Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We Went Glamping

I'm not sure exactly how glamorous our glamping was, we rented a yurt at Petit Jean on Bailey Lake.  It was a nice 20 foot round space with 3 bunk beds, a table, 4 folding chairs, an ice chest, lanturn, life jackets, paddles and a canoe.

Check in time wasn't until 3 and we got there hours early so we checked out some other things on the mountain.

Sahara is hearing wedding bells at this open chapel.  It was really pretty.  There were actually many choices for having inside and outside weddings on the mountain.

Yep.  That's a butterfly on the window.

Then we checked out the waterfall.  It's a looong way down.

With plenty of time to spare still, we hiked down to see it up close.

45 minutes later we found the bottom, but no waterfall.  Somehow we would have to hike down stream now to get to it.  We decided to break here and then head back up.

We didn't plan on this hike and didn't bring water with us.  THANKFULLY my camera on my phone is forgiving of sweat and somehow eliminates it from my face.  I was pouring sweat.

Next we headed to Mather Lodge.  It had recently had a make-over and is beautiful.  Another wedding destination possibility.

The Mather Lodge Restaurant and it's view.

Canyon and I went into the Lodge to check out the new look.

This was one of the 3 or 4 lobby rooms.

Finally, time to check in to the yurt.  And get some water.

And eat some pudding.

Then the kids took the canoe out for a spin.  Sahara is about to lose her balance.

Back at the yurt and a picture of the neighbors yurt.  They left before us and gave us their firewood :)

The next morning we went to the Turtle Rocks.

Then took a hike down to the Rock House.

It's a huge open cave but I didn't get many pictures.  I spent most of the time here determined to find the petroglyphs that are said to be here, but didn't find any.

Next we took a drive on the Rock Cliff Loop.  We found a look-out and guess what?...

That house on the point that I took 2 weeks ago isn't a house after all.  It's this shelter at the look-out.

Back at camp for lunch and more canoe.

Then the kids went to the public pool and mom stayed behind with Maliki.  This is also the only picture of the inside of the yurt.

The boys, making s'mores.

The next morning we went to the first cabin on the mountain.  It's smaller than our yurt and a family of 11 lived here!

We also drove 2 miles away to the Rockefeller Institute where another wedding venue is. They have a boat house, huge barn, and beautiful grounds for weddings.
(no plans yet, just checking places out)

Last canoe ride for Mom and Sahara.  At this point Jared was wanting to head home to sleep before having to go to work tonight.  Canyon was just done.  TOO hot and too much hiking.  This trip, if ever done again, will be much more enjoyed during Spring Break or Thanksgiving Break.  It was just awful hot in the summer.

Goodbye yurt.  Thanks for having us!

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