Mark R. Johnson, Editor
Home state: Minnesota
Family: Carol (wife, 25 great years); Cole (son); Loren (son); Krysta (daughter-in-law)
Ideal pet: A well-bred mutt, preferably a Labrador retriever mixed with another good bird dog
Education: University of Minnesota; University of Arizona
Years in the publishing biz: 23
Favorite thing about living & working in Wisconsin: The passion this state has for the Green Bay Packers and the cabin lifestyle is fantastic, and when you combine the two – heaven on earth.
Favorite cabin activity: Swimming or kayaking with my wife (closely followed by riding my mountain bike)
Favorite things to eat at the cabin: Pancakes in the morning; a steak on the grill in the evening
Earliest cabin memory: I remember at about 4-5 years old, I’d fall asleep in the bow of my grandfather’s runabout during every boat ride.
Other interests: Long-distance cycling; wilderness camping, hiking and canoeing with my wife and kids; listening to great audio books with my wife while traveling to the cabin; cheering on the Golden Gopher basketball and football teams
As a kid growing up in Minnesota, Arizona and Alabama, I was very fortunate to have cabins and outdoor activities in my life. In Minnesota, my maternal grandparents had a cabin in the Brainerd Lakes region, and my paternal grandparents rented cabins in the Arrowhead region. In Arizona, I camped with my uncles in the White Mountains. And in northeastern Alabama, my stepdad introduced me to largemouth bass fishing. To top it all off, I enjoyed some great years as a Boy Scout (I didn’t earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank, but my sons both did). Those formative experiences, plus 3 years working on the University of Minnesota Daily newspaper and 10 years working in publishing, primed me for my role with Cabin Life magazine. I’ve been very fortunate to edit Cabin Life for 12 years now. I can relate very well to Thomas Edison, who said, “I’ve never worked a day in my life. It was all fun.”