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Out and About: Yurt Weekend

September 26, 2010

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!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2010 2:39 am

    what an awesome place…you’re so lucky to be a part of it :)

    and Liz, beautiful, beautiful photography :)

  2. September 27, 2010 7:45 pm

    First time here, awesome pictures Liz…intruding me to visit the place once :)

  3. September 27, 2010 8:11 pm

    OMG, I so want to go there. Beautiful, peaceful and relaxing looking. Not too forget, a bit romantic!

  4. October 15, 2010 5:56 am

    That is so beautiful!! What a fantastic place to spend time.. And awesome pics ofcourse!

  5. Jessica permalink
    October 27, 2010 12:35 am

    holy crap! (sorry, but OMG!) these pictures are so gorgeous, fun and relaxing. The light in those woods is amazing and so beautiful. These are going in the “I want this someday” file. I’m a little awe-struck, and of course completely jealous that I can’t be there.

  6. October 29, 2010 2:09 am

    i like to dip on a hot tub every morning and before going to sleep, it is really nice’,’

  7. November 1, 2010 5:24 pm

    Amazing photos! You really captured the feel of the place. Really fantastic, and love the details.
    Had a couple questions about the Farrell Yurt, but my email to you bounced back. Is there another way to get in touch?

    And was that some tilt-shift happening on the group swimming photo? Has a great look!

  8. December 27, 2011 5:02 pm

    Your photos are excellent, i like the most those with mushrooms. You are more than a passionate photographer

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