How’s your summer going?
Mine has been a blend of writing time and family time so far. Nothing too exciting, but you might find one of the things we did interesting.
We went camping in a yurt.
- A circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey.
For years, my husband has been saying he wants to sleep in a yurt, so I surprised him by making a reservation to stay in one. He was surprised all right. Turns out, he’d been kidding. Such great husband-wife communicators we are! 😉 Oh well. He was game to give it a try anyway. Son #1 is home from college for the summer and working hard for a roofing company and son #2 is working as a cart-guy for Target. So a relaxing weekend in one of Minnesota’s beautiful recreation areas (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) appealed to them as well.
The yurt was much nicer than we imagined and bigger than our old Winnebago, or even a state park camper cabin. It was round with a vented top and windows and could sleep seven. The yurt had bunk beds, a futon (couch or bed), a table, and a wood-burning stove, which we used on chilly mornings. It had no plumbing, however, which meant a walk to an outhouse, but at least it was a nice modern one. And the boys even braved a swim in a very cold lake since we were miles from the showers.
We cooked out, played games, rode bikes, sat around the fire, and teased each other as we like to do.
When our sons were young we used to do a lot of camping. But not much at all in the last few years, so the weekend held a nostalgic poignancy for hubby and me. With a nineteen and seventeen year old barreling toward adulthood adventures of their own, who knows how many more family camping trips we’ll have together? I relished every minute.
What family adventures do you have planned for the summer? Hope you end up with some sweet memories to relish, too.
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