** I wrote this post while we were up north at the cabin for Thanksgiving**
Today is a gorgeous day here at the cabin. The skies are clear and the sun is shining. So, I thought it would be a good day to walk around and take some pictures.
Let me give you a little history. In 1964 my grandparents bought 40 acres in Northern Michigan. This acreage is quite literally in the middle of the woods. You would have a hard time finding this place. Even now that with some small dirt roads, it’s tricky to find. That summer, my grandparents and my parents came up here with campers and started to build the cabin. The original cabin was built and many additions have been added throughout the years. The original structure was framed out with the trees that were cut down to make room for the cabin. They are still there.
The cabin originally had a huge beautiful rock fireplace. However, it basically was collapsing (about 20 years ago) so, it was taken out and the living room was increased in size. We have gone through several different wood stoves over the years, this is the current one. And this is the sole heating for the cabin.
I could not get clear pictures inside the cabin to save my life! There are just two many bodies in there and I kept getting bumped. Anyway, this large wood burning stove kicks out a ton of heat.as you can see, we always have a old pot of water sitting on top to help add moisture to the air.
Back to walking around the outside.
Okay, I had to add this picture because this is what you see all over the ground here. I should be picking these, drying them and selling them! They are much prettier than the ones you buy at the craft stores!
This contraption is leaning over but, it is a heavy welded grill to stake into a campfire. My brother made one for each of us. It is the best way to cook over a campfire. Once you stake it in you can swivel it to where ever you want.
Looking at the back of the cabin. You can see where a large kitchen was added on to the cabin by the different color shingles (right side). And I will have you know, Troy and I redid that roof one summer, just the two of us. Oh, that is a whole other story!
This is an old lean to shed that my grandpa and dad built way back when they first built the cabin. They need someplace to keep their tools. tractor, firewood and lumber. Corners have collapsed and just been rebuilt for the years. My dad wants to build a pole barn soon.
Yes, that is what you think it is. Although the cabin has indoor plumbing now, for many years, it did not. And, well,the guys still use this when they are out cleaning fish or whatever. To the right of the outhouse there is a path leading into the swamp and if you follow that path you come up to a good fishing lake.
This is looking out toward the driveway. Our drive is about 1/2 mile through the woods. Taking our travel trailer back there is always interesting. We barely clear the trees. It is just a two rut type drive.
This cabin is filled with wonderful memories. It is a place that you can let down your hair and truly relax and get away from the every day stresses. It is the most peaceful place I can think of. And, although my grandparents have passed, I feel them at the cabin. Everywhere I look I can see them and that brings joy to my heart.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day!
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