Tales from the Cabin

Writers who love the cabin lifestyle share their personal stories about the places that help them get away from it all.

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To fall in love with a cabin, sometimes you have to “test drive” it
Story & photos by Lauri Paulson
Cabin location: McFarland Lake, Minn.
Published: October 22, 2014
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An off-grid sanctuary lures people and wildlife alike
Story & photos by Bernard H. Yantz
Cabin location: St. Joseph Island, Ontario
Published: October 22, 2014
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When hunting for the perfect retreat, location trumps all
Story & photos by Jay & Pam McClure
Cabin location: Sevierville, Tenn.
Published: October 1, 2014
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Enter your pictures in our exciting, new contest!

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: September 30, 2014
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Getting the cabin you want without breaking the bank
Story & photos by Jean Barbara
Cabin location: Wells, N.Y.
Published: August 1, 2014
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Travel, chain saws, pickled herring & more

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: July 21, 2014
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When it comes to cabins and kids, fathers love both
Published: June 12, 2014
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Keeping memories alive, for the love of it

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: June 5, 2014
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Inheriting a passion for cabins and cottages
Story by Karen Geneau • Photos by Michael Chapman
Cabin location: Cook County, Minn.
Published: June 1, 2014
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Cabins differ, but cabin goers have a lot in common

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 1, 2014
California cabin tree house forest kids
A love for tree houses is handed down from mother to son
Story & photos by Diane Jacobson
Cabin location: Camp Connell, Calif.
Published: May 1, 2014
Minnesota log cabin Rainy Lake
Living the dream in an unexpected place
Story by Diane Bradley • Photos by Jeff Kantor
Cabin location: Rainy Lake, Minn.
Published: May 1, 2014
Washington Puget Sound cabin fire pit
Cabin visits may be routine, but they never get old
Story by Casey Anderson • Photos by Beth Ann Warner
Cabin location: Port Ludlow, Wash.
Published: April 1, 2014
Ohio Toad Hollow cabin hillside
Musings from a cabin tucked into the side of a hill
Story & photos by Mary & Charles Kay
Cabin location: Akron, Ohio
Published: April 1, 2014
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What ignited your passion for cabin or cottage living?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 20, 2014
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Hunting night crawlers with Grandma

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 1, 2014
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A remote retreat proves to be a diamond in the rough
Story & photos by Brent McNabb
Cabin location: Door County, Wis.
Published: March 1, 2014
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For this family, all roads lead to a cottage on Mirror Lake
Story & photos by Jeanette Dilley
Cabin location: Liberty, Mich.
Published: March 1, 2014
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Sometimes, interacting with fellow cabiners is like “déjà vu all over again”

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 4, 2014
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A renovated A-frame welcomes many to the lake
Story & photos by Wendy Venoit
Cabin location: Winchendon, Mass.
Published: February 1, 2014
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Even when you’re not there, the cabin is an escape
Story & photos by Beth Nease
Cabin location: Buckeye, W.V.
Published: February 1, 2014
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Your Cabin Life editors want to hear from you!

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: January 1, 2014
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What's your favorite activity at your cottage, cabin, lakehome or camp?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 7, 2013
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A poem about a chance encounter during a Christmas Eve fishing outing
By Larry Whiteley
Published: October 4, 2013
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Spreading Halloween cheer with plastic pumpkins
Published: July 26, 2013
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Lesson learned: Never underestimate the creativity of a cabin owner

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: June 11, 2013
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Do you have a bucket list? If so, how many of your goals are centered on cabin living?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 21, 2013
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With children and grandchildren at our side, we can rediscover the pure joy and wonder of cabin living

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 22, 2013
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When it comes to recycling, the ultimate is repurposing an entire cabin

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 22, 2013
Tammy Trayer off-grid homestead cabin
Living simply on a wilderness homestead

Story by Tammy Trayer
Cabin location: Northern Idaho
Published: February 1, 2013
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Artifacts lend authenticity to this Wisconsin cabin
By Emily Hare
Published: January 18, 2013
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The passion for cabins, cottage, lakehomes & camps stretches far and wide

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: January 18, 2013
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A family travels across the country to become self-sufficient on a northern Idaho homestead
By Tammy Trayer
Published: December 14, 2012
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A recipe that will keep your cabin neighbors coming back for more!
Published: December 14, 2012
Mark Johnson

In the February 2013 issue of Cabin Life, you’ll find a lot of great surprises

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: December 14, 2012
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The holidays are the time to connect with those we love, and what better place than at the cabin?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 5, 2012
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One man’s passion brings Christmas cheer to believers everywhere
By Emily Hare
Published: October 5, 2012
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The cabin life is filled with passion

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: July 27, 2012
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Whether it’s the Nifty Nook or Sally’s Place, the cabin is a place to connect

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: June 4, 2012
Is it possible to go overboard?
By Emily Hare
Published: June 1, 2012
Sucker Lake Adirondack cabin
Blending past and present in a small lake cabin

Story & photos by Lisa Hogan
Cabin location: Oswegatchie, N.Y.
Published: June 1, 2012
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How do you like your cabin living?
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 4, 2012
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Compiled by Emily Hare
Published: April 27, 2012
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It's time to celebrate some our favorite summer cabin traditions
Published: April 20, 2012
More reader-submitted photos of sunrises and sunsets
By Emily Hare
Published: March 23, 2012
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When nature calls late at night, beware the broken lamp switch
By Paul Sullivan
Published: February 29, 2012
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For a quiet retreat, I thank my father-in-law

Story & photos by Judy Larson
Cabin location: Little Lake, Mich.
Published: February 1, 2012
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Living the dream full time might not be so dreamy
By Steve Umland
Published: February 1, 2012
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Cabin memories are made ... and relived

Story & photos by Mary Beth Lagerborg
Cabin location: Grand Lake, Colo.
Published: February 1, 2012
Published: January 20, 2012
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A peaceful retreat enhances an artist's work

Story & photos by Anna Rose Bain
Cabin location: Hayward, Wis.
Published: January 20, 2012
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A memory born of necessity
By Mike Wilkus
Published: December 16, 2011
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How I learned to love our camp year-round

Story and photos by Kathy Slovic, Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Corinth, N.Y.
Published: October 7, 2011
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A cabin helps raise a boy
Story and photos by Jonathan Erickson, Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Lake Five, Mich.
Published: October 7, 2011
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What do you get the friend who has everything?
By Paul Sullivan
Published: October 7, 2011
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Combining two loves: the cabin & the grandkids
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: October 7, 2011
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Story and photos by Annis Pratt, Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Birmingham, Mich.
Published: September 9, 2011
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Story and photo by Stephanie Sauve, owner and Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Avon, N.Y.
Published: September 9, 2011
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Adventures in the cabin rental world
By Paul Sullivan
Published: September 9, 2011
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Is working from your getaway right for you?
By Jeff Wozer
Published: September 9, 2011
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Fireworks on and off the water

By Paul Sullivan
Published: June 6, 2011
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For this couple, weekends at their Arkansas retreat are for swimming, cycling and running


By Deb Spencer
Published: June 6, 2011
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Keepin’ it Comfy

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: April 28, 2011
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Mrs. Murray's Typewriter
By Paul Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2011
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Reflections, Moments & Memories

By Joe Brandmeier
Published: April 28, 2011
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Green Dream on the Lake


Owners: Jeff & Deb Spencer

Location: Beaver Lake, Ozark Mountains, Ark.

Published: April 1, 2011
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A beautiful garden and the battles with wildlife that come with it

By Jeff Wozer
Published: March 24, 2011
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Delicious Southern staples made easy
By John Bäck
Published: March 24, 2011
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Man’s best friend plays matchmaker


By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 24, 2011
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Organization envy rears its ugly head at the cabin

By Paul Sullivan
Published: February 17, 2011
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Sometimes memories trump money

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: February 17, 2011
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A Very Funny Video-worthy Moment


By Dan Armitage
Published: January 20, 2011
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Carving out a space for what matters

By Paul Sullivan
Published: January 20, 2011
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A couple celebrates 60 years of wedded bliss by renewing their vows at the cabin

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: December 17, 2010
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A man meets some big-shouldered friends in the warm Florida waters

By Paul Sullivan
Published: December 17, 2010
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A little magical intervention helps one man remember to live in the moment
By Paul Sullivan
Published: November 8, 2010
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No good deed goes unpunished
By Paul Sullivan
Published: August 20, 2010
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The office that paddles together, stays together

By Paul Sullivan
Published: June 18, 2010
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How do you rate your day at the cabin?

By Mike Wilkus
Published: May 14, 2010
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A man accustomed to room service heads into the wild    

By Paul Sullivan
Published: May 14, 2010
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Trying to plan perfection
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: April 16, 2010
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Four fisherman battle nature – and one massive muskie

By Paul Sullivan
Published: April 16, 2010
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A big, relaxing mistake

By Mike Lein
Published: March 26, 2010
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Sometimes the Price is Right
By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 26, 2010
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Sometimes the price is right

By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 16, 2010
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A cabin lover learns to relax

By Kay H Campbell
Published: February 27, 2010
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By Paul Hassing
Published: January 27, 2010

It's good to get away

By Robyn Roehm Cannon
Published: November 1, 2009

Weaving one whopper of a tale

By Paul Sullivan
Published: November 1, 2009

A weekend, a summer, a life packed full of fun

By Andy Bennett
Published: September 1, 2009
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A cabin kid falls for a townie

By Paul Sullivan
Published: September 1, 2009

The boat ramp claims another victim

By Paul Sullivan
Published: July 1, 2009
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Let your compass — not your stomach — be your guide

By Paul Sullivan
Published: May 1, 2009
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A guided tour through one man's life — via his lures

By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 1, 2009
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A back to the future getaway

By Robin Washington
Published: February 1, 2009
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A pup's best friend? The family getaway.

By M Portugue
Published: September 1, 2008
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You can lead a relative to water, but can you make them ski?

By Deb Mallin
Published: June 1, 2008
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Some of us are lucky; some are just lucky enough

By Paul Sullivan
Published: June 1, 2008
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Some of us have a special talent for doing absolutely nothing
By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 1, 2008
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A mother’s legacy for her daughters

By Gina Chiodi Grensing
Published: March 1, 2008
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NOW makes memories to cherish LATER

By Scott Stowell
Published: December 1, 2007
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Do wildfire sprinkler systems work? Wow; do they ever!

By Lars F
Published: September 1, 2007
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... and out there in elsewhere

By Paul Sullivan
Published: September 1, 2007
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Catch of the day is a big surprise

By Paul Sullivan
Published: July 1, 2007
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By Lars F
Published: July 1, 2007
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It’s more than just getting there
By Ernest Lorensson
Published: July 1, 2007
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This cabin owner’s obsessions run far afield
By Lars F
Published: June 1, 2007
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Grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn grandma’s natural wisdom
By Jeff Forester
Published: June 1, 2007
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It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it
By Sean Michael Bradley
Published: June 1, 2007
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By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: May 1, 2007
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By Sue Sondreal
Published: May 1, 2007
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By I Scott MacKellar
Published: April 1, 2007
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When your getaway gets YOU
By Madelyn Sergel
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Michele Price
Published: February 1, 2007
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Are your family get-togethers like this one?
By Lars F
Published: December 1, 2006
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When a 16-year-old city girl gets stuck at the cabin
By Elizabeth Atkinson
Published: December 1, 2006
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“What do you do?”

By Kristi Portugue
Published: December 1, 2006
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One woman’s harrowing tale

By Deb Mallin
Published: December 1, 2006
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Published: October 1, 2006
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Where everyone knows my name
By Andy Nygren
Published: October 1, 2006
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Cabin commerce can be the best kind

By Jon Huth
Published: October 1, 2006
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How a devoted mom got over her squeamishness and learned to love blue plastic deli containers

By Deb Mallin
Published: August 1, 2006
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By Lars F
Published: August 1, 2006
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Published: June 1, 2006
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How I plan to keep the cabin in the family

By Lars F
Published: June 1, 2006
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Why I Love It and Why I’m Bound for ESPN
By Amos
Published: June 1, 2006
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A run takes many surprising turns

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: June 1, 2006
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What would it take to get some decent water?

By Lars F
Published: May 1, 2006
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Torn between two loves
By Dave Kelley
Published: May 1, 2006
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By Lars F
Published: April 1, 2006
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One man’s quest to find his dream place in the mountains

By Elliott Brack
Published: April 1, 2006
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A fishing hole’s magic never goes away

By Jay Wrolstad
Published: April 1, 2006
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It’s where I would rather be

By Lars F
Published: March 1, 2006
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The answer is probably in your DNA

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 1, 2006
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Lessons learned from a mighty bird

By Sean Michael Bradley
Published: March 1, 2006
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Enjoying the cabin in cold weather? You bet!
By Lars F
Published: February 1, 2006
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It was a chance to impress my potential in-laws. Would I blow it?

By Richard Coduri
Published: February 1, 2006
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What’s keeping me from ditching the logs and switching to gas?

By Lars F
Published: December 1, 2005
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Our hard-earned holiday trip was worth it
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: December 1, 2005
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When technology calls, my family clamors

By Lars F
Published: October 1, 2005
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By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: October 1, 2005
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Logging is not a learn-as-you-go skill

By Lars F
Published: August 1, 2005
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The shark shower!
By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: August 1, 2005
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A morning of mayhem

By Nancy Cain
Published: August 1, 2005
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Every weekend can be a mini-reunion

By Lars F
Published: June 1, 2005
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Money can’t buy memories like these

By Mike Lein
Published: June 1, 2005
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Should I serve?

By Lars F
Published: May 1, 2005
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It was our long-overdue visit to the family cabin that miraculously turned our marriage around.
By Annie Scott
Published: May 1, 2005
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Work is never done (and neither is play) when there’s a puppy at the cabin

By Lars F
Published: April 1, 2005
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This is one of those moments when you should just tell the truth
By Sean Michael Bradley
Published: April 1, 2005
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Little did I know when I built that deck that it would become the scene of a great mystery.

 
By Rodney P Stearns
Published: February 1, 2005
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What happens when a hot tub is left defenseless in midwinter?

By Lars F
Published: February 1, 2005
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One person’s junk mail is another’s escapism

By Lars F
Published: December 1, 2004
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What if Celebrity Poker games were held at the cabin?

By Dave Kelley
Published: December 1, 2004
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By Lars F
Published: October 1, 2004
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An introduction to the art of by-the-seat-of-your-pants storytelling
By Andrew Nygren
Published: September 1, 2001
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