Buckeye Lake is close to where my
children, ex-husband and I lived
in the eighties. Lancaster, Ohio
is a bustling city in Fairfield
county. Two of my three
grown children were
born there. One of
my most humorous
stories of cows on our front
lawn while Carrie and Jamie stood
in front of our big picture window in
their “footie jammies!” I first called the
police, on their no emergency call’s #,
but eventually found out that we were
considered “county residents” so called
the Sheriff. He came to the door and
asked this “city girl” a pertinent
question: “Do you know who
owns these cows?!”
He then proceeded to take
off his Sheriff’s “cowboy hat”
which Jamie really wanted to know
if he could try if on? I never did ask the
kind Sheriff this question. Once all the
cows were “rounded up” by his able
waving and shouting such things as
“Whoa!” and “Come on, Bessy!”
Yes, he really did say this!
He had four cows on the road in
front of our little brick ranch.
Soon, he came knocking and
requesting use of my phone,
facilities and took my offer
of a hot cup of coffee.
When who we fondly
call, “Sheriff Dan”
and providing an hour
of lively entertainment,
he made a call:
“Hello, I am calling to say I
have the cows on Meadowbrook Lane
rounded up but unsure which farmer
is the owner. Could someone call the
two nearest farms on this part of
the county road? Please check
if missing four cows!”
Soon, a return call
came into my kitchen
that held news which direction
the cows needed to be heading home.
In those days, over thirty years ago,
my two oldest kids were five and
three. They like to remember
places like Rising Park with
it’s cliff and challenging
climb and overlook.
Buckeye Lake has an
island with these
which are like those
Venus flytraps, remains
of unique plantings which
only once a year can you pay
to go to see, study and learn about
this specific island environment.
Thanks to my friend, Anna, who
used to work at the warehouse
with me, for some splendid
photographs of Buckeye Lake.
Once I went to an awesome
day long music festival there.
A “jewel” of many in Ohio,
a great destination place.
Enjoy the boathouse and