As crazy as it sounds, one of the reasons I love my annual week at the beach is the five-hour drive down to North Carolina. Sure, I usually have to battle Washington's rush hour, but I really don't mind the traffic. By that point I'm in the car, iPod plugged in, air conditioning on—I'm on my way!
And once I get going, I simply cruise along and enjoy the scenery. I don't make phone calls or listen to books on tape. Instead, I simply watch the world go by. But this year was a little different. Before I even got to Fredericksburg (only 50 minutes away from my starting point) I had already seen my first log model home, sitting up on a ledge, looking out on to Interstate 95. About a half hour later, I saw another one. Then, around Williamsburg, I came across the Great Wolf Lodge
, a family resort and water park that's completely constructed of logs. And while I was heading down the home stretch, on North Carolina's 168, I saw four quaint cabins, perched on the side of the two-lane road. By the time I pulled up to our beach house, it's safe to say I was in log-home heaven!
Which got me to thinking.... before starting at Log Home Design
, I knew nothing about log homes. Now, four years later, I can't get enough of them. The different styles, the design and construction process, the people who build them—I really love it all. But I think what I love most is what comes from them once they're built. When speaking with readers, I never get sick of hearing about what log homes means to them. To some, it's the good times they've had in their own home, while for others it's childhood memories or perhaps the dream of building a log home in the future.
So, I want to know, what do log homes mean to you? If you feel like sharing, log on to our web site to enter the 3rd Annual Log Home Essay Contest
. From the entries, we'll pick one winner to receive a four-day, three-night stay at Idaho's Tamarack Resort. But hurry—the deadline is July 14th!