A weekend in a Yurt

A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a short trip to Napa Valley and stayed in one of the large yurts in Bothe Napa Valley State Park.

Per Wikipedia: a yurt is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. 

I don’t believe our yurt was covered in skins or felt, but rather in canvas. The lattice work was indeed a part of it, however, I don’t recall seeing a wheel.

The Yurt was large enough to fit six people with one full size bed and four cots. At night, it would get really chilly and dark (no electricity!) in the yurt, and during the day it’ll feel hot like a sauna. The sun will hit directly on your face around 6am forcing you to wake from your slumber; it was nature’s nice way of providing you an alarm clock.

We came to love our lil home for the past two days we were there. The only down side to it is that there are no keys given for each yurt. You can lock your door from inside the room before you sleep, but we couldn’t lock it from the outside to protect our personal belongings. So, I suggest not bringing anything of high value and leaving only minimal things in your yurt while everyone goes hiking, swimming,  or wine tasting.

If I happen to be in the Napa area in the future, I would definitely like to stay in a yurt again.

 

Camp Life

We got back from a 3 night excursion at Loggerhead Campground in Truckee, CA. The campground was beautiful and vast. However, the weather wasn’t cooperative with us. I composed a little poem of my stay:

As we arrived in the dark, we pitched our tents in a hurry.

For the rain was pouring down…and it was quite scary.

We enjoyed the sun for a bit, but not the port-a-potty.

I didn’t see any bears or lions, but a rat in a scurry.

No shower was ok, but please don’t take my coffee away.

We drove to the city, to keep ourselves busy.

We stayed for three nights, and NO bug bites.

But on the fourth day, I left highly dismayed.