Hiking or camping lovers get a chance to enjoy the hidden beauty of nature. They get a chance to spot pretty interesting items in the wildlife. Beyond these items, the standard scenes of nature like rocks, trees, animals like squirrels and deer etc.
Mark Andre, the environmental services director for Arcata, California stumbled upon something that gave him a fascinating surprise. Mark had been working to harvest Arcata Community Forest when he saw something that he had never seen before. Although Mark had seen many different things this was not something quite right. Upon investing, he found something jaw-dropping.
Mark Andre from Arcata, California had devoted his life to an exploration of woods in northern California. His job was to spend most of his time in the wilderness, trying to find out interesting things in the forest.
One day during his routine round to mark trees to be harvested, he stumbled upon something past the trees that were not there when the last time visited the area. He saw a perfectly camouflaged cabin in the woods. It was clearly illegal to build a cabin in woods without permission. Mark walked to find out more about it.
The cabin was built in one of the most remote locations of the forest. The builder of the cabin surely had expected not to be discovered here but, unfortunately, he was spotted by the director of environment services.
Usually, such cabins are made in the woods just to get shelter for one night or two. This cabin was so well-constructed that it seemed completely random. It was 8 by 12 feet in measurement and was 15 feet high with a peaked roof, a porch, awning and plywood walls. The foundation of the cabin was solid concrete.
Mark stated that the cabin was constructed in a completely isolated place where it wouldn’t be detected ever. The most interesting fact was that there was no footsteps or any trials leading to the cabin. There was also no evidence of any environmental abuse or littering that usually occur in such places.
Mark called out forest technicians Nick Manfredonia and Javier Nogueira along with park ranger Heidi Groszmann to investigate the place. They trekked back to the site and opened the doors to find out what’s inside the cabin.
Heidi entered from the door with pointed gun shouting “Arcata Police” but no one answered. They all started to scour the contents to see if they could figure out who is the owner of the cabin.
The exploratory group found different quarters kept tidily in the house. There were different asserted cans of food in the kitchen area. Everything seemed ordinary but, there was much more to explore about it.
There was almost every item of necessity in the cabin like a tea kettle, coffee table, pot-bellied stove etc. It seemed like the owner was living an easy life without struggling out in the wilderness.
There was a small bookshelf in the other corner with books titled as “Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West” and “Catch me if you can”. The evidence helped the Rangers to suspect that there must be an old man living in the woods. The team found many other things in the cabin.
An important evidence was a handwritten note titled as “Things to do and get” which defined much about the inhabitant of the cabin. The list included tasks with dates to accomplish them like “get six-inch stovepipe flashing,” “build bench,” “season cast irons,” “extend brush wall,” and “Get tongs 1/22/11.”
The group also found a copy of The Lumberjack Newspaper dated back to March 25, 2015. The researchers started investigating to find out timeline when the owner of the cabin had lived there. They also found two driving licenses. Both of them belonged to different people which didn’t lead the team to any conclusions. They could only assume that these driving licenses may belong to some visitors. After finding nothing, the search team left an eviction notice for the inhabitant after which things got stranger more.
The search party returned to the site at a later date and found that the cabin was completely deconstructed. There was nothing on the site but only a charcoal squatter symbol on that spot. That’s the cleanest camp clean-up I’ve ever seen,” “There wasn’t a nail, not even a gum wrapper left behind.” said Michael McDowall, the natural resources technician for the Environmental Services Department.
The owner never showed up. It was pretty interesting how the owner deconstructed the cabin completely to avoid any legal trouble.
The mystery of the cabin still stands unresolved. The owner was never found but his dedication toward the construction and deconstruction of the cabin was appreciable.