Monday, July 6, 2009

The Cabin

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."  
~William Shakespeare

Here in the Northwest part of America, we don't have a lot of things. There are no palm trees nor warm oceans to swim. It can rain a lot and sometimes it feels as though winter will never end. People who have never been 'round these parts think that we all live in the woods, wear flannel and drink double tall soy lattes with extra foam. (Well...the latte part is true - but that doesn't matter...moving on.) But what some people don't realize that for everything the NW may lack, it makes up for it with things like this:

These photos were all taken this past weekend in Washington State where my Dad and Step-Mom have a cabin. Since they bought the little weekend retreat about 4 years ago, we have spent every 4th of July there. It is about an hour and a half drive North from Portland where we live and during the hot summer months, you can pretty much guarantee some member of my family is up there every weekend. 

There is the cabin itself with my 18 year old brother's oh-so-super-duper red pick-up and my cousin's Saab. (SIDE NOTE: if you have an 18 year old son, probably not the best idea in the world to give him a red pick-up. I won't go into details...but the last thing a hormonal boy needs is something that basically functions as a portable bed.) 

This is the inside of the cabin taken from the front door. There are three bedrooms total with a loft, 2 bathrooms and plenty of space to run-a-muck. I would show you more pictures of the inside, but as I was about to snap more photos, I realized that our dog, Maddie, was madly barking at some poor people walking by and I had to deal with that. Then I forgot about taking more photos and headed to the water. Oh well. 

As you leave the cabin and walk to the water, it looks like this. This is really the NW in full swing. We have trees and greenery everywhere and it is one of the things that I missed the most when I was living in LA. 

Almost there...just walk a few feet further...

...and you come upon this. It is stunning and I never, ever, EVER get tired of this view. This area is usually packed full of families and dogs with kids screaming and having a great time. There are no rules here other than have fun and don't let your dogs poop in the water. Our dog did that once. In front of a little kid wading on the shallow beach. It wasn't very nice. Now that I think about it, perhaps she was the reason for the rule. 

In this picture you can see a mountain in the background. Anybody want to guess which famous mountain this is? Bueller? Bueller? It is Mt. Saint Helens. That's right - our pristine little home away from home sits at the bottom of an active volcano. It's all good though. If she ever decides to blow again, all available science says that she will blow in the opposite direction. Let's hope they are right. 

Every 4th of July, all of the residents of this little cabin community come to the waters edge to watch the fireworks display over the lake. It is really beautiful and it is hard not to feel content watching the amazing colors dazzle in the sky with the stunning mountains in the background. The only thing missing this year was my darling Dan who, as many of you know is over in England as we patiently wait for our visa to come through so we can get married. But I won't launch into that now. I just wish he had been there. Next year my darling!  

Ah yes...the cabin. I love it. 

Some day I will be able to bring my little ones here and I hope to be visiting this place for many, many years to come. 

There are even see-saws! How rad is that? 

I hope that you all had a wonderful 4th of July and that you all have a place you can go and to just forget about all of the pressures of every day life - whether it be a park or the coast or even your own backyard. 

Have a good one!


  1. Gotta love the good old Northwest! It never gets old, Ive tried out the south and its not for me...not to say the military wouldnt send us again.

  2. What a gorgeous, gorgeous place! Wowza! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! (and thanks for the tip about 18 year old boys and red trucks...point noted...)



  4. I tagged you today. :)

  5. What a beautiful place and cabin!
    Awww... a see-saw. I haven't seen one in ages, likely due to people getting hurt when one person got off suddenly. OUCH!

  6. hi there- love that you shared these pics! i have been on your blog for only 5 minutes and already i know something new: no one ever told me that dogs poop in the water. i plan on putting samson in the tub tonight and testing this theory out.


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