Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The YWAM Colorado at Cimarron Root Cellar

This is an adaptation of a blog post I made on my homesteadblogger blog back in September of 2007.  I loved this old root cellar where we lived in Colorado and hope some day to have one of our own.

This is the YWAM Cimarron root cellar.  I love it!  It has been there for over 20 years, and stores so much food for the base.  Much of it we canned during the summer and fall.  It also stored our veggies for the garden, our eggs, lots of bottled drinks from the food bank, and frequently even hung our big game until we butchered it.  Smelling of must and wood chips, the cellar with its cool temps and mouse droppings and food gathered with love and hard work, that old cellar was one of my favorite parts of the base.


Over the door was this nest.  I love it.  I didn’t see it while it had occupants, but to me it just added life to this wonderful old place.

 


There were actually two doors.  This helped to control the temperature, and also was bear-proof, which was very important up in the San Juan mountains.


Next is the right side of the cellar on the inside.  At times this can be nearly full of potatoes, onions, cauliflower or other fresh veggies.   When I took the picture it had some heads of cauliflower, a few potatoes and some cabbages.


On the opposite side we stored the canned goods and drinks.


In the back we had two of these bins that stored root veggies like carrots in sand.
  


I hope you enjoyed our little journey into the YWAM Cimarron root cellar.  If you have ever blogged about a root cellar, leave me a link.  I’d love to go visit it!

6 comments:

Jenn4him said...

Now that's a root cellar!

Letitia said...

Hey Carol,
thank you for stopping by...and remembering me! : ) I haven't been on the homeschoolblogger but a couple of times since they changed it. It was making me crazy! : ) I keep intending to start a new blog, but just haven't gotten to it yet.
Briana is getting married in a little over 4 months, so I have been busy, busy helping her plan, shop, and gather! What fun it is, and a bittersweet time.
I hope all is going well for you and your family. I really miss all of you, and need to get my act together. I keep up with a lot of the old bloggers on facebook, so that helps. I will let you know if I get a new one up and running. Much love to all of you!

Melissa said...

What a great root cellar!

Canadagirl said...

I remember that cellar! *grin* I remember being soooooooo impressed by it. Drooling and wishing we had one. [0= Hmmmm maybe one day. We have a root cellar but we only keep root veggies in it. And we have our pantry for the canned goods and dry goods.

I am sorry I didn't get over here sooner. We have all been sick. ((sigh))

Sending you huge blessings and ((HUGS))
In Him<><
-Mary

Illinois Lori said...

Wow, what a neat place! I just love things like this, too...God is so good to have made the earth under our feet just perfect to store the bounty of the garden thru the wintertime! Really neat visual trip, thanks so much for sharing it!

Blessings,
Lori

The Last Frontier said...

What a GREAT root cellar ---- I will dream of that one. I can see why it was one of your favorite places.