Sunday, September 26, 2010

Grandpa's Cabin

About a block away from this little cabin are remnants of my great grandparents home that burned down several years ago. They had nowhere to go and some nice gentleman let them live in this cabin for free. When Dad was growing up, he moved here to Elba to live with his grandparents during high school. I've seen this home a few times before but this time as Lance and I stopped while camping, he lightly pushed the door to see if it was open. No lock or wood was anywhere and the door came right open. I was a little scared to walk in and wasn't sure if the floor was going to hold me so I quickly took pictures of the rooms. I've never seen this before and my dad hasn't been in there since high school. My great grandparents (Pettingill's) lived and died here, Grandma being the last in the 1970's. I'm not sure if all this property inside is theirs or not, I know a few years ago the actual property sold to a local and I think he may use some of it for storage? I'm not really sure. I need to figure out more of my family history, obviously. This trip was a gold mine, never in my life did I ever think I'd see inside this cabin.

Little outhouse.

The living room.

This room is to the left when you walk in the front door. There were about 6-7 of these large barrels of grape concentrate. I kicked one and it sounded quite empty.
The kitchen.
Old green shag carpet between the living room and kitchen.

Old yearbook page I found on the kitchen floor.

This room is to the left of the kitchen. I'm not sure what kind of a nest is on the window sill and I wasn't going to find out.

Grandpa's dryer to the right of the kitchen.

City of Rocks

Who knew there was cactus in Idaho?

The rock we climbed was maybe 15 feet. I'm terrified of heights but I conquered my fears on this baby!
Johnny explaining the water holes to Lance.

Bath Rub Rock. This is another popular one for rock climbing and on the top are large holes (as seen above) where water is trapped all year round.

I don't know the name of this rock but just so you can get the idea of the size, can you find the five rock climbers below? Hint: one of them is center right, he's shirtless and is hard to find.
This is Camp Rock. A quarter of a million pioneers passed through this area of Elba and Almo to find gold in California. They wrote their names and year in this huge rock using axle grease. I can only imagine their thoughts as they crossed the country and then pass through here finding these magnificent rocks.

Pumpkin Rock - the actual name. When I was kid we'd come here quite frequently and my grandpa Pettingill always wanted to see Molly's Nipple. I have to yet to discover who Molly is.

Teddy Bear Rock. Although from this angle it looks more like a dog.

Old remnants of a home on private property. I found a few dates, 1909 and 1905.