Last week I was given the opportunity to spend 3 glorious days at Evan Penny's remote cabin. As the boat rounded the final corner of the river, driving against the wind through rain and choppy waters, the camp came into view and all city-life tensions melted away. Evan reconstructed this site from a previous fishing lodge in 2000 and has slowly added features and improvements over the years (we think a sauna could be the next project). Though there is no electricity or running water, the place is a comfortable retreat with scattered private guest cabins, a studio and a welcoming main building complete with long dining table. With multiple canoes, an extended diving dock, and a custom-made pizza oven, hours of entertainment are available at work or play.
The light breeze rolling across the rocks drives the bugs away and carries the romantic sound of a CPR train travelling in the distance. Sunsets are epic and the night sky shines bright with stars undimmed by city lights. I most enjoy hiking in the forest behind the cabin to spot and identify wildflowers (this past visit I found 23 pink lady slippers in bloom).
There is a rough and tumble aspect to the site that makes rowdy nights unapologetic, yet carries an effortless style speaking to the owner's excellent taste. On summer weekends when the property is at full capacity (11 people), it feels like how summer camp should have been.