When I told Luke that we'd be going on a yurt vacation at the end of November, he got really excited and went to school to tell his friends that he was going on a yacht vacation! Luckily he made the slip up one day at home and I google imaged "yurt" and then "yacht" so he wouldn't go into this with skewed expectations . . .
Besides that drastic comparison, we had so much fun in our winter yurt. It was comfortable, warm, and I could completely imagine living in one year round. Not that we will, but you know I thought of it! Here's a little yurt tour :
The yurt we stayed in was called Trailside (Minaki Yurt Adventures via Glamping Hub) but also serves as a bunkhouse for large groups, camp kids and families. It could sleep 11 with this setup so we had lots of room to spread out. I loved the way the afternoon light filtered through the domed sky light and made the room glow.
The evenings and early mornings were dark because even thought there were electrical outlets, both of them were on the same side of the room. Most of the light came from the stove and a bunch of candles. Hey, it sure provided us with some great ambiance. No one seemed to mind. Luckily, there was still enough power for Eve to watch The Princess Bride on the iPad.
Bunking up in a place with reduced modern conveniences served as a good learning experience for the kids. There was no running water or refridgeration so we saved the drinking water for consumption and used the snow around us for washing up and keeping things cool.
Good thing there was no lack of snow! We refilled the sink every few hours which drained into a grey water bucket under the counter. The snow kept everything nice and cold. To wash dishes, we scooped up a bunch of snow in big enamel bowls and added boiled water. There was a propane stove and kettle provided for us, so it didn't take much. Yeah there were a few leaves in our dish water, but it still did the job. My aunt later told me this is basically what her family would do when she was living as a child in rural Manitoba. I would say the most rustic part about our stay would be using an outhouse in winter though. Carrying a candle lantern into the snowy night and literally freezing our butts off, that was memorable! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr .........
Have you stayed in a yurt during wintertime, or gone winter camping?
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