I posted some photos of our trip to Wisconsin on Facebook and my sister commented, “I would like to see pictures of the rest of the house! It looks so pretty!” Although I’ve spoken of the cabin and posted a few pictures before, today I will fulfill her wish and show you the whole thing.
One reason I call Jeff and Jen’s vacation home a log mansion, is because it is drop-dead gorgeous. And the other is because my husband, Dave, grew up with a simple and modest vacation log cabin in northern Wisconsin. It was built by his dad, several years before Dave was born, and sadly it was sold in 1987. I stayed there one time, in 1986, when Dave and I were first dating. And next to it, J & J’s is truly a mansion – even Dave’s mom agrees!
The Hopkins’ cabin was originally without running water (there was only a hand pump), no inside bathroom – instead an outhouse (as seen above from a 2007 photo, and NO, I never went in there!). No heat besides what the fireplace provided. And no electricity until the mid 1960′s. Once the electricity was in, the pump became electric and a bathroom was added. But as Dave told me, “Even then, when we lost electricity due to storms, it could be out for days at a time. I remember one time it was out for at least 3 days. So we still had to revert to using the hand pump, and the outhouse, and that is why we kept the kerosene lamps and the gas refrigerator and stove.”
This photo of the Hopkins’ cabin was taken in 1955.
And this one was taken in 2007, the first summer we spent a week at Jeff and Jen’s. We drove over to show Marissa and Connor the mystical place their dad always told them about… “the cabin in the North Woods.”
July 24, 2012 3 Comments