Every now and then I have mentioned in my posts that we have been to our cabin up in northern Arizona. I thought it might be fun to show you a few pictures of it so you can see where we spend quite a few weekends during the year, and even more time in the summer.
The reason we have a cabin at all is due to the fact that my husband has a will of steel, and when he makes up his mind to do something, he does it, no matter how difficult it is. We had bought 40 acres of property about 3 hours north of where we live, and every time we camped there, he would dream of building a cabin someday. He spent probably 100’s of hours researching how to build a structure. Basically, it is thanks to Google that we have a cabin now! 🙂
Ten years ago this September, he bought a water tank, and rented a tractor. I don’t think I have ever prayed so much as I did the night he took off hauling that gigantic load! It was quite an undertaking, especially considering the remoteness of the location and the terrible roads that led to our property at the time. I thank God for keeping him safe during that difficult trip and through all of the many trips back and forth through the years.
He would work on it every chance he got, sometimes to my frustration when we had little ones at home. Often he would take one of them with him, and they have good memories of those times. After he had finished the septic tank, the foundation wall, and the floor, a wonderful group of friends came up and helped him raise the walls and roof.
By April of 2007, we had a structure we could sleep in, and over the years it just kept getting better as he worked on it whenever time permitted. I was so thankful just to have a real bathroom with a toilet that flushed, but eventually I even had a kitchen sink, a stove, a refrigerator, and a shower.
It is a very remote location so we get electricity from solar panels and catch rainwater from off of the roof that flows into the big green storage tank he initially carried in the back of his truck. We have a propane tank for heating the water. There is no central heating and it gets very cold in the winter, so Jeff went to Google again to learn how to build a fireplace.
He used rock from our land to piece it together. It has worked perfectly from day one, and really keeps the cabin warm on a cold day.
We love to sit around the fireplace and play games. Scrabble, Dominion, and Pegs and Jokers are a few favorites. The cabin is only about 1000 square feet, but it feels bigger as the ceiling is so high.
We often invite family and friends to join us and can comfortably sleep 10 as there are 2 bedrooms and a loft. The layout is a lot like the Ingalls’ home in Little House on the Prairie if you’ve ever watched that.
But probably the best thing about the cabin is sitting on the porch and looking at the view.
The elevation is almost 6000 feet so the terrain is mostly juniper with a few pine trees thrown in for good measure.
Just this last weekend this was our view from the porch.
We love to sit on the porch and look for wildlife. While sitting there we have seen rabbits, squirrels, quail, elk, and even a bear. The hummingbirds are always there and entertain us greatly!
Quite often we take walks to check to see if the fence needs repaired and see what there is to see.
We usually see different kinds of flowers depending on the time of year.
I enjoy cooking up there and love to make big breakfasts, often times using my mini cast iron skillets.
We have a bar-b-q so we grill a lot. There is nothing like grilling over cedar wood. It gives whatever you are bar-b-qing an amazing flavor!
We even tried grilling pizza this last weekend. It turned out great and was so much fun to do!
Sunset is probably the most awe-inspiring time.
Because it’s so open, you have a great view of it.
Night time is equally amazing as there are about a billion stars to look at and a fantastic view of the milky way.
So that’s our cabin in a nutshell. I’m so glad you got to see it. It is one of our great pleasures in life.
Ya’ll come back now, ya hear! 🙂
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then…find the way.