A Rustic Cabin

Finding a Sense of Place

By Dennis Dauble

Nonfiction, 216 pages
Softcover, 5.5" x 8.5"

ISBN 979-8-8834-6977-9

Dennis Dauble, is a retired fisheries biologist who's authored multiple books on his piscatorial pursuits, as well as one of the Northwest's seminal natural history guides to aquatic life in "Fishes of the Columbia Basin." In this, his newest title, he casts his line in a new direction, telling of his quest for, and subsequent adventures with, a cabin in the rural Northwest.

After searching the slopes of northeastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains for five years, Dauble stumbles upon a circa 1940 log cabin located inside a former dude ranch/hot springs resort in the Umatilla River canyon. Through it all — the fixups, 100-year flood, passing of loved ones - nineteen years of ownership have passed with no regret and many cherished memories. Part natural history, part memoir, and part practical advice, "A Rustic Cabin" is an entertaining account of one man’s dream of owning a cabin near a rushing trout stream.

For anyone who's ever longed for their own "place in the woods, Dauble's love of place and family will raise your spirit and fill your heart with delight.

Here's praise from early reviewers of "A Rustic Cabin."

“A cool mountain breeze wisps through the pines, carrying birdsong and the sharp scent of evergreen. The Umatilla River tumbles in the distance, offering rainbow trout on the fly. The fresh aroma and bitter satisfaction of sipping coffee on the porch, the follies of family gatherings ... Every outdoorsman dreams of a cabin in the woods — a dream that Dennis Dauble shares in masterful detail.” -- Bradly Trumbo author of Wingshooting the Palouse

“If you care deeply about your sense of place in the world, perhaps you, like Dennis Dauble, have dreamt of a rustic cabin. In these pages infused with memories of work and wisdom, of fortitude and forgiveness, redolent of the essences of moss and morels, one finds the recipe for simple living.” -- Gary Lewis TV host and author of Fishing Central Oregon, Fishing Mount Hood Country and John Nosler Going Ballistic

“Dauble generously carves off a slice of memories from regular visits to an (almost) riverside cabin. As he knits those memories into stories, you can feel him tugging at the unseen threads that bind us all together. It’s been a while since I dreamed of living in a rustic cabin, but Dauble didn’t just reawaken that wish — he transported me there.” -- Lisa Maloney author of Day Hiking Southcentral Alaska and Moon Alaska

“This book should disabuse the faint-in-heart of any romantic notions of owning a cabin in the woods. Though it’s equally likely to send you running to your real estate agent in search of one for yourself. Dauble writes with a wonderful mix of humor, realism, knowledge, and a close attention to both nature and human behavior.” -- Matthew Dickerson author of The Salvelinus, The Sockeye, and the Egg-Sucking Leech and A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek


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