i want to be him when i grow old

Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness, California.

While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead was put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. He built a small cabin using materials from the property. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.

Filmed by Grace Jackson.

“It’s not that I don’t like people. I do. I just don’t like swarms of them.” Amen.

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  1. I can take you to see his cabin. Sweet easy backpack trip into Pine Valley and it is a little slice of heaven in there. I hear he still makes fiddle bows in his shed out there despite arthritic hands. He was in town for medical appts when i was in there last. They say they are flying him in via helicopter these days – too old to hike.
    Jacks Cabin

    • So it’s really ‘five miles from the nearest road’ not ‘five miles from the nearest sealed road’? I figured he was driving in via dirt road … not hiking in and out! Wow!!

      My guy and I want to upgrade our car camping to backpacking; I would like to talk with you about gear.


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