The Cabin


Comfort and safety

The things we think are most important at the Naples Cabin are:

  1. Your safety. You are a long way from the nearest hospital since the cabin is not on a road. If there is an emergency, call 911. You are at 7368 Rhine Street, Naples. There is a first aid kit above the sink in the locked box.
  2. Fire prevention. If you have an outdoor fire, fill bucket of water beforehand to put it out. For the indoor wood stove, be sure your fire is mostly out before departing.
  3. Critter abatement. Mice, bugs, raccoons, and platipi would love to get inside the cabin and snack on food. They leave a mess.  Prepare and eat food outside, and make sure doors and windows without screens are securely shut at night and when you leave. 


Feel free to use anything you see in the cabin. The books, games, sporting equipment, etc. are yours to use. An exception is the slide, which is the  hulking metal thing you see on the ceiling. The cabin was originally built as a kid’s playhouse. We leave the slide in the up position now to avoid death and dismemberment of our guests.



There is a sink that gets fed from a tank that gets water from the roof.  Don’t drink this water. Use it for washing. You will have at least 20  gallons of rainwater for your stay in the small barrel that feeds the cabin. If it rains during your stay, a bright side is that your barrel gets filled. We will bring more of you run out.

There is not much water pressure at the sink inside the cabin. You get just a trickle. The one in the outdoor kitchen has good pressure


Drinking Water

Drink the water from the two red and yellow Igloo coolers. That comes from the Naples municipal water supply. If you run out, we will bring more.



You will find dishes in a basket in the cabin on the red cabinet. Utensils are in the outdoor kitchen, Upon checkout, you can cleab them in the outdoor sink and leave them in the sink or on the drying rack to the right.  Do not put dirty dishes back in the basket. 

Garbage & Recycle

The metal bin in the outside kitchen area can be used for clean empty cans and bottles. You can leave those if you wish and we can recycle them.

We will bring garbage and recyclables down when we pick up your luggage at the end of your trip. If you want to empty either mid-visit, you can walk them down. The large green container by the house is for garbage and the two small green containers are for recyclables. Recyclables  are mixed. 

If you have a dog, you can use the small shovel by the porch steps to pick up after it and toss it into the tall grass. (Avoid walking around in the tall grass, especially with nice shoes.) 

Building a Fire

Feel free to build a fire in the wood stove. In case it’s been a while, here is a suggested process:

1) Gather kindling. Dry pine twigs are the best.

2) Crumble some paper. Or use one of the fire starter cubes on the shelf behind the stove.

3) Put the kindling on top of the paper.

4) Remove the plate under the stove door.

5) Light the paper. There are matches in the white medicine cabinet.

6) Close the door.

You will begin to hear a woosh of air enter the stove and the fire will grow. After that you can add sticks the size of your thumb, then your wrist, then eventually cordwood. Keep in mind that you do not want to leave the cabin with a fire in the stove, so keep those larger logs off the fire unless you are there for the night.

We left you some cordwood by the tree outside the cabin. You may find some pine boards there as well. The pine is only for starting fires. Once it is started use the hardwood. Feel free to forage for more wood and kindling.

You can use the damper (the little triangle-shaped knob at about eye-level on the chimney pipe, will increase or decrease the amount of air leaving the chimney) to slow the burn. 

When you depart, make sure it is out or down to embers.

Coffee and Tea
The cabin has its own coffee and tea setup. Fill the kettle with the water from the red and yellow coolers. Place it on the butane stove and turn the knob all the way to the left. This makes a spark and lights the flame. You know the rest.

There is a ceiling fan that might give you some comfort on a hot day. You will also see a small fan on the shelf.

The font door has a screen door, so you can leave the front door open if you want. 

There are two vertical vents on either side of the two large windows behind the ladder. You can pull those open with the handle.

Downstairs there is a porch door. There is no screen, so only leave it open on bugless days.

Leave the downstairs window by the door closed. The upper sash has no counterweight so if you were to unlock it, it may come crashing down.

Curtains facing the lake can be folded and thrown above the window.

Curtains behind the ladder can be rolled up and hung at the top on two screws.


For light in the evening, you can use the electric string lights. If you want to read, you can use the USB plug-in light. There is also a flashlight.

The electric panel is by the door. To power it up, first you turn on the large switch in the lower box to the up position. You will see a blue glow after you do this. Then you can begin randomly trying the switches to see what they turn on.

The system looks a little intimidating but that’s just for effect. It’s safe and your kids are welcome to try the switches. 


You can make a bed wherever you wish. There are 2 foam mattresses upstairs and a two person futon. You can move matresses downstairs if it is hot upstairs.

At the end of your stay you can put all the used beddings downstairs. Wet towels can be hung outside or draped over the edge of the hamper our outside by the shower.