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Getaway Weekend @ The Cabin

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Life at the cabin at its’ best… Lots of snow and a full wood box! Don’t forget the beer and gruel! A great weekend at the cabin with friends and family. Why not come join us? Get your wet boots off and get yer’ feet up. Grab some slop and listen to the stories. Welcome to the cabin!

At it’s core the content for this video has some examples of easy to prepare camp meals made from extremely basic canned ingredients available in any convenience store. It doesn’t have to be fancy to be tasty. Everything tastes better at the camp with warm fire and good friends!

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Making The Trek.

One of the not so relaxing parts of a relaxing weekend is always the load in! Trekking up the hill laden with gear is a chore to be sure. It’s worth it though. Once you get a nice fire lit and crack that first beer it’s paradise! Especially if you are spending time with good friends and family.

Joel's Gear Skid

Joel is pretty hard core when it comes to the backcountry! He made this sweet gear tote from odds n’ ends. He carried most of our stuff up. BEAST MODE!!!!

My buddy Joel was out hiking around Mount Carleton that same weekend. We met at the camp. He had his homemade trail tote with him. The harness is made from the belt out of a tool pouch, the poles are fiberglass chimney sweep poles and the tote itself is a deep kids toboggan. Really well built and genius design. I thought he had purchased it. I asked him where he got such a sweet setup, to which he informed me he had just made it himself. Very cool!

Arriving at the Cabin

Our beast of burden, AKA Joel, lol, pulls into the cabin dooryard. Don’t think I wasn’t pack laden too, I was! I always over pack. Somebody has gotta carry the beer!

Loaded down myself with gear and supplies, the trip is difficult but well worth it. I actually like that it’s a little hard to get to. Makes it so much more rewarding!

Cabin Time With Friends.

Obviously a warm cabin atmosphere is made even warmer by the company of friendly faces and happy chatter. My son Chris and nephew Avery were up. Joel obviously, our pack donkey was there as well as Aaron. Much laughter and smack talk was par for the course.

Relaxing with friends

One of the best parts of getting up to the cabin is time with friends. Just chilling out, a few beers, and talking about nothin till the am! Love it!

Cooking Up Some Cabin Grub.

After all the trekking and laughter, you gotta feed the troops! A hodgepodge of beans, wieners and alpha-getti was on the menu. I also did up a batch of “Expanded Ham”, a silly made up fancy recipe for roasting up a a can of ham on a stick. A cabin specialty!!!

Back in Cabin Life : Episode 3 – “Cabin Cookin'”, I outline my theory for camp gruel or as some call it hodgepodge. Simply put, you take what you or others may have brought and throw it all in the pot. Good themes are things like beans, chili and meat based soups or stew. I usually try to add as many meats as I can get my hands on. It all depends on how well I’ve prepared. My gruel can range anywhere from bacon, steak and sausage miracles of the culinary arts, to bean and cocktail wiener discount slop! But it’s all good at the camp! The fire, friends and the fresh air fix everything!

Beans N' Wieners

A typical Hodgepodge of Beans n Wieners and other things. Anything goes!

When it come to “Expanded Ham”, the idea is to get the meat spread out well on the stick or skewer so that it can dry roast all in around the delicious fingers of ham! It’s a great one to have in your recipe book. You dirty zero dishes and it works just as well over an open fire as it does over the stove.

Expanded Ham

“Expanded Ham” is a made up name I gave to fancy up the simple task of sticking a canned ham on a skewer! It may not be fancy French cuisine but its amazing at the camp!!!!!

The real secret to good food has always been the company and atmosphere. I’d rather eat slop in the house of Kings than eat delicacies with the swine!

Get Out There!

Maybe you don’t have an old shack in the woods, doesn’t matter… Grab some buds and some lawn chairs and go get a bonfire going! Have a few brews, cook up some slop, enjoy that adventurous atmosphere! Carpe Diem!!! That wasn’t too cliche was it?! Who cares, get going!

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Exploring Abandoned Cabins

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After much delay… I’m back with another in my Cabin Life series! This time out we take to the woods to explore some old run down abandoned cabins. You can really get the sense of what great old camps these must have been in their prime. It was a really nice day in mid November when I filmed this, and I’m glad to finally share it with everyone.

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Driven to Explore!

As the cooler fall air settles in, I start to think about the soon approaching winter weather. Mentally I’m already preparing winter camping trips. I love staying in adventurous locations. During hunting season I’m always pushing deeper and exploring farther in search of interesting locations to set up camp. Whether it’s just for a day trip or an overnight outing, it’s fun to explore and find new locations.

A Neglected Old Logging Cabin.

The first little beauty I found this fall was what appeared to me to be an abandoned old logging cabin. I have seen this style of cabin around before. The design seems to be that of a long narrow rectangle with a very low roof pitch. It looks like it could be easily loaded and unloaded onto a trailer or flatbed truck with a few jacks and posts. This makes it an ideal design for transporting from one location to another.

Small Abandoned Logging Cabin

I found this little gem one day while I was out hunting for partridge.

Inside I discovered that a lot of the wall boards had been torn off. Likely used as firewood one night when someone just didn’t want the party to be over. Someone had actually swept up since my last visit and had thrown a collection of cans and bottles out the window onto the ground outside. Not exactly cleaning up but it did look a bit better inside.

I noticed the building was wired for lights and outlets. This is likely so you can run a generator outside and have access to power.

Abandoned Logging Cabin Interior

Here’s a look at the inside of the small logging cabin. One of the beds even had a thin pad on it. That would really help if you were lost and came across this cabin.

A real boon in a survival situation would be finding an abandoned camp like this with a functioning wood stove. It could save your life! Although the piping wasn’t up to code, I’d say you would be very comfortable with the output of this little stove. That is, you would be, if you didn’t burn the place down! You could always roast a squirrel  over the coals of the old place after it burnt down. OK, that’s just not funny! No wait, yes it is!

On a more serious note, I wouldn’t turn my back on this stove if I had a fire going in it. Be very careful if you intend to have a fire in a strange stove. The pipes could be caked with creosote from burning green or dirty wood, and you’d have a flue fire on your hands right quick.

A Nice Wood Stove

The old abandoned logging camp had a small wood stove in it. I would be careful about how large a fire I built in it, as it did not have a double wall chimney.

Outside was a lot of garbage and disarray. Old lawn furniture lay about the yard, some of it broken with age and abuse. Beer cans and bottles littered the area. As I mentioned in the video above, it must have been someones proud little camp site at one time, but now likely is only a party spot.

That being said I will likely clean up some next time I’m back. Maybe if someone starts showing some respect for the old place, others will too. People aren’t all bad.

Side View of Small Abandoned Logging Cabin

You can see that the building is really well built. However the neglect and abuse have taken their tole.

A Sad but Beautiful Old Camp.

The next camp we explore is obviously much older. Most of the damage is from neglect rather than abuse. The fact that it’s open to the weather and wild animals has really been it’s undoing.

This place is actually only about 10 minutes from my house. Hidden away as it is however, its a miracle I ever stumbled into it. It was when I found this second abandoned cabin that I got the idea to share an abandoned cabins video.

Much Older Adandoned Cabin in Springfield

This old Cabin isn’t that far from where I live. This one is very old and would take a lot of work to restore.

Here’s my guess as to the reasons why this place is in the shape it is… I think the owners have either given up on it or perhaps sold the land and the new owners lacked the interest needed to repair the old place. Had I purchased a piece of land with a gem like this on it, I would have made it top priority to at least board up all the windows and make sure it had a door that could close up.

I had to do the same thing with my old camp. It was neglected for a time in the 90’s and suffered some abuse at the hands of some local hooligans. The first step to repair was new windows and doors to keep the wildlife and weather out.

View of Back of Cabin

This is the rear view of the cabin. You can see that most of the windows have been boarded up. This is good because it keeps the weather out. Birds are getting in the small back window though.

Overall Impressions.

These old places stir me with a mixture of emotions. Part of me feels frustrated that they have fallen into such a state. However part of me sees the beauty for what it was and I feel satisfied with that. Almost hard to know a good thing until you’ve lost it, if that makes any sense to anyone.

I want to throttle people that would abuse and destroy sites like this for their own entertainment. Just think… If a few individuals had a modicum of respect, these place would be in far better shape. This infuriates me to no end! At the same time I realize that some people just can’t be changed.

All in all, it’s good to find beauty where you can in this life. I hope having a look through this old cabins brought some beauty to your day.

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Good Grief, Let’s eat!

Making a delicious meal while camping doesn’t have to be complicated. Maybe you have lots of different ingredients or maybe just a few. What really matters is sticking to a theme. For me it’s lots of smokey themes, brown sugar and BBQ flavors. Tender meats, sausages, stews, chili, and beans all are welcome fare.

When making camp meals be adventurous, no one will hold it against you. Remember, the candle light makes everything taste better.

When it comes to my camp gruel, the more variety the better! I love lots of different meats and beans. Sometimes to stretch it out, to feed more people, I will use cheap cans of tomato, vegetable, or beef n’ barley stew to expand the mix. That way the main flavors still are predominant and the filler doesn’t speak too loud. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You’d be surprised with the varieties you can come up with. Most of all have fun!

In this video we cook up some grub, cabin style! Come join us. Lots of meat and beans and chili! It was a nice night with lots of food and family. No one went to bed hungry, and we just woke up and kept right on cooking!

You like meat? Who doesn’t?! Personally I’m all about cooking over hardwood coals, and I’m a sucker for Montreal Steak spice! Just make sure with chicken and pork you cook it well done. Beef… Just wave it over the fire and it’s ready! But seriously, the only way to ruin a good steak is to over cook it… In my humble opinion.

Remember sometimes it’s the company we keep, not the food, that can make a meal.

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A Closer Look at Cabin Necessities

Hey Guys!!! Back at ya with the second video in my “Cabin Life” series! This time we explore the cabin and surroundings, whip up some grub, and finish going though the cabin’s supplies. Chris and Köpek came with me and we found a little time to just chill out too. It was very relaxing.

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The First in my “Cabin Life” Series!

This is Episode 1 in a new playlist series called “Cabin Life”. This series is designed to explore the day to day activities of life around the cabin. Look forward to subjects like cutting and processing fire wood to prepare for winter, hunting, fishing, and cooking wild game. As well as general maintenance around the cabin and of course taking it easy.

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