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Sep 24, 2020

A Harebrained Dream of Building a Cabin in the Woods

It sounds like a fantasy: join forces with a good friend to build a sweet little cabin in the woods. (Photo: Bryan Schatz)
It sounds like a fantasy: join forces with a good friend to build a sweet little cabin in the woods.

It sounds like a fantasy: join forces with a good friend to build a sweet little cabin in the woods. And for Bryan Schatz and Patrick Hutchison, that’s exactly how it felt. They took time away from promising careers to pursue a dream of crafting a base camp for adventures in an idyllic spot in Washington’s Cascade Range. There was just one problem: they had no idea what they were doing. Their planned summer project turned into a yearlong saga that drained their bank accounts and stressed their relationships with family, friends, and each other. But they stuck it out and ended up not only with a gorgeous cabin but a new perspective on what matters most in life.


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