Out and About: Yurt Weekend
Thirty-four summers ago, Brooklyn natives Cathy and Greg Farrell gathered fifty of their closest friends in New York’s Adirondack Mountains to build a yurt, a flying saucer–like structure once reserved for nomads in Mongolia. Over the next three decades, the Farrells and their two sons added a second yurt, cooking area, wood-burning hot tub, sauna, and zip line, every bit of it built by hand with friends.
It was the start of a sprawling compound out of the Swiss Family Robinson, which hosts epic annual gatherings known as yurtfest. It’s a magical place. Every year the community of creative folks connected to the yurt continues to grow, each person contributing something unique to the property.
This year, I kicked in pictures and pizzas – 20 fresh crusts rolled out in the woods, cooled in the stream and then grilled over this fire. The forest kitchen also turned out a whole pig – roasted on a spit for five hours – and plenty of chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for breakfast.
After a leisurely breakfast, there’s usually a movement to the field, nominally an airstrip but more often used for soccer.
Then, a hike through the woods to cool off at the swimming hole and cliff jump.
Back at the yurt, there’s a zipline down the stream, built by another talented friend.
To relax after all that activity, there’s a wood-fired sauna and hottub. I mean really, how can you beat a hottub in the woods?
As the sun fades behind the trees and the campfire gets going, folks enjoy a drink on the porch.
Then it’s time for cooking, chilling around the campfire and, this year, fire twirling. I love this view up from the “dining room” table – everything takes place under the stars.
For more info on the yurts, check out Re-Nest. Thanks again to the Farrells for another amazing yurtfest!