About The Close
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Stillness characterizes daily heat and humidity along the Cumberland Plateau. As evening
approaches, the chorus of cicadas will be heard along with owls and
woodland rustling. Early summer storms give way to heat from mid July until September. And early morning and evening fragrances
permeate the surrounding woodlands and meadows, signaling all is ready for
Daytime temperatures range from the 80ís to mid 90ís and average
around 90. Night time temps will range in the 60ís but often settle in the
muggy 70's. Summer is still a great time to find a
shady cabin and write, journal, pray, read or rest in the mid day.
Evenings are generally cool enough to enjoy the lakes or hike
the surrounding trails.
Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels, Raccoons, Turkey, and other wildlife are active
during the nights and early mornings foraging in the abundance that may be
found. Bears occasionally visit the Close and surrounding woodlands. So, please, be
careful to take refuse to the dumpster. And, food should be sealed and stored within
We have prepared a bit of information to help you plan for your stay at
The Close during the summer:
Early Summer (Mid June - Mid July):
Wake up to fresh scents of the woodlands. It is a good time for cool
drinks, journalling, reading, study
and prayer. Tufted Titmouse and Goldfinch can still be spotted along the
woodland edges. Woodpeckers, Turkey, Hawks, and Owls can be
spotted as well. Remote areas on the Close and the National Forest are
not as accessible and, in fact, are not recommended due to the abundance
of snakes and biting insects. We ask that you still inform us when you plan to venture into the
Fog builds in the surrounding gorge in
the evenings, creeping into the saddle in the center of the Close and
settling for the nights. It is almost a nightly occurrence that
lasts well into September.
It is best to layer your clothing with
lightweight materials. Non-cotton
garments are recommended. A rain shell should be worn over your clothing
or, at least, carried with you.
Mid Summer (Mid July - Late August):
Daylight hours continue to lengthen and heat builds along the ridges.
Coves provide a respite. Yet, gnats and ticks can be pesky.
So, bring repellant. It is still a good time for
rest, reading, journalling and communion with Christ.
Late Summer (Late August - Late September):
Heat wanes. However, mid September brings occasional tidings of
cooler days. Morning
and evening fog blankets the ridge saddles and surrounding gorge until the
sun burns the moisture off the following day.
A Summer packing list should include: Socks, Boots, Dry
clothes for cabin wear, Hangers to hang wet clothes, Capalene or poly
layering garments, Cotton undergarments and outer garments can be worn but
tend to stay damp.
Remember a rain shell, food, zip lock bags, camera,
binoculars, blankets, sleeping bags, twin size bed linens, light clothes for
hot days, strong storage containers, drinking water, drink mixes,
Bible, journal, pencil, drawing supplies, note pad, and other items
specific to your goals on retreat.
Donít forget your insect repellent or dress to keep these pests away from