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Daily Journal: Ski in, ski out Yurt

February 25, 2024
The most reliable form of transportation has been our own two feet when it comes to accessing our yurt. Many miles have been logged this winter with my splitboard and Mollie’s AT setup—putting new meaning on having a “ski in, ski out” home.  
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Daily Journal: New Year for our Shelter Designs Yurt

January 8, 2024
A little morning light shining over our yurt to start off the first day of 2015 in beautiful NW Montana. Looking forward to the coming year in our circular homestead and creating special memories with our little family and wonderful friends.
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Daily Journal: Alpenglow in Glacier National Park

December 19, 2023
Our evening light at the yurt can be spectacular. I love how the alpenglow lasts longer and longer each day as we move closer to winter. This shot was taken from inside the living room of our yurt looking directly at Glacier National Park’s Mount Stimson - the second highest peak and one of the most remote and isolated peaks in the park. Termed one of the hardest major summits in the continental United States to climb from a standpoint of remoteness, effort, and non-technical challenge, it is a true monster that towers over this part of NW Montana. Hard...
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Daily Journal: Northern Lights in Montana

December 17, 2023
This has been my latest northern lights viewing setup on the south end of our yurt looking up to the northern sky. It is one of many locations to catch a good solar storm on the property. Though the northern lights in Montana can be frequent for this area, clear night skies can be few and far between through the dark winter nights.   
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Daily Journal: Yurt Living at its Best

December 15, 2023
From a few weeks ago…Staying up past 2 am for a strong solar storm because it was highly likely of viewing northern lights over our yurt. Instead, a layer of high clouds rolled in on a forecasted clear night, snuffing out any showing of the lights. Nonetheless, our dog Glacier and I enjoyed each other’s company in the cold Montana night listening to one of our local resident owls hoot in a tree surrounding our little round home.
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Daily Journal: Montana Backcountry Yurt - Winter is here!

December 10, 2023
A snowmobile drive home the other morning to this beautiful sight - our Montana backcountry yurt. Such peace between storms as a refreshing coat of white begins to blanket our little round homestead.

Daily Journal: Our Blaze King Off the Grid Yurt Wood Stove

December 8, 2023
You may be noticing something a little bit different in our yurt. For those that don’t — we replaced our Rocket Mass Heater with an extremely efficient wood stove by Blaze King. Our new stove also has a 30 hour burn time which is huge for yurt living! We switched stoves as we found that we needed a much larger mass for our Rocket Mass Heater and that it was not ideal for our current yurt setup. It would be great in another setting such as a greenhouse, shop, or a place that can provide a much larger mass (thus...

Daily Journal: Prepping Yurt Life for Winter

December 5, 2023
With each trip home, we will fill our utility sled behind the snowmobile with our remaining firewood and transport it to our wood shed, allowing the wood to season for quality spring burning. We now have full winter conditions up at our yurt and can only access our round home with skis/splitboard or snowmobile until late spring. This now marks a new point to our life off the grid adventure as we learn to transition with the seasons.
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Daily Journal: Quick Transition to Winter in a Yurt

December 3, 2023
With sub zero temps night time temps and bitterly cold wind chills, there has been no easy transition into winter this year. Icicles now hang around our yurt forming the first set of “yurtcicles” for the season.  

Daily Journal: Winter a Yurt - bring it on!

November 21, 2023
Winter has arrived to NW Montana and temperatures last week were plummeting by the minute! Forecast called for wind chills to exceed 20 to 35 degrees below zero up at our yurt throughout the week. Winter in a yurt? Bring it on!