1. So, even though there's a cabin on the property, we've opted to set up a campsite instead of sleeping inside since learning that our little structure is already pretty crowded with existing tenants (bats, mice, and squirrels to name a few).
2. It's been incredible to observe the seasonal changes in the forest landscape since September of last year. The meadow has already filled in significantly this spring, becoming wilder with each visit—the grass is now up to our armpits and hot pink foxgloves teeter in the breeze.
3. Last time we were locking up the cabin on our way back to Portland, the door fell off of its hinges. We rigged up this makeshift door from plywood to "secure" the structure (which is pretty useless considering how much nature has already taken over the inside of it).
4. Our primary focus at the property thus far has simply been cleaning up all of the debris that was left inside, and around, the cabin. Judith's dad helped us haul away a ton and a half (literally) of junk earlier this year, but honestly, we're just getting started.
5. Lastly, some heavy duty demolition over the spring has revealed dry rot in many of the structural components of the cabin, so we've got some hard decisions ahead of us.