Everyone loves a good mystery. Imagine stumbling upon a cabin in the woods so well-concealed that you don’t even see it until you are practically walking in the front door.


Such was the case for forest ranger, Mark Andre. While out marking trees for timber harvest he came upon a cabin. “I didn’t see it until I was 12 feet from it,” he said.


“It’s in the perfect out-of-the way-spot where it wouldn’t be detected.”

The cabin measured 8x12-feet and was stocked with food provisions.



In addition, it featured some novelties, like a vintage type writer, wood stove, medical plant guides, a book entitled “Public Secrets,” and even a list of “Things To Do And Get.” Interesting, right?  The photos suggest the cabin was somewhat long-standing, and about to be expanded as one of the tasks was to “Extend Brush Wall.”


Other tasks like cleaning the windows, composting, and getting supplies like 6-inch stove pipe flashing were written on the chores list. The earliest identifiable date of use and occupation is 2011, with a recent task, “Curtains Hung” crossed off the list in 2014.

This obviously took a lot of work to construct. Yet, there was and is no evidence of transport of the supplies into or out of the area. Carting a wood stove, and plywood sheets through a dense forest can’t be easy, yet no trail had been blazed.

Building on public lands is prohibited. The approach taken by the ranger was to post an eviction notice to the cabin door (2015).


The ranger returned to the cabin a month later and evidence of the person vacating the premises was underway as items were missing.


Another trip to the cabin was taken by the ranger in less than two weeks. The cabin structure was gone. The wood stove was sitting there, along with some other items.


The next day… nothing. Zip. All gone. The entire structure and every stitch of belongings was gone, and again no trail.


The occupant left a calling card of sorts—a charcoal “squatter symbol” of a zig-zag arrow through a circle; “The circle represents the building, and the arrow represents the squatter. The squatter goes in (line in), stays for a while (line in the middle), and then leaves (arrow!),” according to Mad World News sources.


Wouldn’t you love to chat with the person who built the cabin?

Source: Mad World News

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