Sunday, October 19, 2008

October Break

Over October break (Wednesday-Sunday) I went to Hills Creek State Park with my family and stayed in a yurt, which, according to Wikipedia, is "a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia." And for some reason, they have two of them at Hills Creek.

They're heated, but since the walls are so thin, they didn't stay very warm. But despite being constantly cold, I loved being there with my family. We canoed, walked, rode bikes, played Scrabble, ate good food, sat around and read . . . ahhh, how relaxing it was not to have to even think about school or homework!

Now I'm back. It felt strange returning to Houghton, I miss my family, and I'm not looking forward to class tomorrow. In a way, though, it is nice to be here. I'm with my friends, I don't have to walk outside to get to a bathroom or sink (the yurts didn't have running water), and it's warm. The latter alone is enough to make me happy to be at Houghton. :)


  1. What a neat yurt, Tabitha! It sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing break. :)

  2. Wow, I didn't know that a yurt was a camping-out option! I was just reading about those, so cool! :)
    I hope you do well after coming back. Curious... what was the break for?

  3. They have an October break every year, I guess because they think we need it after being here a month and a half. ;)

  4. Tab,

    We are all delighted to have heat again as well! Great pictures! Dad took a nice hot shower when we got home and now he feels warm again!


  5. How cool! Not many people can say they've lived in a yurt!

  6. that is neat! I had always wondered about the practicality vs. the asthetics of yurts! :)