yurts are our happy place. there is something so womb-like and meditative about being in a round space. it’s impossible to describe, so you should just try it yourself! yurts are downright affordable accommodations in many of our oregon coast state parks… and make winter camping completely doable. they are heated, and have basic furniture (futon beds, table and chairs). you bring your own food, sleeping bags… and then you go hike on the winter beach, if you can catch a good low tide. or you just snuggle up with a book in the yurt-womb and enjoy the sound of the downpour on the skylight… here are some images from our november yurt trip, and here is the link to where you can make a reservation. (you have to book ahead, even in the winter- they are popular! but if you check last minute, sometimes you can get lucky and score a cancellation, which is how we lucked out last month for cape lookout.)
this is my bad@$$ mama picture, carrying my 38 pound sniffly boy in the sling, with a pack full of firewood on back, and kindling in my arms. we had sort of a comical trip, because i forgot several key essentials (film for camera, firewood, propane for my cookstove, etc.) luckily i knew where they dump the used firewood from campsites, just at the edge of the park, so we scrounged, and i cooked over the fire. we made a trek back into pacific city to pick up film, of course. there are essentials, and then there are essentials.
mama’s down time essentials were miraculously remembered: music, chocolate, tea, journal.
quinn makes do with whatever is on hand, and practically has no essentials. playing boat with the laundry basket occupied him for hours.
and cooking over the fire is what it’s all about for him!
quinn wasted no time taking off shoes and wading in the stream that flows right through the “backyard” of our yurt, immediately upon arrival.
we did more gazing than hiking this trip…
…and laid down to rest whenever necessary.
each time we’d return to our yurt between forays, quinn would walk in, look up at the round skylight, and exclaim “i just love our yurt so much! it’s so beautiful!” then hunker down for some snacking, snuggling, and reading.