I've gotten a few questions about the purpose for my little log cabin. Although it would make a nice getaway for a night or two, it is meant to be a storage building to take some of the extra stuff out of the "real" cabin which is right next to it.
We bought this land a few years ago and selected a high vista/plateau for a mountain cabin. Except for what I've been able to rig (like a gravity sink), there is no running water or plumbing. Electric, when we want it, is by generator only.
I designed the structure, drew basic plans, then hired a local builder to construct the outer shell. We then completed the inside ourselves. Here is a picture just after we finished:
And just to give you an idea, here is a picture of the one of the rooms:
We've really enjoyed our time there and the chance to explore the 60-acre surrounding forest.
And speaking of the forest, Jade Blackwater is hosting a Festival of the Trees and is inviting tree-inspired posts. The north side of the property is a ravine of old hemlock forest. I'm sure it was too steep to comfortably log, so a good number of old growth trees remain. Here is an example of one:
Hemlock trees are notoriously slow growing, and in an environment like this, the growth is even slower. A tree such as this one is easily 400+ years old.
I like to simply lay my hand against these old men of the mountain and think about all they've seen, about how many generations back to Native Americans may have stood and been struck by the very same wonder.