Every year, the second weekend in August, the Stem family , siblings, cousins, even my 94 year old grandmother makes the trip from Easton PA, come together at, what we call, "the cabin." (It's more a house, but it started out as a cabin) . Its a little crazy, but such a good fun time.
This cabin, oh this place is magic. The air, the tree's the streams, the mountains, and of course the people. It's all the things that I love about life. Some of my earliest memories are from this place. Hanging out with my siblings, running around the meadow or through the woods. Playing in the swinging holes. My grandfather pulling taffy or making orange juice box houses with my grandmother. The giant rocking chair that my uncle made and all of us kids used to play on. So many camp fires and s mores. There are just so many memories because it's been a part of my life, my whole life. It's one of my favorite places in the world.
A little background on the place (what I can remember) Sometime in the late 70's, my uncle and my grandparents bought a big chunk of land on the side of a mountain in the middle of nowhere Vt. After doing some clearing of trees, they went to building a cabin. (my aunt, grandmother, and dad helped a bit too). It was amazing, but quaint. A 2 story situation with a kitchen living area and one door to get in and out. At some point my grandparent ended up selling their share to my uncle and he took over the entry of the place. Over the years my uncle, (who is a carpenter, furniture designer,design professor, and all out crazy amazing person), continured to work on the place. He has added on a kitchen, a second floor bathroom, new this, and that, but never has it once felt like a patchworker pieced together place. And now the place is more like a amazing craftsman home, with just the right touches of cabin, but with two running toilets, a beautiful kitchen, electricity and running water ( There is even internet access, which sucks, but still).It is a little gem nestled on a side of a tiny mountain in one the most beautiful places.
So an awesome cabin in the woods with a bunch of crazy, but awesome people= Stem family reunion.
Here are some pictures of the shenanigans..