In the Bleak Midwinter

This week I went up to Elbow Lake where our cabin is. The snow was deep, fresh, clean, white, fluffy, and undisturbed. It stood about 18 inches tall on every horizontal surface. I went for a walk in the deafening silence and realized that 50 years ago this month I was on my first foray... Continue Reading →

It’s just another day

It was a dark and stormy night, and a rainy and windy dawn. I loaded my boat with things I am taking home to Iowa, as it will take many trips to get everything to my car. Crossing the lake, I thought to myself, "It is really windy today! " but since I was heading... Continue Reading →

A new-style grain bin

Several times in the last few weeks I have found pieces of dog food in my boots when I put them on in the morning. I figured either I dropped a piece into my cuff accidentally or Monkey the dog was a messy eater. This morning I put on a boot in the dark and... Continue Reading →

Foggy Bottom

I play the organ for Sunday morning services at a little Lutheran church an hour away from my cabin. As the fall progresses and the days get shorter, my departures for the 8:30 service becomes more and more light-impaired. A week ago I got down to my boat in the early dawn and realized it... Continue Reading →

Outhouse update

Sorry to leave you in the lurch concerning the progress of my outhouse. I finished the hole after about 12 hours of digging, spaced over a couple weeks. At that point I hit bedrock and decided the pit was deep enough at four and a half feet. It is about three and a half feet... Continue Reading →

Post from the pit

People ask me "What have you been doing since you finished the first leg of your epic voyage?" I am sure they are expecting an answer about something equally stimulating, deep, and long-lasting. And they are right!I spend my days (when I'm not working for the forest service) digging a hole. Each morning I wake... Continue Reading →

Visitors to the Summer Kitchen

Our cabin has a summer kitchen. That means it is screened-in but is in no way watertight or varmint-proof. I had been having some problems with what I thought were mice eating foodstuffs left on the counter. The confusing part was that the evidence the critters left behind was much larger than mouse poop. I... Continue Reading →

Bloody Moon

Usually, when there are astronomical wonders to behold in the night sky, I am fast asleep. I just can't make my self stay up late to look at something so chancey. But Sunday night I happened to awaken at 11:30 p.m., right at the predicted pinnacle of the lunar eclipse. I put on my bathrobe... Continue Reading →

The Forest Service

What does one do while stranded for weeks at the edge of a frozen lake? I have a part-time job with the US Forest Service in Cook, Minnesota. Because I am here in town and can't get to the cabin, I have been working full-time instead of part-time. I haven't worked  40 hour a week... Continue Reading →

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