Last time I was here I was in a different state-of-mind altogether. This place is a genesis of sorts.
When you walk from the main room to the bedroom, there's this hallway in the back. You stand and watch through a floor-to-ceiling glass window a scene of a sublimely flowing creek, including a tiny waterfall poised delicately in the earth, framed by grass and the forest beyond, emitting a warbling of low, sweet tones. I knew this place existed because I came here after my father died. I'm talking about the next day, immediately. But I remember even at that time, the environment was a vessel for inspiration. It hums.
The cabin has this creative spirit insulating its walls, it faces the lens within, everything is more enjoyable and slowed down. And when you want to go outside, it's there waiting for you, immediately at your feet--the redwoods, all of them standing at attention, arms mast outward like someone about to give a hug.
It has one of those old-your father's stereos in the den, behind the center-of-the-room fireplace. The speaker's rumbling bass reflects off the walls, across the old plank wood floors, filling the open rafters up to the ceiling with this sacred energy.
The lighting makes it feel like a hunting lodge, everything cast in a rich amber glow then enhanced further by wooden walls and 6-hour embers in the fireplace. It pulls something out of its inhabitants, something inspired, primeval and instinctual.
It emerges while lighting the fire with your wits and hands to stay warm, mending the connection lacked in over-civilized life. There's bark still on the wood you're burning. You feel the heat directly, and it fills you with gratitude and the cabin with the scent of this old smoky aroma that's known a thousand fires. And there you are, building your own little contribution to the ethos. The next fire.
Song of the day: Mah Moud - "Sigada"
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