Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Yurt Experience

For this month’s trip to Seattle, I decided to investigate yurts.

I’m not all that keen on these trips down to see the specialist. They would be fun except for the fact that I haven’t the energy to enjoy them. I do my best to make them interesting and I figured that seeing that I have to sleep somewhere and seeing that I like yurts so much these days, it only made sense that I sleep in a yurt. It also cut the accommodation costs in half (but increases the fuel cost by about the same amount as we saved).

It was quite the experience and one I think I’ll repeat some day. It was like camping without all the things I dislike about camping. The yurt was made of canvas with a layer of space bubble wrap (shiny insulation stuff), had a wooden floor and nice, sturdy wooden frame. It felt very sturdy and secure, even with the large, unidentified animal roving the campground at night (possibly a dear, maybe an elk, perhaps even a bear, though most likely a heavy breathing 7 foot tall man). There was an electric light and even a (broken) heater. Near the yurt was a cooking shelter with (guess what) electricity. We were able to cook ourselves a reasonable meal with not much more effort than we would at home. I’m also a big fan of the running water from a stand pipe, even if it was freezing.

When we first arrived, we opened the roof and a window (there were three with mosquito netting on them) to air out the yurt, but closed it up again before it started to get too cold. It retained the heat fairly well but would have been far more comfortable if we had gotten one with a working heater. I managed to keep myself warm with some hot water bottles and a copious number of blankets.

To ensure that we had the complete yurt experience, it even rained over night. The sound of the rain on the yurt was like a beautiful, though slightly loud, music. I’ve lived in an apartment too long to remember what it is like to hear the pitter patter of rain falling on the roof. I didn’t realize how much I miss that sound.

Sleeping in the yurt was like being inside of a giant eye that was gently gazing up at the heavens. The Plexiglas top allowed the ambient light to create a soft glow in the yurt during the night and in the day it was plenty bright enough without being too sunny.

Overall, I was surprised as to how large the yurt felt. This yurt had furniture to comfortably fit five people and I suspect I could squeeze a loom and a few other fibre goodies into a yurt this size.

Staying in a yurt overnight is not the same as living in a yurt (one of my life goals), but it is a nice taste to see how I feel about yurts. I still like them very much but believe that when winter comes, they need a source of heat.

The yurt I stayed in was made by Pacific Yurts and the campground was Kayak Point.


Josiane said...

How fun! And what a nice experience, complete with the sound of rain! This would totally be my kind of camping too.

Yarn Hungry Hog said...

Oh wow! I haven't surfed your blog lately and somehow missed alot, including this entry.
Thanks for promoting Kayak Point. I didn't even know it existed. Anything kayak or body of water is of interest to me. This is one good idea to consider for next year's summer fun adventure with my son.
I've done the yurt thing and yes, it beats being in a tent and low on the ground; or dragging an RV. Yurts are very popular here in Oregon that it's hard to book them unless it's well in advance of 3 months or longer for the summer season. I'm hoping Kayak Point will be no problem with yurt rental.
You looked liked you had so much fun. Thanks once again for the info.