If you looked at the title of this post, you might think it’s political. It’s not. Yesterday, my wife and I bought a cabin in the Northwoods of Minnesota. We bought it from my uncles who bought it from my grandfather’s best friend. It’s not like this was something novel. I have been going to the same place in the woods since around 1975, and this cabin had been there since the 1960s. We love it up there. We are woods and water people.
My grandfather was in the US Forest Service. He built the cabin next door. That’s where they summered. They wintered in Minneapolis.
The lake is a wilderness lake. That means no water skiing or jet skiing. Kayaks, sailboats, and canoes are cool. If you want a boat with a motor, it’s no bigger than a 9 horse. Some of the pontoons on the lake have bigger ones, but not much bigger.
The cabin doesn’t have running water-except for a spring up on the hill. It doesn’t have electricity or internet. We do have solar power, and we might figure out ways to increase that. The stove and refrigerator run on propane. We are going run regular electric and internet in. Interestingly, on this lake they have fiber internet! Cell service is pretty poor there though. I think there was a time and a place to be totally unplugged, but not anymore. We won’t be putting a television in it.
Here is the view right outside our window. I took this the other day. There is a beaver swimming in front of our place.
The cabin needs a small amount of rehab. That’s our next thing to do. Over the last couple of days we have been skimming websites like Ikea. I hate Ikea, purely because putting the furniture together is such a pain. My wife loves it. I am gearing up for lots of frustration.
Why Ikea? Because their stuff is compact to carry. It’s cheap. The place we bought is only a summer place. Summer in this part of the world runs from around the first of June to the middle of September. The mosquitoes and black flies rule the summer too. But, the best donut shop in the world is there so it makes up for it. Plus, we are 9 hours away in Chicago so getting up there isn’t exactly a snap.
I was gearing up for frustration, then I saw this article in the WSJ. The secret to assembling Ikea furniture without losing my sanity. I am sharing the link in case you have the same frustration. When kids go to college or people get first apartments, a lot of time Ikea is the place.
The tiny house is in vogue. We will see what we can do with this one.
Just for good measure, here is the Cascade River. A few seconds of calm. Yes, you can catch trout here.
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Ironically, here is a photo of a Fay Peck painting that hangs in our office.