In the third week of our hiatus between houses, we're house sitting for a young family who is on vacation. Isn't it a lovely little house?
And it's almost a log cabin!
Yes, it looks like logs, but it's really log siding - a popular style around here.
The most interesting thing about this house and neighborhood is that it's a survivor. Built in 1947, this house was already an older home during the flood of 1972.
On June 9, 1972, Rapid City was hit with a devastating flood that has been classified as one of the deadliest floods in US history. More than 1330 homes were destroyed and 238 people lost their lives. The floodwater at its highest level reached 15' 9". As you can imagine, the memories of that flood live on today.
If you go to the SDPB link and scroll through the pictures, the 7th and 8th pictures are aerial shots showing Canyon Lake. This little cabin we're staying in is located just past the top of the picture and to the left of the road. When the dam at Canyon Lake broke on June 9, 1972, this house and neighborhood were mere yards from the wall of rushing water.
While we're enjoying our stay in this house, I can't help think about the flood that happened not all that long ago. The city determined that such devastation would never happen again, and turned the ruined neighborhoods into green spaces. There are flood control areas where the banks on both side of the creek below the dam have been widened to handle extra water in case of another flood and other steps have been made to prevent the kind of damage and loss of life the city experienced in 1972.
Of course, there isn't a lot of cooking going on while we're in our little cabin. I brought my Instant Pot, and have used it a few times. We had Chili Verde for a couple meals (recipe here), and I use it to make oats for our breakfasts a couple times a week.
I've also been making my breakfast smoothies (sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for lunch) from last week's post (recipe here).
And of course, since it's summer, sometimes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is just enough for a quick meal.
But even though we're thankful for our various temporary houses, we're counting down the days until we get to move into our new home...