in the round (it’s not just for def leppard anymore)

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here,
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it’s all right…

The chance to hit the road is always one that I look forward to, and I very rarely turn down a road trip.
These past two weeks were no different, as I engaged in 3412 miles of white line therapy.

Heading East, then South, Sunrise found me ticking off the miles on my way to the city of sin to meet up with my uncle and his lady for some door banging fender rubbing NASCAR craziness 🙂

…and then I head a bit further south to pick up 1500 lbs of high tech old school engineering…

When my bus is done, I’m seriously going to start spending winters in Vegas and Arizona, because I’ll tell you, 70 degrees in the sun beats the crap out of the “it’s rained for 3 weeks straight and hasn’t gotten above 45 degrees in a month” that we deal with here for 6 months out of the year here in Washington…

I never back down from a weird parking challenge…

although I really detest backing up small trailers 🙁

This stuff is pretty heavy…
Heavy enough that I wasn’t about to carry it further than I had to.

Packing round things in square spaces is always a bit of a pain, so I got a bit creative 🙂

At below 55, aerodynamics don’t have nearly the effect on fuel economy that they do at high speeds, and while I figured it was going to be a 55mph slog home regardless, parts of this load needed to be “not flat”.

Add a very heavy chunk of cast iron and a couple heavy bags to the mix, and it made for an interesting game of tetris 🙂

and everyone needs a UFO strapped to the top of their trailer 🙂

The sunset as I crossed the Mojave desert on the way home was absolutely gorgeous 🙂

I suspect the pucker factor moment involving how low the fuel gauge will go, and what happens when the fuel economy computer tells you that you have “—” miles before you are stranded by the side of the road deserves a mention 🙂

We hit the rain just after grant’s pass, and it washed off the desert dust quite nicely…

No load shift anywhere, my +10 sanguine shades of Tetris are truly appreciated 🙂

Of course, it all got soaked, and the internal package padding is cardboard, so I’m going to have to unwrap it…

And this is what an unpacked, 20 foot in diameter yurt from [Pacific Yurts] looks like… The craftsmanship is top notch.

What is a yurt?

(thank you wikipedia)
A yurt (üi or kiz üi in Kazakh, ger in Mongolian) is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by Turkic and Mongolian nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. A yurt is more home-like than a tent in shape and build, with thicker walls.

Etymology and synonyms
The word yurt is originally from a Turkic word referring to the imprint left in the ground by a moved yurt, and by extension, sometimes a person’s homeland, kinsmen, or feudal appanage. The term came to be used in reference to the physical tent-like dwellings only in other languages. In modern Turkish the word “yurt” is used as the synonym of homeland. In Russian the structure is called “yurta” (юрта), whence the word came into English.

The Kazakh word used for yurt is киіз үй (transliterated: kïiz üy), and means “felt house”. The Kyrgyz term is боз үй (transliterated: boz üy), meaning “grey house”, because of the color of the felt. In Turkmen the term is both ak öý and gara öý, literally “white house” and “black house”, depending on its luxury and elegance. In Mongolian it is called a ger (гэр / ᠭᠡᠷ᠌). Afghans call them “Kherga”/”Jirga”. In Pakistan it is also known as gher (گھر). In Hindi, it is called ghar (घर), which means home. In Persian yurt is called xeyme (خیمه), in Tajik the names are yurt, xona-i siyoh, xayma (юрт, хонаи сиёҳ, хайма).

Traditional yurts consist of a circular wooden frame carrying a felt cover. The felt is made from the wool of the flocks of sheep that accompany the pastoralists. The timber to make the external structure is not to be found on the treeless steppes, and must be obtained by trade in the valleys below.

The frame consists of one or more lattice wall-sections, a door-frame, roof poles and a crown. Some styles of yurt have one or more columns to support the crown. The (self-supporting) wood frame is covered with pieces of felt. Depending on availability, the felt is additionally covered with canvas and/or sun-covers. The frame is held together with one or more ropes or ribbons. The structure is kept under compression by the weight of the covers, sometimes supplemented by a heavy weight hung from the center of the roof. They vary regionally, with straight or bent roof-poles, different sizes, and relative weight.

A yurt is designed to be dismantled and the parts carried on camels or yaks to be rebuilt on another site.

Enthusiasts in other countries have taken the visual idea of the yurt—a round, semi-permanent tent—and have adapted it to their cultural needs. Although those structures may be copied to some extent from the originals found in Central Asia, they often have some different features in their design that adapt them to different climate and use.

In the United States and Canada, yurts are made using hi-tech materials. They are highly engineered and built for extreme weather conditions. In addition, erecting one can take days and they are not intended to be moved often. These North American yurts are better named yurt derivations, as they are no longer round felt homes that are easy to mount, dismount and transport. North American yurts and yurt derivations were pioneered by William Coperthwaite in the 1960s, after he was inspired to build them by an article about Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’ visit to Mongolia.

In 1978, Oregon-based company Pacific Yurts became the first to manufacture yurts using architectural fabrics and structural engineering, paving the way for yurts to become popular attractions at ski resorts and campgrounds. In 1993, Oregon became the first state to incorporate yurts into its Parks Department as year round camping facilities. Since then, at least 17 other US States have introduced yurt camping into their own parks departments.

In Europe, a closer approximation to the Mongolian and Central Asian yurt is in production in several countries. These tents use local hardwood, and often are adapted for a wetter climate with steeper roof profiles and waterproof canvas. In essence they are yurts, but some lack the felt cover that is present in traditional yurt.

Different groups and individuals use yurts for a variety of purposes, from full-time housing to school rooms. In some provincial parks in Canada, and state parks in several US states, permanent yurts are available for camping.

Neat huh? 🙂

So we hit Vegas again on the way back… and I kinda regret coming home. It’s warm there 🙂


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3 Responses

  1. Tuck says:

    Love the tail lights! Kind of reminds me of something in one of your other blogs.

  2. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait for the housewarming party… 😉

  3. Stace says:

    Yurt = fun!!

    Vegas = fun!!!

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