Oak Mountain State Park: The Cabin


Where: Oak Mountain State Park (Pelham, AL)

Who: The Whole Clan

When: March 15-18, 2013

During our recent trip to the Birmingham area, we stayed a pleasant three nights in Cabin 4 at Oak Mountain State Park. Even though it’s still early in the season, we were lucky to get a reservation. This was a spur-of-the-moment trip, and I didn’t call the park until around four days before we planned to go up there. Fortunately for us, someone had canceled a day earlier, so there was one cabin available.

I know, I know, it’s not much to look at from the outside, but the inside was comfortable enough. A big living area included a couch and TV (with satellite network) on one side and kitchen and dining on the other. One bedroom had a king-sized bed, and the other had two doubles. The occupancy limit was six people, but we assumed that Son #5 (age 1) would not count against that. The kids slept three-and-two in the two doubles. The one bathroom proved a bit of an inconvenience, but we made it work.

St-Patrick-feastWe cooked a total of six meals in the cabin: two breakfasts, a lunch, and three suppers. Most of it was fairly simple, like a big chicken pot pie we picked up at Costco Saturday afternoon that gave us enough leftovers for Sunday lunch, too. For me, the highlight was a St. Patrick’s Day supper featuring corned beef brisket and shamrock-shaped ravioli. The meal was a triumph in that everyone except Son #4 (age 3) ate it without hesitation.

The view from the cabin wasn’t too shabby. Each cabin was equipped with several paddles and life jackets for use with boats on the shore. We saw several people take advantage of the good weather to hit the lake, but it wasn’t quite warm enough for us to do it. Here’s Son #4 triumphantly brandishing his pretend sword. As you may well imagine, there was some serious dueling going on lakeside each morning.


We have no cable or satellite TV service at our house. An unexpected benefit for us on this trip was the chance to watch HGTV’s House Hunters and House Hunters International, neither of which I’d ever seen before. One of our dreams is to own a home overseas someday, so it was fun to see what kind of things people were encountering in their searches. We also got to see Duck Dynasty  for the first time. Ordinarily, I never would have thought to watch it, but some of the stars will be making an appearance at my university later this month, so I gave it a try. It is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

I’ve got lots more to share from this trip. See you soon!


2 Responses to “Oak Mountain State Park: The Cabin”

  1. Untemplater says:

    Ah I was wondering what those yellow and green things were. That’s a nice looking cabin. Glad you had a fun trip. House Hunters Intl is a fun show. I like seeing the prices and layouts of flats in Paris and some of the bungalows in South America.

    • Dr. Jewell says:

      Prices on the European houses and flats are outrageously expensive, at least to someone who lives in the American South. It’s fun to watch, though!

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