Why “Better” Matters

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Abandoned after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1981, our Randle home sat empty for a decade before we rescued it in 1991. It was a falling-down wreck when we bought it—so decrepit it wasn’t even included in the valuation of the property.

The house as we found itThe porches had fallen down, the foundation had slipped, and only the moss kept the roof intact.

Despite that, our family and friends enjoyed long weekends in this idyllic getaway two hours from Seattle. Some of our best times were when it was still just a “stationary tent,” with no doors, windows, electricity, running water or indoor plumbing.

Porch columns and door on the floorLooking toward the fireplace; new window; porch supports & door on the floor.

Drilling the wellWe hauled water until we drilled a well. We hired a water witcher and ended up drilling a 165-foot deep well.

We cooked on the campfire, used Coleman…

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