Travelogue With Photos – Our Yurting Trip To Treebones Resort In Big Sur.


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For a few days last week, my wife and I went up to Big Sur, California to stay in a yurt at Treebones Resort. What’s a yurt, you ask? Well, according to Wikipedia, it is “a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.” And while I did not see any nomads from Central Asia while I was there, I did get to see plenty of lizards, hawks, California Condors, whales, seals and sea-lions. First off, let me say that if you ever have a chance to stay in a yurt for a few days, I highly recommend the experience. As you will be able to see in the pictures below, it is a far cry from camping while still allowing you to be in touch with nature – and as my wife put it, it was like summer camp for grown-ups. The people running Treebones were incredibly nice, especially Marty, who seemed to always be around in the main lodge whether it be at 7am for breakfast or at 8:30pm for dinner. The yurt that we were assigned to, #4, was not directly on the water but we could still see it from our deck. However, just taking a few steps down the hill gave us a full view of the Pacific Ocean. The Northern California coastline is a lot different from our coast here outside our door at home, as development is pretty much off-limits and it is very quiet and desolate. Which was exactly what we needed! More on our trip later, but first – some of the 250+ pictures we took while we were up there:

A general shot of the yurts from down below
The inside of our yurt, #4
Another shot from inside our yurt, looking towards the door
Me, after enjoying lunch on part of our drive up the coast
Cool waterfall draining directly into the ocean at high-tide
Standing on our deck
Another yurt on the premises
We also visited a redwood forest where we hiked in about a mile to this grove. No trees were harmed in the posing for this photo

Now that we are back from our trip, I have to say we have a sense of sadness in coming back to reality. Up at Treebones, it was so quiet at night that all you heard was the wind blowing around the yurt and the shaking of pine trees. (and occasionally the kids in the yurt next door…) We sat outside really late at night and just stargazed for hours. No ringing phones, no internet, no television or Tivo…it was quite liberating! The yurts were warm enough with the propane heaters, but I do wish that they had wood fireplaces instead, and the beds were very comfortable. I highly recommend that anyone heading out to the Big Sur area check out Treebones Resort. The people are great, the food was good, and the experience was unbeatable.

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  1. Wow… this yurting seems really cool. Those are great photos and it sounds like you had a very relaxing time.

    It’s funny… right before I read your post, I read a post about integrating Twitter into your social media and I was thinking maybe I should do this, and how cool Twitter was. Then I read your post and the first thought in my mind was, forget things like Twitter and spend sometime with people you care about under the stars, no computers, no internet.

    I need a trip like that and will keep it in mind, especially the place you stayed (if they get rid of paper cups:)

  2. That is pretty funny…being away from the computer gave me a new appreciation for being away from the computer, and I now I plan on making it a weekly event with a “no computer” day! Thanks for the comment Ciaran.

  3. I’ve been there! When I went I’d been tent camping all up and down the coast from LA to Canada, and it had been raining the whole time, so a Yurt was welcome shelter.

  4. I am taking some people from the east coast there in May. Thought that it would be a great place to see the Pacific coast. I’m a little anxious whether they will like it so your pictures made Treebones look very appealing to us city folks.


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