My birthday isn’t a big deal to me, for the most part it’s just another day, but awhile back I got it in my head that I wanted to go away to a cabin for my next birthday. In particular—and thanks to Bob Kronbauer—I wanted to go to Bodega Ridge on Galiano Island.
My wonderful wife booked us in and this past weekend we made our way over with the kids. We had no set plans, brought books, food and drinks, and decided to just take things as they come. Opening the door and finding a bottle of Prosecco with a birthday note from Jesse and Co. was a great start.
Bodega Ridge is a nice property on the North-west coast of the island. Earlier this year—and again, thanks in-part to Bob— they stocked one of their ponds with Rainbow Trout. I brought rods and tackle for a little catch-and-release fun with the kids, but we never did get around to it. Instead, we explored the surroundings, cooked delicious meals and relaxed by the wood stove. Maybe next time.
It was so nice to get away and not really have to think about anything. That’s not to say we didn’t think, in fact, we did a lot of thinking about what we want to do for our future cabin on Gambier Island. Let’s just say we came back inspired. We’re also convinced that we’ll be back to Bodega Ridge. After all, I turn 40 next year.
The kids began camping when they were only a few months old and have been countless times since, so it’s in their blood. They’ve both been asking to go lately, but our schedule has been getting in the way, so we’ve set one of our tents up on the patio off of their room. It’s not the same, but they’re loving it.
This project was recently featured on Cabin Porn and it’s a very interesting approach to lifestyle living. Designed in 2008 by General Design Co., it’s a beautiful balance between camping and cabin life. You have a hut to cook, eat and relax in, but at night, you retire to the snug confines of a tent. Although, in this case, it’s a 2-metre dome tent, so maybe snug isn’t the right word.
Speaking of the tent, while I like the idea, it’s probably not the best choice for the long-term—modern tent materials don’t stand up well when exposed to a lot of UV radiation. Perhaps something like a tipi would a fare better.