Alfred who designed and built the “Little Red Cabin” discovered this great article in the Wall Street Journal and shared it with me. It is about Tim Cahill a writer who has traveled to 100 countries, riding on horseback across the steppes of Mongolia, hiking through remote villages in southeastern Turkey in search of the supposedly extinct Caspian Tiger, driving a truck from the tip of Patagonia to Alaska and going swimming in an ice hole on the North Pole.
Tim than comes home and chronicles his adventures in a 500-square-foot cabin hidden in a thickly forested river canyon in southwest Montana. The cabin sits in this national forest on the edge of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, about an hour’s drive down gravel roads from the “big town” of Livingston.
Built in 1931 by a dude ranch hand, the Lincoln Log-esque cabin looks like it could have been plucked off of a movie set, so much so that Mr. Cahill’s 8-year-old niece asked if it was fake when she visited.
Hidden from the dirt road by deciduous trees, the cabin is barely big enough for the basics: a kitchen with a wood-burning Monarch stove and a dining nook, a living room with a pitched, wooden beam roof and a big stone fireplace, which warms the place up in about two hours in the winter, and a cramped bedroom that has an exposed sink, toilet and bathtub in one end (the outhouse is for the guest cabins).
Tim Cahill spends about 2 months out of the year at his cabin and loves tramping the woods and wilderness behind his cabin. To read the full article go to the Wall Street Journal.
Quotes from Alexandra Alter and Photography by Janie Osborne of the Wall Street Journal