Posts Tagged "yurt life"

Grounding through Montana Northern Lights

Sean and my schedules can be heavy with travel at times, and March-May were no exception. Being physically out of town when our hearts were back in Montana’s Flathead Valley made for a hard few months, but rewarding all the same — experiencing a wedding in a foreign country, spreading the stoke of skiing/snowboarding to more kids, and visiting one of our most favorite places on earth (Norway). But then we come back, and ground ourselves back down here at home, and once again the world seems to slow, ever-so-slightly… bringing everything back into focus. Last week, Sean shook me awake…

The What Why How Theory: Yurtlife Unpacked with Goal Zero

Stoked to have my guest post up on Goal Zero’s Solar Life blog this week. Ryan and Andy from the GZ team came and filmed Sean and I a few months ago at our yurt for their series, En Route. We are so honored to be a part of this community. Preview the post below (which pays homage to our buddy Chris’ theory – What Why How), and click READ MORE to see the rest on the Solar Life blog! THE WHAT, WHY, HOW THEORY: YURTLIFE UNPACKED   When my husband, Sean, and I tell people that we live in…

The Frontier Spirit of Polebridge, Montana

March 30, 2015
Sean

We love the frontier spirit of the North Fork and this is why Mollie and I have chosen to build part of our future in Polebridge, Montana. It’s a place that still embraces its past and an area that has held onto its brakes from modern times. A place where you can step back and move at a slower pace and see just how beautiful NW Montana is.

Sunrise over Glacier National Park

March 27, 2015
Sean

Sunrise over Glacier National Park—bringing the first rays of light to NW Montana’s Flathead Valley and our yurt’s Goal Zero solar panels.  

Glacier National Park’s Mount Jackson

March 25, 2015
Sean

An amazing sunset capturing Glacier National Park’s Mount Jackson from the living room of our yurt. Jackson Glacier is the 7th largest glacier in the park of the remaining 25 glaciers (150 glaciers were estimated in 1850) and is located on the north side of the peak. In 1850, the glacier covered 1,875 acres (including the now separate Blackfoot Glacier). In 2005, it was measured at 250 acres. Harrison Glacier is situated on the southern flanks of Mount Jackson and is the largest glacier in the park. In 2005 it was estimated to have an area of 466 acres remaining….

Fly fishing in Montana

March 23, 2015
Sean

Fly fishing in Montana, in the Middle Fork of the Flathead River under a cold winter sunset with Glacier National Park casting its final shadows over my line. A shared Montana moment with the great company of friends.    

Another warm and sunny day in “Suntana”

March 18, 2015
Sean

Another warm and sunny day in “Suntana.” We are now left with this white strip of snow and ice down our mountainside as we try to maintain the little amount that is left. This small amount of snow is crucial to still allowing us to easily transport food, water, and supplies by a pulk sled rather then multiple trips with backpacks. Any sort of heavy vehicle at this point on our summer access 4×4 road will cause damage due to how moist the land is. We are hoping that winter will return soon to NW Montana!

Star trails circling over our yurt

March 15, 2015
Sean

Star trails circling over our yurt. Clear nights make for spectacular nighttime views in Big Sky Country.   

Montana Nightlife at the Yurt

March 6, 2015
Sean

The hike home last night up to our yurt was beautiful. An owl hooting for its mate and the moon rising through the clouds. Mollie and I sat out front of our yurt reflecting and feeling thankful while looking toward the shadowed outlines of Glacier National Park under the glow of our oil lantern.

Daily Journal: Ski in, ski out Yurt

February 25, 2015
Sean

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.  

Daily Journal: Polebridge, Montana

February 23, 2015
Sean

Excited to put up a new mailbox soon in this tiny/remote and completely off the grid community up the North Fork of the Flathead River—Polebridge, Montana. A place where grizzlies roam your yard and your mail is delivered only twice a week by a local resident and her domesticated wolf. A land behind the times…or are they onto something we don’t know? My heart tells me the latter. Distant – up a long dirt road near a now closed down US/Canada boarder crossing. Where you can escape and truly disconnect from the modern world – with no cell phone reception,…

Why our yurt was a marriage booster

October 27, 2014

When Sean and I set out to build a house together, we got a lot of raised eyebrows from friends and family. Neither of us had any building experience; Sean knew how to use a power drill and I had taken wood shop approximately 18 years ago. Who needs experience, right? To everyone’s surprise (especially ours!) we found our Shelter Designs Yurt to be the ideal 7-month team building exercise for our marriage. Let me unpack: Sean and I are both very competitive people. And stubborn. With unending amounts of pride for what we do. When we set out to teach…

Soaking up simplicity — One of the best hikes in Whitefish

One of the things that worried me most about moving into an off-the-grid yurt in Montana was time.  It would take us more time to access our home. It would take us more time to do dishes by hand. It would take us more time to bring up water and transfer it into various buckets and bins for usage every week. But as I sit here, savoring a cup of french press coffee that I put time and care into making, I realize that through this yurt, I’m learning to slow down and embrace the pauses — to embrace the…

Our Yurt Raising, Unpacked.

Well that was one crazy weekend. My knuckles are swollen, I wake up nightly to myself unconsciously scratching the mosquito bites on my legs, and I’ve got a handful of cuts and bruises that will last me a few weeks. But at the end of the day, you know what? We have a yurt! (See our progress as it happened on my Instagram account, here.) I will say the whole experience was, for the most part, smooth. It was hard — yes. It was time consuming. But it was fun! And SO AMAZING that we had friends come out and…

Yurt in Montana Update – Demolition Complete!

During the past few weeks, Sean and I (along with a number of extremely generous friends and neighbors) finished the disassembly of our yurt from it’s former home, just 15 miles to the south of where we live. It currently resides in six parts: the first in our basement, the second in our home office, the third in our living room, the fourth in our storage shed, the fifth in the other storage shed, and the sixth in a storage container on our property. It’s hard to believe we finally own it, and it’s also hard to believe that someday…