And moved to this 200 sq ft cabin in the woods of northern Minnesota without running water, road access, or conventional heating. Known as the Pepper Shack, my parents and grandmother built this cabin in the early 80's on the summer camp property we still own today. Fun fact: we share a property line with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!
In 2018, I quit my engineering job
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After living and working at the summer camp for two years, my dad (Dan) and I officially bought the camp from my uncle, who still owns our sister camp, Camp Birchwood for Girls, which was founded by my grandparents in 1958. Our camp, Birchwood Wilderness Camp is the boys camp, which my grandfather founded in 1968. My fiance, Victor, and I met at Birchwood and now direct the camp together! We run 8 weeks of the boys camp followed by several weeks of wellness and yoga retreats!
In 2020, I became a small business owner
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The Cabin Season
It started as a way to keep friends and family up-to-date on my survival in the remote wilderness, under the blog name An Outdoor Experience. As the seasons passed, I began hearing more and more from women aspiring to be more "outdoorsy" for the sake of self care and self improvement - a sentiment I fully understand. In a leap to speak directly to those women, my mighty little blog became The Cabin Season - a space to redefine what it means to be an outdoorswoman from the very land you live on.
At the end of 2018, I started this blog
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100 pounds of sunshine, that's Arlo. She's the quintessential cabin dog who hasn't left my side since I picked her up as an eight week old Shiloh Shepherd puppy. I mean that quite literally - her and I go everywhere together. In the canoe, on the dogsled, in the truck, on the trails, around camp, by the fire, in the snow, across the country, in the hammock, at the writing desk...she's there. And while this blog has nothing to do with dogs, Arlo will pop up all the time in my photos and writing! Consider yourself her new friend! She does!
In 2019, I got Arlo
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