In all the years I have lived on planet Earth, I don't believe I have ever thought to myself "I'd like to rent a yurt." I guess I didn't know you could rent a yurt. But once the idea is in your head, it kind of rattles around in there. So I made a journal page and now maybe I can get some peace!
It started with an article in the travel section of the paper last month. It featured yurts for rent at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Since I often daydream about running away from home and renting a cabin/room/cottage at the lake/mountains/beach (it varies), this really caught my eye.
I made a list of pros and cons on my journal page. Pros included the fact that it is just a few hours' drive from me. It's cheap. The yurts, while rustic, have air conditioning, heat, and a microwave. They are in a peaceful rustic setting. One of the things on the list of "cons" includes sleeping on a futon. Not sure if a bad back can handle that. The other "con" is simply ants. The article says that there is a sign in the nearby dining hall regarding the abundance of ants. Being a peaceful people who believe every living thing has a purpose, the monks allow the ants to exist. I am also a peaceful, non-violent person, but I feel sure I would be the first person ever to be evicted from a yurt for rolling up a newspaper and smacking a few ants. I have limits. Sharing a table with ants is not on my list of things to do. (The article also mentions that there is a Wendy's fast food place two miles down the road.)
If you feel the need to get your yurt on, info can be found here. And if you do a search online, there are more yurts to rent than you might ever imagine, maybe even one close to you.