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:
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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