I grew up in the city, and something always drew me outdoors.  My parents gave me a tent for my high school graduation present, and I spent almost every weekend in the summers camping with friends in the mountains, and by rivers and lakes.  One year my wife booked a trip to Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, and we had an amazing long weekend exploring glaciers, and the towns of McCarthy and Kennicott.  When we returned to Anchorage we raved to our friends about our trip, and one of them told us about land for sale in the area.  So we returned two weeks later to look at a 10-acre lot, and couldn't think of a reason not to buy it. 

I always wanted to build a log cabin, and this piece of land was perfect for it.  My wife and I spent four summers peeling and stacking logs, learning along the way from books, YouTube videos and anyone who was willing to give us advice.  Eventually we finished the cabin, and now it's our place to get away from the world and recharge.  Getting here is not easy, so we try to come for one, or two weeks at a time.  We find peace here in our cabin, surrounded by a forest with clean air that will cleanse your soul.  The only thing you can hear is the river flowing in the distance, birds chirping, and an occasional small airplane.  I kid you not, there are fluffy hares bouncing through the woods around here!  No matter where we go in the world, I always have a piece of land with a cabin where I can go to reset.  We spend more time here in the summer, but we also come in the winter for about a week.  Access is more challenging in the winter, but I prefer it over summer, because there are no bugs, no bears, and dramatic light on snow-covered mountains.

I have a small studio building on our lot where I paint, and I prefer working here where there are fewer distractions, and more inspiration.

I hope you have a place in this busy world where you can go to find peace.  Everyone should have a special place like that, whether it's a reading nook, or a remote cabin.
Cheers from a log cabin in the woods in Alaska!
~ Scott Clendaniel and Maria Benner

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