The Adventure Journal recently posted an article and video (see below) about John Coffer, a man who, fed up with his modern life in Florida, purchased 50 acres in upstate New York upon which he built, completely by hand, the log cabin dream. From Adventure Journal:
Twenty-five years ago, John Coffer punted on a typical materialistic life in Florida and moved to upstate New York, where he set himself up on 50 acres in a log cabin, downshifted, and apparently figured out a fulfilling, satisfying life for himself revolving around subsistence, consideration, and slow photography. In this short, pastoral little vignette from Lost & Found Films, Coffer speaks without haste about his days…sleeping until 9 if he wants, how the irregularities of his cabin reflect the natural world, and why making tintype pictures is more intention and significant. Coffer is no Luddite — he has solar, a wind generator, and a laptop — but he’s chosen and seems to be completely in full with a life outside the rushing stream. If you’ve ever thought about bailing and escaping to a simpler, quieter existence, you’ll want to watch this.