This cabin was everything we hoped it would be and then some. The cabin was clean, ingeniously built by Rick himself, and very well appointed. You can tell a lot of love went into building this sanctuary. The outhouse was surprisingly a highlight of the trip. It's really clean and nice and so close to the cabin. You can leave the door open and look out at the woods while you're in there. It's surprisingly pleasant! There are also solar powered lights and motion detectors outside so finding your way to it in the dark is not a problem. The rainwater collection system that allows for hot showers and running water below the cabin and in the outhouse is ingenious. It allowed us to take hot showers and wash dishes and yet be completely back to nature at the same time. We're looking forward to coming back in the winter to experience it all in the snow.
We stayed at the cabin for 3 nights, arriving late at night, and had no trouble finding it thanks to Maria's directions. There is cell service there and Rick and Maria were easy to reach and communicate with and explained everything we needed to know about the cabin. We were lucky enough to meet them and get a full tour of the property.
On the first day we stayed put for most of the day except for a trip into Croghan for some ice cream and supplies. We'd brought a cooler of food and cooked in the cabin. We did bring our own dishes and silverware but there were plenty of pots and pans and measuring cups and spoons. We loved making a fire in the wood stove and out in the fire pit. Our daughter loved digging in all the sand that's on the property. It's a geological wonder so if you have kids, bring them sand toys.
The second day we took a 60 minute scenic drive mostly on a dirt road to Old Forge thanks to the directions that Rick and Maria had left in the booklet of activities. Google would have taken us on a circuitous route that would have taken closer to 90 minutes so we were grateful for the hand-drawn map. Canoeing or kayaking on the Moose River looks like it would be amazing and we look forward to going back and trying that another time. We also want to go back to go to the gorge and the reservoir and falls. Somehow 3 nights just wasn't quite long enough. We'll be back!