Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Part Two~Cabin Fever!



I know that when Hubby told me about the cabin he mentioned "rustic", and I am certain that I remember hearing the words "no running water" and "dusty" and "outhouse", but for some reason I just wasn't prepared for what all that meant. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT a girly girl. I am NOT a frilly person. I grew up on a farm, and I have been tent camping many, many times in my life, but this was different. I suppose all my experience never took place in the driest, dustiest place on earth. Nor was it 30 degrees in the morning. NOR did I have a 2.5 year old when I did it. COLD, DIRTY, and ADVENTUROUS TODDLER added to NO RUNNING WATER....for some reason just doesn't appeal to me. Call me Crazy!

"Hello Crazy Lady!" See it isn't that hard.

Now I'm not saying we didn't have fun. We certainly did, but I am also not saying that I'll be going back any time soon! I would consider it...if I left the toddler and the sinus infection at home. Yeah....maybe that would make it better. It was beautiful though. That is for certain. I feel really blessed to have experienced it.

Before we arrived at the cabin, we made a stop off at the "Water Hole", and filled a few containers with water. I take it a water hole is, by definition, the largest tire one has ever seen filled with rain water, and ummm who knows what. WE hardly had to scare the cows away from their precious watering hole at all...they seemed so willing to share. Hubby assured me that we would need this water for washing hands, and the pots and pans we use to cook our hot dogs. Yes...it was only the best for us. Soon, I was less worried about what was IN the hot dogs and more about what was ON the Hot Dogs...and umm...our hands. It made me incredibly relieved I remembered to pack several bottles of drinking water. NO amount of boiling would have made me eager to drink this stuff.

"Can I go swimming mom?"

The dog almost jumped in.


With our water loaded up, we headed toward the cabin. One of the first things I noticed was the outhouse.....ummm yeah...what a disappointment. I mean, no crescent mooned door or anything...sigh...looks like a shed, but believe me....it smells like an outhouse. Sugar Bear was fascinated by the outhouse, and it was a full time job making sure she did NOT enter this three seater. It was straight out of "The Three Bears." It had a special hole for the baby bear, the mama bear and the papa bear. I was a little afraid she might fall into the papa bear hole...and seriously people that is a nightmarish thought. I was never so thankful that she is still in diapers, and that mama isn't a night time pee-er. whew....


Next, hubby let us into the cabin. Ummmm you can hardly tell he is the rustic, hunter type, can you? He hides it well.


It really wasn't so bad. It had glass in the windows, a door, and an ancient wood stove. There were four "beds" arranged around the one room. Sugar and I chose the one closest to the door in case of some sort of emergency. Don't ask me what kind, but I certainly felt the need to sleep with my baby right there with me by the door. Hubby chose one in the far corner. The dog was less than pleased to simply have to sleep on the hard wooden floor.


I spent quite a bit of time reading all the fabulous things previous dwellers had written on the walls. There was many accounts of special hunts and their kills. Thrilling, I tell you....THRILLING. I did add a special little mark that indicated Sugar Bear's height at the time of our visit. I am a sentimental mama like that. Oh...and she may not be back there until she is 15, so seeing her growth will be amazing. Somehow I failed to photograph the moment. sigh....


After getting acquainted with the inside of the cabin, we went out exploring. I saw so much beauty. While Sugar amused herself learning to drive her jeep (stay tuned for part THREE), I wandered around and took photos.




It amazed me that the ground consisted of about 2 inches of the finest, dusty silt I have ever seen. It managed to work it's way into everything. What a mess. Sugar ran around tripping on things, doing face plants, and having the time of her life. Runny nose, sticky hands and inches of dusty dirt resulted in one seriously filthy little honey by dark. In this picture I had given her the best dust off and spit shine I could manage.


As the day ended, and the sun started to set, I sat back and relished in sharing the sheer beauty with my family. I hope I was able to capture at least a slice of this with my photos.





Stay tuned for part three, Sugar Bear Drives Everywhere!

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Heidi said...

Wow, you did such a fine job describing and photographing this place! Eastern State? You were very brave! But your photos and memories are worth every spec of silty-dirt you find, anywhere!

(Blog giveaway down the road..)

Troy said...

Sugar Bear looked like she enjoyed it. Bet she'll be talking about it 20 years from now.

Momo Fali said...

I'm not sure how you did it, but you made a place without a toilet and running water seem VERY appealing!

WorksForMom said...

Wow, I'm just in AWE of your photography skills. Sincerely. I subscribed to your feed and this was the first thing I saw this morning. Yay!

Julie said...

You captured some GORGEOUS pictures! Wow! Those ones of the sunset and the clouds look like something from a magazine. Your blog is a real joy to read -- keep up the good work!

Joeprah said...

Give me a nice hotel room. Cabins...bah! Although the photos are absolutely wonderful. You have such a gift.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Wow, I guess rustic-ness and dirt are a small price to pay to be able to enjoy such beauty - at least for a little while... :) Your photos are incredible and I love reading your descriptions - can't wait for part 3!

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

For all the dirty, yuckiness, it was a seriously gorgeous place! Plus, I bet you are LOVING your hot shower and your kitchen sink with a renewed vigor! You are such a fabulous photographer... and story-teller. I can't wait to read about the Jeep!

Lori- Fairytales & Margaritas said...

Your pics are gorgeous! Looks like an area that we camp at. And I've never seen a 3 seater outhouse. do you really think 3 people ever use it at the same time? Hmmmm

Autumn said...

Beautiful pictures as usual! I couldn't help laughing at the water hole. Oh who needs to worry about parasites.... what's good for the cows must be just fine for the people. LOL I can just picture your face as he was filling containers. You are such a good sport!

barefootdevotions said...

Oh my goodness! What beautiful pictures!

LOL! Your hubby surely looks at home in the wilderness. There's something intriguing about a rustic man!

Mandy

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Love the photos!!!

Linda

Mama Zen said...

Corey, you have such an amazing eye for beauty!

mama bear said...

You are by far the best photographer I know hands down. You have a fantastic ability to explain situations as well. I can read your stories and then close my eyes and picture myself there running around chasing my kids. "Benny! David! quit rolling in the dirt. Stop playing in the outhouse! I mean it! That's 1!" Open my eyes again - whew! Thank goodness I'm home and that vacation was only in my head. Thanks for the trip Corey!

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I stopped by to say thanks for checking out my blog, but then I got hooked by your pictures and your story about your trip. Your photos are fabulous. They make me homesick, actually. Even though I'm an LA girl, I'm pretty familiar with your trip area. (Or at least where I thinkyour trip area is!

Sigh.

Pam said...

Yeah, this is a bit too rustic for me, but great pics!

Jen said...

I've been reading your blog for a week or so now...and loving your photography! I wish I had enough time in the day to take so many pictures. Or perhaps it's inspiration I'm lacking! In any case, they are lovely. The scenery at the cabin looks stunning...although I'm sure I could have done without the toddler and lack of running water as well!

david mcmahon said...

Love your eye for photography. You and I are drawn to the same scenes too.

This blog has become a daily stop for me - thank you for your great gifts.

Donetta said...

come visit me ,Scroll down you are such a "friend"

Michelle said...

all of the pictures from your trip are just beautiful! I feel like I was right there. I just love your photography and how you capture all those little details!

Deb said...

It sounds rustic, but you sure made it look romantic!!

Melissa Garrett said...

Gorgeous photos, as always!

I am no girly girl either, but I prefer indoor plumbing and running water ;-)

childlife said...

Beautiful photos as always Corey! But if you're crazy, well then so am I honey! : )

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

COOOOOOOREEEEEEEEEEEEE! Those shots are AMAZING! I know, I know. I say that in every comment. But seriously, girl. UH-MAY-ZING.

What an adventure! I love your commentary, too.

Marly said...

Good words.

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