It's the campfires. That's the draw for me when we pack our truck to head “up north”. On most Friday nights throughout the year, you will find my husband and I driving 4 ½ hours to spend a weekend at our off-grid cabin in the woods.
Searching for the Perfect Cabin
Twelve years ago, we decided it was time to purchase hunting land. When we drove down a winding, tree-lined drive and saw the cabi— it felt like we belonged. This twelve-acre plot is surrounded by the Superior National Forest
and has no neighbors for five miles. It didn't hurt that within ten minutes we could be on seven different lakes with our canoe or fishing boat. Hunting, canoeing, fishing
and a campfire ring? We were smitten.
A priority during the cabin-hunting process was that it had to be move-in-ready with the least amount of maintenance needed. This one fit the bill. The cabin is the size of a double garage with the main floor featuring a kitchen, fireplace, wood-fired sauna with shower and a bedroom. A ladder brings you up into a sleeping loft. We insulated and paneled the outhouse. Two years ago, we added-on an oversized double garage
. We built a bunk room that sleeps three in a back corner. These upgrades allowed our camp to comfortably sleep nine.
Cabin Water Systems
The water system always intrigues guests. We have a deep 225' well, with the pump and pressure tank in the inside the well for year-round water. From the hydrant, we connect a hose to the outside spigot and fill to a 55-gallon drum enclosed in the loft. Water gravity feeds to the kitchen sink and the shower in the sauna. The waste water
from the sink drains into a gray water system. During the winter, a five-gallon pail collects waste water. For showers, when the water system is blown out, we have a solar shower bag we hang in the sauna. Voila—We have showers year-round!
Family Fun at the Cabin
Our grandkids have joined in on the family fun at the cabin. What a thrill to introduce them to our woods! Four wheeling and geocaching
are two of their favorite activities.
Our purchase started with the need for hunting land, but the bonus was being located near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
. It’s a favorite summer camping spot for our family. In the winter, the family enjoys snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice fishing. After a day of snowshoeing in the BWCA, we relax in the sauna and head to the campfire. No words need be said around a winter fire under a blanket of stars that are blinking just for you. The warmth of the flame reassures you that all is right in the world.
See also The Little Cabin in the Woods