Many people going up to the beautiful Bear Lake have looked across the way and have seen a giant shoe. Yep, that’s right. A house made into a shoe. Quite the novelty. My kids and I got the opportunity, not only to visit this shoe house, but to stay inside! What else am I going to do but write about this…
First off, I should mention that the reason why we were given this opportunity was because my children were cast in their first movie by the twins who grew up in this shoe house. Lucy and Max Nebeker. They have a film production company called Caster & Pollux Studios. Lucy was gracious enough to take time out of her day to tell me a little bit about the history of this lake home.
Grandpa Conrad H. Nebeker was raised on this beautiful lake that their ancestors helped settle in the early 1930’s. He was a doctor who was very well loved. He was quite an eccentric man and thought that it would be a great idea to turn his house into a fairy tale. He grabbed his friend, Steve Songer, a well known artist, to help with the creation and got to work on his storybook world.
Since Grandpa built it himself, there have been a lot of problems throughout the years, but that is one thing that gave this house it’s personality and charm. The paintings made it come alive with their ostentatious colors. And even though they would spend practically every weekend there, and every summer all throughout their lives, to this day, Lucy still finds herself discovering some new little detail she never saw before. There were all kinds of paintings on the walls, inside and out, that played into the Rocky Mountain Mythology. And every year they would have to work hard to keep the paintings fresh. It was not always fun and games growing up in this house, they had to work hard, but they managed to do it and keep the paintings vibrant and fresh.
Now there was a legend that there had been monster sightings at Bear Lake in the mid 1800’s, so, naturally, when the twins were five or six, about 1999-2000, Grandpa also built a boat…a monster boat, in honor of Max. It was really just an extension of the house. (We didn’t get to take a ride on the boat this time.)
I asked Lucy what it was like growing up there. She said, “It was wonderful to have a little bit of magic.” She said there was only one part of her life that she was a bit embarrassed to be living in “The Shoe” when she was a teenager, (of course.) That didn’t last long though, and she grew out of that phase and fell back in love with it. “I think it was the era that it was made that gave it so much charm. It wouldn’t go over as well these days.” But twins growing up inside of a fairy tale shoe house, sleeping in the “Three Bears Room,” turned them into the storytellers they are, which seems like a story book rhyme of it’s own.
This was an experience my kids and I truly enjoyed. Staying in the shoe AND filming their first movie all at once. They are excited to go back and pick some raspberries later on this summer so we can make our own fabulous fresh raspberry shakes that we all know Bear Lake is famous for!
Please find out more about Lucy and Max’s production company by visiting their website. I will also be posting about the filming of this film when it is ready to be released. I have some great pics of my kids and their dad, David H. Stevens, who is the reason all of this was possible in the first place!
Thanks for the fun adventure!