Summer 2004 - Solitude Lodge Construction
In the summer of 2004, Dale and Dan and a small crew were back in the woods to prepare for the constuction of another large log building. Solitude Lodge would be a bedroom annex to Vertebrae Lodge, providing about 9500 sq. ft. more living space for 12 more clients and staff. Logging was done in the early spring, while there was still lots of snow for skidding the logs with the snowcats. The mill was fired up and worked steadily for over two months, creating a large supply of dimensioned lumber. With a large new excavator to help the crane, the log construction went quickly, and the building was completed for occupancy by January, 2005. In one short summer, Chatter Creek graduated to a 36-client operation.