Tuesday, July 31, 2007

At the cabin

We are at the cabin. My parents designed the cabin and started building it in 1960. My Dad did most of the work himself, with friends helping. As kids we helped peel logs and pounded a few nails, but mostly we stayed out of the way as the big logs were swung into place. It is two hours from Pocatello, so we spent a lot of weekends, first working on the building, then years and years of family get-aways, thousands of great meals, countless card games and jigsaw puzzles and afternoon naps and hikes to pick berries. To say this is a special place does not begin to describe it. It is, in so many ways, our parents' legacy and where we most strongly feel their spirit.

Here's the view of the lake from the front porch.

Inside. The decor will never be featured in Architectural Digest, but it is comfortable and personal.

I made that quilt years ago as a sample for my shop. Its pine tree motif seemed to fit here. It has faded over the years.

The big project for this trip is to replace the roof. Very scary prospect. Here are my brother Steve, now the cabin's owner, and my guys, Ray and Andy, working on the scaffolding/platform they will work from. I'm a little nervous about this job. Keep your fingers crossed!


  1. Lovely, lovely cabin! I am envious.

  2. I love the family cabin! We have one too. After my parents died 3 and 4 yrs ago, it became really difficult for me to go up (I am too emotional). I "inherited" it, but I decided to hand it over to my brother since he enjoyed puttering around with the upkeep. We still go up there like always, but now I don't have the stress of feeling like I have to.

    Ours was built in the 40's, and started with my grandparents. We now have running water, so that was an exciting improvement :-)

    The one thing I love about it, is the many photographic opportunities it hands to me.

  3. Anonymous8:29 AM

    I love cabins like this. It makes me get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about the cabins of my past!! Keep an eye on those guys - or maybe not!

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