You Can Never Go Home Again… Or Can You?

Way back in the “good old days” we bought a 5 acre piece of property outside of Monroe WA. We had a plan to build our own log house on the land and somehow it all worked out. We lived there for 19 fun filled years, but eventually as the children grew up we moved on to new (easier to maintain) dwellings.

Recently, some 40 years later, Suzie and I drove by and managed to catch just a fleeting glimpse of the old homestead through the trees, and I decided I would send a letter and a bunch of old photos to the current owners. Thinking they might like to see a little bit of the history of their home. As it turned out, I got a very warm response from the current owners… They were the same folks that had originally bought the property from us. The log house had been home to their family of 5 for all these years.

We caught up via text messages and I finagled an invite to come up and visit the old log house. I explained that my grandsons, the Dudes, were studying a block of instruction on “Living Off The Land” and they were included in the invitation.

So here are some old photos of the construction project, and a few “then and now” images for comparison.

I cut the logs for the house from my in-laws property near Easton WA
The log peeling seemed to take forever
My trusty “spud”. That’s the tool used to peel the bark from the logs
Rotating the logs so they season evenly
Today the old log yard is a nice grassy field…. That small building was added by the new owners.
The logs are stacked and it’s time to cut off the ridge log supports… Note: Try this method at your own risk
Installing the chimney. Again, maybe not the safest method.
Eventually we had a house!
Our family on the porch. The house looks great these days
Leane on the porch
Travis rippin’ around the inside on his 3 wheeler
Suzie, grinding way…
And that’s me, having just cut in the front door.

Well there you go. It was just delightful to see that the old log house was still being lovingly maintained and cared for. We shared some wonderful moments and memories with the current owners about the joys of raising our families in the same house. And the Dudes all got a chance to see where their mom grew up and the house that Suzie and Drampa built.

Thanks for following along. Kat

About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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5 Responses to You Can Never Go Home Again… Or Can You?

  1. What an incredible story!


  2. John says:

    holy shiz Kat this is just incredible! Where did you learn how to build a cabin?

    • Jeff Katzer says:

      Haha, I guess I learned to build a log cabin by building a log cabin. We later built a 2nd on for my in-laws. No training like “On The Job” training. Gee, I wonder how that would work in your field of expertise? (Not so good, I imagine).

      • John says:

        Lol yeah I guess it wouldn’t. But a lot of the stuff we do in the shop is just diving into it and figuring it out. It’s been working ok so far…

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