Forest Ranger Accidentally Finds a Mysterious Hidden Cabin In The Forest But There Is An UNTHINKABLE Surprise Inside!

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When someone doesn’t wish to be seen or found, they often go to the most isolated, rural place they can find in the middle of the woods.  To survive for any extended amount of time there you would need to know a lot about the native flora and fauna, how to make shelter so that it can withstand the weather and climate, how to find food, make a fire, get clean drinking water, and the list goes on. 

Most people don’t have this sort of knowledge about basic and essential survival skills and even those who do might not be able to rough it in the wild for more than a few days at a time.

With that in mind, clearly whoever set up this impressive squatter’s camp in the middle of a Northern California forest knew what they were doing.  They expertly constructed a house that was virtually undetectable from even just a few steps away until Mark Andre, the Environmental Services director in Arcata, California, stumbled across it on a walk in the woods one day. 

He had been out marking trees that needed to be harvested in an area of the Arcata Community Forest he hadn’t visited in quite some time when up ahead he spotted something. When he moved in to investigate the strange sight it dawned on him that he’d found a very well camouflaged cabin in the middle of the woods!

Whoever had built the cabin picked the most remote, out of the way spot in the forest in hopes of not ever being found.  The illegal building had been made by someone who knew what they were doing, and it was the most elaborate find Mark had ever seen. 

Measuring 8 by 12 feet and about 15 feet tall, it was up on concrete blocks and had features like a peaked roof, front porch with awning, plywood walls covered in tarps, and windows.  The entire outside blended naturally with the forest as it was covered in either brown tarps or branches and leaves.

Just the cabins presence alone was strange, but Mark and other investigators who looked at the house noticed a number of other quirks.  One was that there were no worn paths anywhere around the house. Whoever came and went from it had been careful to take a different way every time. 

It was also very clean and orderly, something not common at illegal campsites which are often trashed and disgusting. The person who had made this had respect for nature and wasn’t out there doing even more illegal things.

After initially finding the cabin Mark did not go inside, instead he waited to do so when he was with an environmental services team investigating the illegal build site.  When he returned with the team, they had to break open a lock on the front door and after announcing their presence they entered the cabin. Inside it was neat and orderly with cans and jars of sealed food lined up on shelves and a tea kettle alongside a potbellied stove. 

A bookshelf held an assortment of old VHS tapes and books, including “Catch Me if You Can” and “Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West.” They also found lists of things the cabin owner needed to do and get that was dated, as well as a copy of a Humboldt State University newspaper being used as kindling in the stove.  The dated objects gave them an idea of how long the person had been living there, which was at least from 2011-2015. 

Before leaving the team posted an eviction notice on the front door with contact information, but no one ever called.  They returned about one month later to check on the site and found that the person was moving out. When they came back a couple of weeks after that, the entire area was cleaned up and nothing remained of the cabin.  The place was spotless save for one thing; the international symbol for squatter was written on the ground in charcoal.  

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When She Bought This Broken Down Cabin From The 1950’s Nobody Thought She Would Do THIS With It

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About two hours northwest of New York City lies the tiny hamlet of Narrowsburg, New York. As of 2010 the village’s population was just 431 people and Tina Spangler is one of the residents who calls it home.

After living in the hectic city for years she was ready for a change of pace and scenery. The peaceful, scenic mountains upstate drew her to them and in 2004 she moved to the Luxton Lake area part of town after purchasing a foreclosed cottage that had originally been built in the 1950’s.

The house needed a lot of work but the structure had stood up against the elements over time and overall it was still in good shape. What initially drew her eye towards what the property could become was the hardwood floors, and after further inspection Tina decided she could do a lot with the place once she cleaned it up and did a few renovations.

Once the house was updated Tina set about filling it with items and antiques that she had collected over the years. She loves retro décor from the 1930-40s and while attending college in Boston she came across an apartment whose previous owner left behind a bunch of furnishings from that era.

Ever since then she’s been steadily accumulating various pieces and adds anything interesting that she happens to come across to her collection. Even her refrigerator is a monitor-top type from the 1930’s and the cupboards are filled with Fire King Jadeite cups and dishes.

In the living room a linoleum rug dating back to the 1920’s graces the floor and protects the hardwood underneath. All throughout the cottage are unique and interesting pieces, from old glass bottles to Joseph Unger paintings that hang on the wall.

The end result is that when you go through the doorway into Tina’s house it’s like taking a step back time. The retro furnishings and comfortable surroundings transport you to another era and the overall feel of the house is that it’s been lived in and loved.

When explaining her interior decorating style, Tina sums it up perfectly when she says “my goal isn’t to have a perfect house, it’s just to have a house full of things that I love and that have a history.” From the looks of it all, it appears that she has accomplished that goal.

Check out the video to take a tour of Tina’s 1950’s Luxton Lake cottage and see all of the neat things she’s collected over the years. She knows her stuff well and explains some of the items history in great detail.

All in all, the space she has created in the once run down building is warm, comfy, inviting, and makes it feel like a home again.

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