Somebody built a little cabin way out in the woods in a Federal forest out in Northern California.
It apparently had been there for a few years before a Forest Ranger literally stumbled upon it.
He said he got withing twelve feet of it before he saw it, it was hidden so well.
He went back with some help and broke in, looking to see if they could identify whoever it was that built the place and put an eviction notice on the door. They found a neatly stocked little shack with canned goods, a stove, an old typewriter and a hand written list the mystery occupant had made for things they wanted to get for the cabin.
They took pictures of the insides then left.
They came back a month later and most of the contents were gone without a trace.
They came back a couple weeks later after that and the whole cabin and everything in it was gone, without a trace!
Now you see it, now you don't!
Whoever did all this left a cryptic sign on the ground informing them that it was a squatters hideout.
They still have no idea who did it or where they went.
While marking trees to be harvested for the first time in 30 years, a forest ranger stumbled across quite the odd sight. Although he didn’t see it until he was just 12 feet away, he found an eerie cabin hidden in the woods – and that’s when he discovered the creepy mystery inside.
Mark Andre, now an Environmental Services director in Arcata, California, was marking trees in the forest when he looked up and saw something out of place. “I didn’t see it until I was 12 feet from it,” he said. “It’s in the perfect out-of-the-way spot where it wouldn’t be detected.”
Look very carefully in the middle background of this picture.
Someone had crafted an entire cabin in the woods measuring about 8’ by 12’ and about 15 feet tall. The most intriguing part came as Mark noticed the location was immaculate. Without the normal environmental abuse associated with forest campsites, there weren’t even any trails showing how anyone brought in the materials to craft the structure.
Other things inside consisted of canned foods and even a “things to get” list that dated the first thing crossed off the list back in 2011, indicating the cabin had probably been there since at least then. Although those searching the premises still couldn’t figure out who the cabin belonged to, Mark posted an eviction notice on the front door along with his contact information, but this is where things get even weirder.
A month later, they returned to the cabin to check on things, but they found the cabin a bit disheveled. As it turns out, the owner had found the eviction notice and had started moving out. Just as before, there were no trails left behind to show which way they headed.
Less than two weeks later, they came back to find that the cabin was gone. Although there were a few of the larger things, such as the wood stove and some other furnishings, it was mostly gone. Once again, even the access routes to the site showed virtually no wear and no one reported seeing anyone hauling heavy items down the trails.
The next day, there wasn’t anything left – everything was gone. “That’s the cleanest camp cleanup I’ve ever seen,” said Michael McDowall, natural resources technician for the city’s Environmental Services department. “There wasn’t a nail, not even a gum wrapper left behind.”
The resident did add a bit more mystery to the entire ordeal as he did leave behind an odd symbol made of charcoal. According to reports, it was the international squatter symbol. “The circle represents the building, and the arrow represents the squatter. The squatter goes in (line in), stays for a while (line in the middle), and then leaves (arrow!).”
To this day, Mark and his crew still haven’t been able to identify the person responsible. They did venture to guess that it was an older individual with life experience and minimal material needs. “The thoughtfully composed, uncluttered tiny house appears to be the work of someone who knows who they are and what they need,”
That is a level of sneaky that is hard to believe.
There are more pictures at the link HERE.
H/T to Survivalblog for the story link.