Ahh! The agony and the ecstasy of that first weekend at the cabin. Does the boat still run? Is the plumbing OK? Are the baby ducks hatched yet? Veteran cottager Diane Forrest recalls what cabins are all about.
Testing the Water
Nymphs are good. Algae blooms are bad. But how do you know whether your lake water measures up? Science writer Sharon Moen explains how to monitor and improve your lake water.
If you'd rather spend your days at the cabin enjoying your garden, not combating it...read this. Green-thumber Lynda Twardowski outlines how to make native plants and mulches do most of the work.
The Dock: Come Muck or High Water
Roll-in, cantilever or floating deck? Strong current, rocky shoreline or severe ice? If you're replacing an old dock or buying a dock for the first time, check out your physical environs before you shop.
Things just keep getting better and better. Like the pan that cooks by itself. Or the grill that calls you at the dock when dinner's ready. Here are 10 gizmos, gadgets and thingamabobs that make cabin cooking easier.
From the Dock
Let the Season Begin! Time to get on the road to the cabin.
Letters from Cabin Life, Cabin Living readers.
Cabin Clips & Quips
Cool Stuff: Cabin Humor. Book Shelf. Star-friendly lights. Outboard motors. Lumber alert. Photo Album.
Questions & Answers
Can codes, saunas, weedy lakes and log cabin chinking.
Living With Cabinitis
Heavy Lifting: What some guys will do to avoid climbing a steep hill!
The Amazing Dock Spider: He can't swim, but he can walk on water.
The Inspired Shed: When clutter takes over, it's time to consider a shed.
The Grill Master
Slather, Smear, Sizzle and Sear: Salmon rules on a flaming cedar plank.
A Moveable Feast
Loafing Around: Leftover bread? No problem. Here's to the wonder of bread. Savory bread pudding, anyone?
Sports & Recreation
The Rhythm of Rowing: As good for the body as it is for the soul.
Fun & Games
Two-Way Radios: How do we use them? Let us count the ways.
Eastern Finger Lakes, New York: Carved from the earth by the Great Spirit's hands, the Finger Lakes have provided escape for generations.
Doing Nothing: It takes some effort and a lot of patience to do absolutely nothing — and do it well.
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