20+ people gathered for outdoors, food, and friendship over Memorial Day weekend. Beaver Brook is a private cabin community in upstate New York approximately two hours from NYC. My friend Zach Klein founded it and invited me to join.

Favorite Photos

Poppy and Ian playing chess on Sunday morning during the rain

Group photo on Sunday afternoon, including: Amit, Meg, Brian, Grace, Ian, Christina, Idan, Zach, Courtney, Jamie, Irene, four or five kids, Floris, Katie, Emily, Derreck, Elsa, David, and many more adults!

Zach, Nell, and me at Sunday night’s community dinner


  • We went to Livingston Manner where our friend Noah Kalina had an art exhibit at The Laundry King.
  • I enjoyed sharing the bunkhouse bedrooms with my friends Amit and Megan, chatting and laughing before we went to sleep.

Flowers as garnish for Saturday’s breakfast with eggs

Coffee in a French press, waiting for boiling water


  • Cooking pizzas outdoors in the cob oven
  • Video of everyone gathering for our group photo
  • Big group dinner with 20+ friends
  • My friend Idan and I went in the wood-fired hot tub, and then swam in the Brook (very refreshing!)
  • Saw Brian and Grace’s cabin interior for the first time. Modern, warm, biggest windows I’ve ever seen in a cabin.

Beaver Brook, looking down from the bridge

Josie and Jamie on the porch near Scott’s Cabin

Nick the photographer and Poppy borrowing his camera

Idan basting the chickens from his hanging fire contraption

On the hammock with Poppy and Josie


  • Rainy mellow morning.
  • Several trays of bacon, a big bowl of eggs, toast, and endless coffee.
  • Playing a few games of Code Names.
  • I babysat kids in the castle area for a few minutes. Never have I spent so much time with kids in one weekend.

Poppy playing chess against Ian

Nell and Ellie in a rainy morning porch bath

Bath on the porch: Nell and Ellie

Code names is a fun game that we all played

Above video of me watching the kids by Ian!

Mamie, Kayvon, me, Zach, and Idan in the wood-fired hot tub


Zach Klein and Lew

Kayvon on the bridge

Monday evening, the last ones at the house

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