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From the Editor: For the Love of Cabins

The cabin life is filled with passion

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: July 27, 2012
Mark Johnson
Cabin Life Editor Mark R. Johnson
We human beings like to categorize things. We’ve all taken a trip through bookstores, whether brick-and-mortar or online, and seen all the magazines Über-categorized. At Amazon.com, you’ll find Cabin Life magazine in the home & shelter category. I’ve also heard Cabin Life referred to as an enthusiast magazine. Now that is a good category.
    It’s not just cabin owners that are very passionate about their cabins; the writers and other contributors featured in the pages of the October 2012 issue are just as excited about all things cabin. Take Greg Amundson and Nathan Good, the two experts featured in “The Ailing Cabin,” p. 40. Those two will talk your ear off about cabin planning, construction and renovation.
    And then there’s powersports writer Mark Boncher, who writes about ATVs on p. 28. On the weekends, you’ll likely find Boncher waterskiing or snowmobiling, depending on the season. This guy, who has an office down the hall from me, would ride an ATV from meeting to meeting if we’d just let him bring one into the building.
    David M. Ness is so enthusiastic about cabins he’s combined that passion with his day job as a lawyer. The result: He specializes in helping cabin owners with estate planning. Check out his article, “Passing Down the Beloved Family Retreat,” p. 34.
    And then there’s Associate Editor Kristin Sutter, who wrote about the Colorado cabin featured on p. 44. Earlier this year, she spent an entire Saturday testing hammocks for this magazine. Sure, she did it at her place where she has a great lake view, but it was a chilly 50°F spring day. Just chalk it up to one of those crazy things we’ll do for the love of cabins.
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