Our family log cabin in a unique octagon design. It has a hand crafted rock floor made from local beach rock, a handcrafted interior featuring rustic kitchen shelves, a curved alder staircase, outdoor pantry, old fashioned kitchen, a counter from local beach clay tiles. Even though it is 'rustic' it is very clean and polished. There is also an outdoor storage shed for tools, wood and coal.
The cabin is heated with an old fashioned wood cookstove that also burns coal gathered right off the beaches,. There is a small propane cooktop for quick cooking on warm days. The 'sinks' are stainless steel dish pans that you fill from the creek and empty outdoors. It is all very simple and efficient and less work in a way than all the modern contraptions we take for granted.
Staying at our cabin helps you unwind and puts you back in touch with your connection to the earth. Dare to step back in time and experience a lifestyle from a simpler era, before the 'techno' age. You will find that life still goes on just fine! You may opt to have us host all or part of your vacation. This would include harvesting much of our food from the wilds, learning about subsistence living and taking part in activities from an earlier era lifestyle.
The cabin is located in the middle of one of Kachemak Bay's State parks. Access is by hiking, horseback or ATV. It is a leisurely, scenic 5 mile hike from the nearest road system. Mostly on level ground and you can beach comb while you hike. We can provide our ATV's for transporting guests and their luggage. We recommend traveling light.
Keywords: cabin, log, 2 story, beachfront, rustic, peaceful, artistic
I am a native Alaskan, of Swiss descent. I was born and raised here on an Alaskan homestead and grew up much in the same lifestyle that I offer at my cabin. I feel that preserving this lifestyle and making it available to others has a huge educational and historical value. Plus I enjoy it! The entire cabin was built by ourselves and our friends. I enjoy working with wood and rocks and have done the interior design myself. I also enjoy sewing, participate in the local artistic community in 'wearable art', do some writing, historical photo archiving, and have performed my faith based music locally. Our family has a 'Living Museum' on the original family homestead which you can visit en route to the cabin. Throughout the summer I teach workshops in wild food harvesting, canning, jam making, smoking fish, mushroom gathering etc. Currently I am in the process of finishing my home which contains a large canning kitchen and multipurpose/activity room where I plan to continue my workshops. I have 4 grown children, a son and 3 daughters, and 5 grandchildren. They are all Alaskans at heart and still enjoy doing a lot of the same things we offer our guests. I also speak fluent German for any guests who may want to converse in their native tongue.
I purchased this property long before it had a cabin on it. My sisters and I used to walk the beach to bring the cows from our homestead up the Bay to the summer pastures. It was a 10 mile hike on foot before we even had horses to ride and now ATV's. It was a magical place where we always stopped to have a picnic lunch. We all planned for ways to own it someday, and one day I did! Then we built this cabin as a get-a-way while living in the city of Anchorage. It became a very special place we enjoyed sharing with our friends. Now we want to share it with you too!
Cabin is on 6 acres surrounded by State Park. It has a babbling creek to one side and sloping grassy hills on the other. The canyons are still magical canyons to hike in and explore after 60 years. The beach is just out the front door and is full of shells and driftwood. An Eagle family lives in our canyon just a few hundred feet from the cabin. They have nested here for over 15 years. You go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the surf and the wind and the songbirds. It is a very unique place. A place of peacefulness, listening to the sounds of nature, far away from the hectic life. You can see sea otters, seals, coyotes, moose, bear, and of course the ever present eagles.
Seasonal Harvesting of Wild Foods, Clam Digging,
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