Tales from the Cabin

Gimme Shelter

Adventures in the cabin rental world
By Paul Sullivan
Published: September 9, 2011
It’s said that God never closes a cabin door without opening another one. Or something like that.
     Passing the offices of the Wenatchee World newspaper in Washington State, I said to my wife, Pat, “Pull over. Let’s put an ad in the paper and try to rent a summer cabin. We can’t roam around the West forever.”
    Three months earlier, we had sold our house in the city and our cabin with 40 acres of woods in the coulees of the Minnesota River Valley. Then we quit our city jobs to start a mid-life adventure somewhere in the West, preferably with mountains and trout streams.
    In the newspaper office, I wrote out our ad: “Homeless vagabond couple seeks interesting shelter. Lakes, rivers, mountains, okay. Returning from Europe April 1.”
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