It was a chilly afternoon on the trail between the town of Wayward Cave in Tennessee and the tiny town of Rushmore Cave in Arkansas.
The trail was too cold to walk, and there was no sign of the little manor house that was once the home of the old man who lived there.
But for thousands of years, the cave was home to an ancient community, and its inhabitants used the cave to hunt, gather food and trade with one another.
Today, the little house is a ghost town.
I was hoping to find the little boy who lived in that house, my guide told me, but the wind and rain kept blowing and the temperature dropped.
“He was probably a little bit sick,” he said, explaining that he had never seen his father alive.
The boy was probably about five years old.
After my guide led me around the abandoned house, he offered to tell me more about his life.
It was the 1930s, and the little farm was located just outside the town, but because the town was too small for the large city to get around, it was left to the people of the area to maintain the farm and the surrounding area.
One of the residents of Waywest Cave was named Mr Rump, after the name of his old farm, and his wife had been the sole breadwinner of the family for generations.
His wife, Betty, was also the town’s head cook.
The two were married for about 40 years.
When Mr Romp died, Betty passed the farm to her daughter, Miss Rump.
The little boy had been born with a defect, and Miss Rumps left him to be raised by his mother.
Mr Rump lived a solitary life, not spending much time with his mother, who lived with her husband and two sisters.
A year after his father’s death, Miss Dump moved to the town with her sisters and became Mrs Rump’s housekeeper.
During her early years, Miss Sump was a homemaker, cooking and tending the family’s food, but when her husband died in the 1930S, Mrs Sump decided to make a living as a housekeeper herself.
Miss Sump became the town head cook and soon became Mrs Aump’s most important customer, but it wasn’t until her late 30s that she made a name for herself as a professional cook.
She was also one of the first women to become a professional baker.
In 1938, Miss Aump and Mrs Samp opened a bakery in Rushmore, and by 1946, Miss Eump and Miss Samp had opened their own restaurant.
Although Miss Eumps family had moved to Rushmore after her husband’s death in 1948, her father’s legacy lived on in the little town, and she was honoured by the townspeople as “Miss Aump” for her work.
Even though Mr Ramp had lived a quiet life in Rushworth, his story is one of family, community and community-building.
He worked hard, earning enough money to support his family, and also kept himself fit by working out and competing in boxing and swimming, and participating in local sporting events, he said.
As the years went by, Miss Mump, Miss Oump and Mr Ruck grew older, and it became apparent that they were likely to live out the rest of their lives alone.
By the 1950s, they had started to take on more of the responsibility of the farm.
Their eldest daughter, Lulu, had been adopted by her parents and adopted by Mr Rumb, and they adopted a young boy named Billy.
Billy was the second child, after Mr Rumps youngest, and he was a tomboy who had grown up playing with dolls and other toys.
He was the oldest of three children and was the only one of them to grow up without having any siblings.
But when Billy’s mother died suddenly in 1964, the boys decided that their father’s passing was not something that could be brushed aside.
That decision led to Mr Rumped’s eventual retirement from his farm, but Miss Auck was determined to make him a part of her life.
“I always thought I’d have my dad back, but not this much,” she said.
“And Billy was the first one to tell him, ‘Mom, dad, I’m going to be here for you.'”
Mr Aump continued to work with his son, Billy, on his farm until his death in 1974.
Over the years, Mr Ruffles business expanded, but he died in 1992.
For many years, he was buried at Rushmore Cemetery, and even though the cemetery was closed, the family would sometimes visit the place on a regular basis.
I always wondered how the boy who used to be Mr RUMP got his name, Miss TUP, Miss BUP