First Stop down the road an exciting intro to An indoor archery range, "Northern Archery", DArs sons run this. The area in the back of the byuilding houses an outlet for precision machine lathe parts.
Inside the archery range is all kinds of targets that also have targets you cannot see from the shooting area, one is supposed to know where to aim.
The left side is the snack area while meeting or waiting for your turn to shoot.
Then, of course the pride of Bill and Dar, their hunting cabin. This cabin is in the forest and near a beautiful creek. A picture book sitting for a picture book hunting cabin. I have never seen so many trophies. Everything up to and including a Caribou. This cabin is built to last. It will last hundreds of years if the world lasts. A lot of care, talent, labor and love went into building this place to 'get away from it all'. I enjoyed my talks with Bill, a very knowlegeable man and talented. I thorughly enjoyed the story of how they built the cabin. The things they bought were the sheeting for the roof and the flooring for he second floor and of course the slab for the floor. The rest came directly off the land.
Mr Caribou stands sentry watch beside the turkey.
Dar proudly displays two draw knives. These are used for many things mainly in the project it was to skin the logs, every one of them. Dar shows her knive is worn down twice as much as Bills, she skinned all but three of the logs herself.
I asked specifically how they lifted the higher logs, and bill is explaining it here. Folks this cabin has a 14" x 30foot Ridge pole. ONE HUGE LOG. They did have the neighbor come over and set the log which Bill had already prenotched with his chainsaw. All the notching was done with his chain saw.
Now I am sure some of you have heard of the Jackalope out west. That is a cross with a jack rabbit and and antelope. Well you are looking at the upper mid west answer to that, the BEER, obviously a cross between a deer and a bear. They are very rare and like the Jackalope, are now on the endangered species list. LOL
Sherry got a shot of the creek with the log bridge.
This is the back of the cabin, facing the creek.
Look close and you can see Andy and his son Syrus walking a log. It is good to see up here a son being paid attention to on the simple things, remember walking a log? or a Rail road track? What simple fun.
Here Syrus has found a tree frog, daddy Andy is showing me and Syrus, how to rub his belly very gently and put it to sleep.
The inside of the cabin displays Dar's handy work. This tree section is burned with a beautiful animal scene.
Another of Dars paintings, She and Mel are so proud of their abilities, inherited from their Dad and Mom. They have every right to be.
The ride out and back was enjoyable. I mean this cabin is out in the boonies!!! But now we are back and Mel is there to greet us and say good by. But first we visited a little more These folks are such a joy to be around, and the food sure smelled delicious. Mel left and did not stay for supper.