By now, those of you who have been following along here on our September 2020 visit to our Cabin in Manley Hot Springs, realize that we have three structures on our property.
The below photos, looking up the driveway into our property, show these three structures.
The cabin that we live in, is the furthest cabin up the driveway.
Below are photos showing other sides of the Front Cabin.
One extremely cold night (and I mean cold, perhaps minus 50°F), I was up at the post office. I mean it was really cold. A man came up to me and told me that his snow machine had malfunctioned and he desperately needed a place to spend the night.
What to do? I did not want to house him at my place because I could smell that he had been drinking heavily and I did not trust his behaviour. On the other hand how could I refuse him? Would I just walk away from him? Ignore him?
This I could not do. So I walked across the road to the cabin owned by Bob, the owner of the Post Office and Community Store. Bob had lived in Manley for many (I mean MANY) years and I presented the visitor to him. And? Bob took the man in for the night and assisted him the next morning. I will say this, Bob was a very big (as in physically BIG) man.
When Bob died suddenly some years later, at his funeral I got up and told this story of how Bob had perhaps saved this man's life and in so doing, saved me a great deal of personal angst.
And? I vowed this would never again happen to me. What did I do? I put a wood burning stove into the Front Cabin. Had this situation ever happened again, I would have happily housed any visitor in the Front Cabin, no matter his condition.
And? You do something really good in the universe, and sure enough, you yourself benefit.
Patti and I love to fire up the wood stove in the Front Cabin and just while-away cold evenings roasty, toasty warm.
We have the facilities necessary to do the deal. You need to manufacture the necessary kindling.
When you're working around fire, a pair of welder's gloves are invaluable to protect your hands.
You begin with some newspaper and some kindling wood.
Then you light the newspaper.
The fire felt just great as it was at, or somewhat below, freezing (32°F) in mid-September. The water in the below bucket was frozen over.
Don't believe me? It supported my warm cap.
Step outside and you can see the smoke from the fire in the stove.
Ah yes dinner in the front cabin on our very hot wood stove.
We elevated our Zatarains Red Beans and Rice off the stove to let it cool just a little.
Oh yes! There is the clean-up necessary after you have finished your pleasant visit in front of the stove.