Today I cleaned out the Johnny Sack 'guest cabin'. This two-room log cabin was a gift from the US forest service that came with our signature on the lease of the property. It is built of logs with a wood floor, metal roof, and concrete foundation. The bedroom has a small closet and two windows with glass panes, screens, and shutters to keep out the snow. The other room is a screened porch with screened, shuttered windows on 3 sides and a door. I’m not sure any of our guests would like to sleep in this cabin. It is drafty and dusty. Chewbacca, our red tailed squirrel, lives in and underneath it with his family during the long, cold winters.
Johnny Sack was somewhat of an enigma around these parts. He stood 4 feet 11 inches tall and what a bit of a recluse. He built several log cabins when all this area belonged to him and used them as 'guest cabins'. Ours is one of them. His original log home is open to visitors in the summer months and is not a mile from here at Big Springs.
The hours I spent in cleaning out the Johnny Sack cabin were dusty but enjoyable. It is tidy and organized now. My husband reminded me that he had already gone through it at least twice before I did today. The other things in that little cabin are important, too. The hammock brought back from Costa Rica by our son Keith, the Camp Chef stove, tools we need to keep things in order around the property, a bag of mulch for the new trees, hoses, shovels, a lantern. Did I mention 11 canoe paddles and four kayak paddles? But nothing touched my heart as much as handling those old, little life preservers that kept my children safe in the water. In the end one of the small blue ones had been sacrificed to Chewbacca’s need to provide a nest for his family. Thanks be to God for that person who first designed them and marketed them so that I could have them in bins in Johnny Sack’s guest cabin.