When I was a senior in high school my parents bought a few acres at Cliffview near the Red River Gorge. I can remember the weekend, they came home from a camping trip all smiles and said they had a surprise. They bought two acres and were building a cabin! I was just glad the surprise wasn’t a pregnancy, I like being the youngest!
It was a long process. Every weekend. Driving two hours, sleeping in a camper, clearing brush, building fires, pouring foundation, hanging drywall, and on and on and on. It seemed never ending. And it kinda never did end. If you know my parents at all, they love projects. Even after the cabin was livable, which is what most people consider “done”, my dad always found a project. Finishing the basement, re-finishing the basement and adding a climbing wall, building a stone grill, stone entrance pillars, iron gate, stone path from the porch to the trail, ect. ect. But every touch was worth it. They ended up naming it “The Dutch Treat”, being that my mom is Dutch and all.
This place is home to so many precious memories. The Mr. and I, before we were Mr. and Mrs. snuck away from the group and took a little mule ride to “talk” hehehe. What seemed to be endless hikes (some with no water because the guys knew a “short cut”), off-roading, mafia around the fire, swims in the lake, pizza from Miguels, naps on the couch, worship around the fire, worship in the cabin with the wonderful acoustics, delicious meals, and on and on and on. And maybe my favorite, watching my kids enjoy the fruits of my family’s (mainly mom and dad) labor. I really think they could throw rocks into the pond for 5 hours straight. They love it here!
We have been blessed for 13 years to be able to take a long weekend, or a short one, and come down by ourselves or with a group of friends, and enjoy each other, nature and relax. A few months ago my parents decided to sell their little cabin in the woods. It is bittersweet. I know that is it great timing. I know that this place will bless another family as it has ours. But I am going to miss it. It feels like an extension of my home, because we built and shared it as a family. Goodbye The Dutch Treat, thanks for all the good times!
If you were able to stay at the Dutch Treat, what are some of your favorite memories?