Monday, November 27, 2006

Thanksgiving 2006 - Elkhorn Yurt

This Thanksgiving Angela and I decided to partake in a non-traditional Thanksgiving celebration, by ditching the turkey and leaving everyone behind. This year we opted to enjoy our holiday in the backwoods of Idaho, by spending 2 wonderful relaxing days at Elkhorn yurt. What's that you say, not sure what a yurt is? The yurt we stayed in could be described as a hi-tech semi-permanent round tent. Housing 2 bunk-beds, a futon, wood stove, dinning table and a kitchen stocked with utensils. This modern yurt shares the name and shape, but is a far cry from the original Turkish term of "yurt" or "dwelling place". * Below is a picture of where we stayed.

"Elkhorn Yurt"

King of Subtle: The original yurt idea for Thanksgiving was to fill a yurt with friends and have a Yurtsgiving celebration. In the pre-planning stages I started to ask friends the question, in my sometimes subtle manner “any plans for Thanksgiving?" I tended to get answers like “I have family coming into town” or “heading over to grandma’s house”, etc. After hearing peoples answers we decided that we’ll just head off to the yurt ourselves. As it turned out there were people that had nothing going on over Thanksgiving and could have come along or there plans fell through and could have gone. Next time I think we’ll be more direct and send out an Evite and hope for the best!

Over all the yurt was wonderful, a great chance to get out and play in the snow. Life moves pretty slowly out in the woods, and that’s the way’s I likes it! We ate good food, drank some beer, played guitar, talked, played cards, did chores like split wood, and went snowshoeing. There was about a foot of snow on the ground, just not quite enough to go sledding, but plenty to melt for water and to get good use from the snowshoes.

"The View"

Here's all the pictures from the trip: pics