One reason I'm so late in posting is because when we got back from CO, we started preparing right away for a camping trip with friends from church. Here in Oregon, you have the option of reserving camp sites NINE months before your trip, and Oregonians do just that. We tried to reserve a tent site at the Ft. Stevens campground about six months ago and out of about five hundred sites, they had one site open on Saturday so we grabbed it.
The rest of our friends reserved yurt sites, at seven o'clock in the morning, nine months beforehand. In minutes, all the yurts were gone... But then one of our friends had to cancel last week and they let us borrow their reservations so we spent a wonderful weekend camping in a yurt.
We've never stayed in a yurt before but quickly discovered that it's a cross between a tepee, canvas tent, and small cabin. The best part about yurts is that they have electricity, beds, and HEAT. I've never slept better on a camping trip, and I loved making hot tea before going outside in the morning to start breakfast on our camping stove.
Besides the four of us getting a great night's sleep and escaping the hot temps at home, we also swam, flew kites on the windy beach, climbed an old shipwreck, roasted marshmallows with friends, rented a paddle boat, attempted (unsuccessfully) to catch a couple of fish, and ended the weekend eating seafood at a restaurant on the Columbia River.
Staying in a yurt has completely spoiled me for life. Forget tent camping! I'll be the one waiting in December at seven in the morning to reserve our yurt for August 2009.