adventure journal weekend cabin just room enough island

Back in the 1950s, a family named Sizemore eyed this little rock in the St. Lawrence River, between Ontario and New York, and saw an escape from the conformist demands of Cold War era life. Nice try – as it turns out, the getaway they built was so unique, as well as appealing, it became a tourist destination.

Called Just Room Enough Island, the speck has space for the house, a couple of chairs, and a tree – and it’s that tree that gives it island status. There are 1,864 islands in the Thousand Islands archipelago, each of which has to be more than square foot, be above water all year, and support one living tree. Check, check, and check.

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.