Sunday, February 7, 2021

Dog Sledding!

Our log cabin is located in northern Michigan. We get a lot of snow and we always are looking for new winter activities to try.  One thing that has been on my bucket list for a long time is dog sledding. I've always been interested in the history of the Iditarod and marveled at the talent and pure joy of the sled dogs.

My husband knows I love experiences over material things so I was over the moon when he booked a dog sledding trip as my Christmas present.  They had a Michigan dog sled team at a local ski resort and I was able to do a 30 minute ride.  Watching the dogs bark and howl because they were anxious to go made me excited to go too! 

After riding through the snow, watching the dogs work together - I was even more amazed.  At the end of the ride I got to hug, pet and thank each one of them.  I can't wait to do this again! 


Friday, April 3, 2020

Wildlife Watching

Probably one of our favorite activities at the log cabin is to watch wildlife. This includes the birds (we have many feeders!), fox, coyote, deer, turkey and more.  In our northern Michigan town you can go to the Pigeon River Forest to try to catch a glimpse of the elk or head over to Gaylord's City Elk Park.

This nature park has a wild herd of elk on about 100 acres. They have been cared for by staff for over 14 years. They have approximately 70 elk and they are magnificent to behold!

Every spring I await the return of the Common Loons. This is one of my favorite birds! I love their complex behavior, their beautiful feathers and the haunting song they make on the lake.  They are the true sound of the north!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bear Country Log Homes

Hello! It's been a while since I've blogged. It's a crazy world out there right now. Just heard we will be on lock down for another 4 weeks during this coronavirus pandemic. 

I have quite a few people contact me that are feeling that urge that they would like to have their own log cabin in the woods - their own get-away.

Please visit my website at to get ideas for your dream log home. I have a floor plan book posted as well as a nice slide show of the interior design.

Stay safe and healthy!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas at the Log Cabin

Spending time at the log cabin over the Christmas season is always extra special. We love decorating for the holiday and enjoying all the winter activities.  The logs add a natural warmth and the scenery outside makes for a nice backdrop. 

Sitting in a comfortable chair, hot cocoa in hand and seeing the birds, trees and snow from the window is such a relaxing feeling.  As the snow accumulates in northern Michigan, we will break out our snow shoes and skis. As Andy Williams once sang, "it's the most wonderful time of the year!"

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall is coming!

I can't think of a better place to spend Autumn than at our log home in northern Michigan. Our fall decorations are out but nature puts on the best show.  This is also the time of year when migrating birds pass through so it's a great time to get out those binoculars. Bring on the hot apple cider and pumpkin pie!

P.S. Are you ready to plan your own log home dream? I can help you! Please visit my website at  We became dealers for Hiawatha Log Homes after we built one of their homes in 2008.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dogs love log cabins

Dogs love log cabins. They especially love the outdoor adventures that come with owning such a home and our dog Scout is no exception. We have been taking her boating on our small lake and enjoy watching her act like she's captain of the ship. She is also the official squirrel patrol leader. Many a bird feeder has been protected by our ever faithful dog. Dogs and log cabins just go together.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Finishing our log home basement

After 7 years in our log home, we finally finished the basement!  Well I take that back, it's about 80% finished.  We need to put up the ceiling and add more furniture but for the most part it's ready! 

Our log home was built on a sloping landscape so we added the walk out basement which greatly increased our living space.  I can't tell you how nice it is to sit on this couch and view the lake - it's frozen but it's still a lake view.  :-)

In other news we have ventured back into the log home business.  The economy is picking back up in Michigan and there are still great deals for land to build on in Northern Michigan.  If you are interested in a log home, please visit our website at www.bearcountryloghomes. We would love to help you make your log home dream a reality.