Posts Tagged ‘cabin’

The Rhythms of the Woods

October 8, 2010

I asked this handsome fellow to pose in front of the Trego Nature Trail. Oh, wait. That's me.

I’m in the third full day of my Wisconsin cabin retreat. I am happy to report that I am getting attuned to nature’s rhythms. Living and walking amidst the woods in northwest Wisconsin has naturally slowed my pace both mentally and physically. I find myself synchronizing with the absence of natural light by going to bed earlier. I’m even driving more slowly in order to honor the beauty of the scenery; it’s almost hypnotically calming to gaze at the fields of green and gold. (What other colors would they be in Packers territory?) I typically listen to sports talk shows in the car but turning the radio on in the midst of such splendor would seem too jarring.

Gazing down at the Namekagan River on the Trego Nature Trail

The centerpiece of my retreat, which my hosts, John and Kristin Anderson, have so generously extended from four days to eleven, is (more…)

Henry David Thoreau, I’m Not

October 7, 2010

My Wisconsin cabin retreat

In a recent post, I wrote that as I was driving down a busy highway to the ginormous Mall of America, the thought crossed my mind that it would be nice to leave the fast pace of the big city behind and retreat to a cabin in the woods.

I was speaking metaphorically, so imagine my surprise when my long-lost friend, comedian Kristin Anderson, posted on Facebook that I would be welcome to use her family’s cabin. Wow. I lobbed Kristin a phone call to make sure she was serious, got directions from her husband John (founder of JDA Design Architects), and off I went on a two-hour trek into Wisconsin.

I got to the cabin in the evening as darkness was falling. It was a cozy, quaint little home away from home and a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of Minneapolis. After some reading, I turned out the light early and just listened in the darkness to . . . nothing. It was totally quiet, almost eerily so.

The driveway to the highway

I drifted off to sleep but awoke around three o’clock. It was so quiet that every little (more…)

Move Over, Henry David!

September 22, 2010

Henry David Thoreau's cabin near Walden Pond

I’m not sure if something’s wrong with me or if something’s right with me. I took Highway 35W to the Mall of America today and all I could think of was, I wish I were at a cabin in the woods right now. I’ve always loved living in the big city but in the past year or so, I’ve begun to appreciate the allure of (more…)