A boy and his Yurt

This entry goes out to Deborah (http://bijouxusa.spaces.live.com/) who was intrigued by the idea of a yurt…as Ellen says "HOLLA!"

I truly love my yurt!  I do honestly.  There is just something that borders on a spiritual quality about these round structures with a conical roof and clear dome that directs your attention upward towards the sky, so very enlightening in and of itself.  Of course yurts have their origin in Mongolia where the nomadic tribes would set up yurts and cover them with animal skins.  Even to this day you can travel to Mongolia and see villages of yurts.  Better yet, stay at home and rent the movie “The Story of the Weeping Camel”.  It’s a true story about a camel in Mongolia (llamas and alpacas are part of the Camelid family) and what they do to try and get her to take care of her new offspring.  Quite moving and was nominated for an Oscar in the documentary category. 


Several years ago, we decided that we wanted to take our regular tent camping to the next level and try “semi-permanent” camping at the gay and lesbian campground (up the road from where the ranch is located).  Essentially, instead of putting up a tent each weekend, we’d buy a larger tent and leave it up the entire season.  Well, the large family tent worked well the first year we did this, but it just wasn’t enough.  There were some campers building temporary cabins with walls that they could pop up and then pop down flat at the end of the season (there is lots of snow over the winter there).  That next year, we decided we just had to have a yurt.  We had stayed in one on San Juan Island one time and it stuck in the back of my mind resonating like a tarot card dealing out destiny. I knew somehow this would be on my path. 


The yurt at the campground was a big hit. It almost became an attraction of its own accord.  People would come down for a tour.  Since it was round, we naturally had decided that the inside should that the theme of a Genie bottle complete with tapestries hanging from the rafters and Tibetan prayer shawls outlining the center dome ring.  Some of the best night’s sleeps were had in that cozy yurt looking up at the night sky.  They handle any snow and wind with no problems at all.  Our 14 footer is the perfect size for a bedroom arrangement.  You can even purchase insulation to go in them so that they don’t get too cold if you use them as, say a ski chalet; add a small propane heater and viola!


The beauty of a yurt is the logistical flexibility it gave us: easy to setup and easy to take down.  The hardest part of the job was building the wood deck that it sits on; and even that is not too difficult a job.  We actually went back up to the campground and took apart the deck we built there and brought it to the land when we were ready to set up the yurt there.  It has worked out so well!  Yup, I love my yurt! We even had a wood sign made to hang out front, it says: “The Yurt”.  Then we thought about getting bumper stickers that said “I’ve been yurted”, but thought that was a bit too much. J


Check out the photo album for a series of pictures featuring our little ol’ yurt.  It’s titled “Our lil ol’ Yurt”.


About David

Making manifest the change I want to see in the world through the hospitality of a humble little homestead campground with yurts and alpacas.
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