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Biking and Yurts 
11th-Feb-2009 08:03 pm
Riding the Ox Home
Well, in Southeastern Connecticut, today was beautiful. I had hoped to bike 25 miles today, but, since I haven't been on the saddle since early December, I found that the saddle did not cooperate with my Gluteus Maximuses (Maximi?), so I ended up riding only 12 miles. Still, it was really great to be back on the bike, breathing relatively warm, fresh air as I explored the local roads.

On the return leg of my trip, I went past Odetah Campgrounds in Bozrah, Ct. I had read on the web that they now had three Colorado yurts that they rent out as cabins during the summer. Today, as I was passing by, I saw some cars and a truck there, so I decided to pedal up there to ask if I could walk by the yurts to just see what they looked like.

A bunch of friends and I built a tipi a decade or two ago (see earlier post here), but I've also been very interested in yurts, particularly the last five years or so. Done a whole lot of reading about them and surfing the web yearning at some of the pictures that I've found. My choir director has one in his back yard in which he frequently sleeps.

Anyhow, today I couldn't find a soul at the campground, so I just decided to explore for myself and, voila, just past the swimming pool, there were all three of the yurts. I walked around them and peeked in one of the doors. Maybe I should just order one of them (Colorado Yurts? or Pacific Yurts(?) or some other company(?)) and get it out of my system (being realistic, I don't think I'd ever actually get around to building one from scratch). If I got one, after I erected it and moved a few of my cherished possessions into it, I'd have my sons come and torch my old house with its lifetime accumulation of clutter/memories therein.

On my refrigerator door, the old kids' magnets spell out, among many other bon mots, "Simplify!" (though my youngest son, realizing my true nature added beneath "Complicate!").

Here's a small picture from the Camp Odetah website.

Here are a couple of other random images from google:

(Picture from treehugger.com)

(Picture from http://herrdramaturg.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/yurt_night-2.jpg)
21st-Feb-2009 02:26 am (UTC) - In the news
check this out -
21st-Feb-2009 06:50 pm (UTC) - Re: In the news
Thanks for the link (here it again - it didn't come out just right, at least in the email notice I received about this message). Ah, yes ... zoning and permits! If I go this route, I am considering trying to fly under the radar ("But, Officer, it's just a tent!").

From the link you just gave me, I found this one about a group that trucks school supplies into Mongolia, and, instead of returning with empty trucks, they bring back real gers (and decorated furniture) ... hmmmm

7th-Mar-2009 04:25 am (UTC) - WOW Check this out

Bucky would be so proud-
9th-Mar-2009 03:57 pm (UTC) - Re: WOW Check this out
Very cool! Of course, I wonder about lateral stiffness (when you pedal hard, does the whole bike bend/oscillate with each stroke?), but, for Geekness Factor, who cares about such subtleties ... I'd buy one, sight unseen, if my wallet was big enough.

Thanks for the link, Anonymouse!

(Cartoon in the paper today of mouse on psychiatrist couch saying "Oh, yes! Everyone says "Hi!" to Mickey and Mighty, but they don't even know my name!")

Happy Belated Birthday, though!
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