Things to Do

Outdoors

  • The pond is safe for swimming at your own risk.
  • Life preservers (for both children and adults) and noodles are in the log shed. Please use them for your own safety.
  • There is a clothes-drying rack in the log shed so you can hang up your towels and suits to dry.
  • We have also provided you with beach towels for use outside. They are located right at the utility door. Please do not use the cabin bath towels outdoors.
  • There are fishing poles and tackle on the front porch.
  • You can get live bait from the Helmsburg General Store or The Dollar General store in Bean Blossom, both just minutes away.
  • There are bass, bluegill and some catfish in the pond. Please release whatever you catch.
  • If you should lose or damage any equipment, please let us know, so we can repair/replace it.
  • We strongly recommend that when fishing on the dock that especially children wear life preservers in case they should accidentally fall of the dock while fishing.
  • Take a spin around the pond with the family in our paddle boat. It is a great way to get some exercise and some sun at the same time. The front seats are adjustable, are cushioned and recline if you just want to just kick back and get some sun while floating on the pond.
  • We have provided you with a large grill to take full advantage of cooking out during your stay at Blue Bird Log Cabin making it even more enjoyable. 
  • Please only use charcoal in the grill.
  • The hiking trails are easy and suitable for both smaller children and adults.
  • Look for the bright red flags for entry points to the trails and all along the trails (so you will not get lost).
  • There are some unique, homemade walking sticks right by the front door for your hikes.
  • When you hike, do not just walk, engage all your senses and listen and feel and look around. There is so much to enliven your senses in the woods.
  • There is a hammock on the other side of the pond available for your use.
  • We cannot guarantee the maximum weight limit of the hammock, so use them carefully.
  • On the front porch you will find a homemade ice cream maker. 
  • You can either crank it by hand the old-fashioned way or you can use the electric crank. 
  • There is nothing better than homemade ice cream any time of year. Enjoy.
  • There is an abundance of wildlife to see.
  • A pair of binoculars are hanging by the triple window facing the pond.
  • There are also a host of field guides in the bookcase to help you identify the wildlife and the plant life on the property. There is so much to see and to enjoy.
  • Outdoor games are all found in the log shed behind the cabin.

    • Croquet dates back to 1852 and was originally called “Crooky.”Our set dates back to the early 1900s.
    • Horseshoes (Quoits) had its origins in the Grecian Olympics and was a very popular game with the Union Soldiers during the Civil War and by 1910 the first international horseshoe competition was held in Bronson, Kansas.
    • Cornhole, dates back to the 1880s in Cincinnati, was initially called Quoits (same name as for horseshoes), and later became known as Faba Baga before eventually becoming known as Cornhole.
    • Checkers (front porch) may be the oldest game of all dating back to 3,000 BC in Iraq, 1400 BC in Egypt. In 1847, America awarded the first international Checkers championship. Notice that the checkers are all stamped with the Blue Bird logo. The checkers and the rockers and table were handmade for the Blue Bird Cabin by a small, family owned business in Tennessee out of whiskey barrel staves.
    • Bocce Ball was first documented in 5200 B.C. with an Egyptian tomb painting that depicted two boys playing. The game spread throughout the Middle Easter and Asia, where it was eventually adopted by the Greeks and passed on to the Romans.