tiny, adorable town on the water. We had amazing weather, it was sunny and 90+ every day, with only one passing thundershower, and the water was 80 degrees. We really couldn’t have asked for better boating weather. I didn’t use my beach towel all week; it was so hot that it felt good to air dry. I love warm weather, so I was a happy camper.
Ok, now that we’ve got those boring details out of the way, here are some pictures:
The beautiful house we rented.
It looked much bigger from the back. Isn’t that deck amazing?!
There was a short, wooded path to a private dock. It was so pretty!
The lake was high, so we had to wade to the dock. It was less of a pain in the ass than I’d imagined. Plus, the water level dropped as the week went on, so by the time we left it wasn’t even knee-high.
The house was situated on a wildlife reserve, so we had this bald eagle as a neighbor. We could watch him from the dock, it was pretty awesome.
There was a small orchard down the road, complete with grape vines, pear trees, and what we can only assume is a homemade lawn ornament.
The town of Clarksville is so quaint and cute. This is a view of it from the water.
It’s even cute at night.
This old tobacco warehouse in the middle of town is now used as boat storage in the off-season. (Sidenote: it looks like my dad is acting as a tour guide here, but I think he was just pointing to the liquor store next door.)
This cute little antique store was run by the sweetest old lady, who was probably older than most of the treasures she sold.
We found an amazing little B&B/restaurant/wine bar where we had dinner on the patio. If you ever visit Clarksville, you have to stop at Cooper’s Landing. The food was delish, the service was excellent, and the patio was gorgeous.
Every year near the end of July, Clarksville hosts Lakefest. Here, everyone is gathering in the thrift store parking lot to enjoy some live music and carnival food.
There is even a little carnival for Lakefest. Without exaggeration, this is the entire thing.
And obviously, since this was a family vacation, we had to take the requisite matching-shirt-family-photo.
We had a great time exploring the little town, but we spent most of our time on the lake. Come back tomorrow to see all the fun we had on the water 🙂