Over the course of two summers starting in 1945, Lorna Benedict lived in a shepherd’s wagon on a large ranch in Wyoming. During her stint as a shepherd she watched over a herd of sheep, chopped her own firewood, shot and skinned local wildlife and fished the rivers for her food. Every few weeks, when the sheep moved on to feed, horses would be hooked up to the wagon so she and her home could continue the process. When asked what she liked about the lifestyle, she said “Nothing!”
“Well…at that age, it wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Lorna added. “But now that I look back on it, it was really amazing to be out in nature with those mountains in Wyoming. I sure did read a lot.
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by Ann Bucholtz
I bought the Little Cabin in 2003. It was a one room 20 x 30 ft. hunting cabin without indoor plumbing or electric and I paid $95,000. Utilities existed at the road about 100 feet from the cabin. My son and I used it as a summer camp cabin and each year I added an upgrade. One year water to a hydrant out back, another year electric to a power pole, another year a septic system. When visiting we would run a 100 ft electric cord to the interior to run a small electric heater (the wood stove was unsafe) and a small refrigerator. The homeowner’s association would not allow a compost toilet system because of my close proximity to the adjacent stream.
When I first bought the cabin, it contained old sleeping mattresses and had a broken window. Mice had moved in and it required deep cleaning to be habitable as a camp cabin. The cabin is situated on nearly 4.5 acres surrounded by National Forest, has year round access and is 3 minutes from a small Western town with amenities. Occasionally, the town runs horses and cattle down main street changing pastures! There is even a local rodeo every weekend in the summer as well as packhorse races for entertainment. Winter brings cross country skiing and animal watching.
I featured the WheelHaus cabins in a previous post and the company is coming up with some great new designs. I thought you would enjoy their latest park model cabin called the Wedge. This is a manufactured park model home built in Wyoming and an alternative for tiny house living.
The “Wedge” design features an angled roof, which starts low above the bedroom and builds to 17 feet in the living room. Trapezoidal windows grow similarly from back to front, offering natural light while maintaining privacy. The front of the cabin is almost entirely glass. A large sliding glass door opens to a private deck.
Each cabin has one bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen/living room and a private deck. The ceilings and exterior are covered with reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing. Continue Reading »
My friend and I rode our motorcycles over to the Bighorn Canyon in the Pryor Mountain Range near Lovell, Wyoming. While we were there we took these pictures of these original cabins.
To get to these cabins you need to take Rt 14 A over the Bighorn Mountain towards Lovell, Wyoming and take a right onto 37 which takes you into the Bighorn Canyon Recreation area, you have to go through Wyoming on 37 into Montana and the cabins will be off 37 on the left side.
It was really interesting to see what the pioneers lived in and compare what they had to what we have. Hope you like the pictures as much as I loved taking them. I also have some pictures of Wild Bighorn Sheep and Wild Horses we took while in that canyon.
A few months back I shared with you the “Rolling Cabin” based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tom Hedges recently contacted me to share with you a new feature they are offering at the Redtail Resort.
Glamping, the new term being used for upscale — or glamorous — camping, is one of the fastest growing trends in the eco-luxe hospitality industry.
Glamour camping offers all of the attractions of camping – sleeping under the stars, sitting around a campfire, falling asleep to the sounds of nature, etc, while taking all of the hassles out of the experience – pitching a tent, lugging gear and food, sleeping on the bumping ground, collecting firewood, etc. It then attaches the comforts of a luxury hotel room – ultra comfortable king size bed, luxury linens, concierge and cleaning services, etc. Collectively, the result is a completely extraordinary experience. Continue Reading »
Tiny houses are not a new thing and we can learn from our history. JT recently went on vacation in Wyoming and visited a couple of Ghost Towns along the way. He took pictures and shared them with me. I have chosen some of my favorite from the town of South Pass City, Wyoming. JT will tell us a little about them.
South Pass City is an old Gold Mining Ghost Town in Wyoming about 5 miles down a dirt road from Atlantic City.
Most of the Original buildings are still standing and have been restored to original condition inside and out with original furnishings. No boby lives in South pass City today, it’s a museum and walking through it is like walking back through time to the 1800′s. You will see a Hotel, Butcher shop, school house, jail that was later converted to a school house and more. Continue Reading »