A couple months ago, I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday. She said “I want to go camping…..in a yurt…..in February” (that’s when her birthday is of course). Never mind that the temperature forecast last weekend at Sweetwater Creek State Park where we had made reservations was a low of 25° F.
Did we go? Well we had reservations, so why not? By the way, this 2500-acre state park, just west of Six Flags, is the busiest park in the GA State Park system. In fact, there wasn’t a parking place available anywhere near the visitor center the entire time we were there. After exploring the trails awhile it’s easy to see why. Here’s a link if you’d like to know more, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek/.
Why Sweetwater? Because of the yurts. For those of you who don’t know what a yurt is, here’s what Miriam Webster says: “a circular domed tent of skins or felt stretched over a collapsible lattice framework and used by pastoral peoples of inner Asia”. Wikipedia says: “Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years. The first written description of a yurt used as a dwelling was recorded by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.
For some reason my wife has always had a fascination with tribal housing. In fact, almost twenty years ago, I asked her what she’d like for her birthday and she said without hesitation “A Teepee”! So, being the obliging husband that I am, I bought her an 18-foot diameter teepee and set it up in the open field adjacent to our house at the time and she became known as “The teepee lady” to all the passersby! In fact, she even welcomed the 21st millennium by spending the night in it on December 31st, 1999 and awakened to the new century!
Well how did our yurt excursion go? Incredibly well. To our mutual surprise, we even had to turn down the little electric space heater in the middle of the night because it got too warm; I never would have believed it if I didn’t experience it myself.
So, what made this weekend so special besides the beautiful park and the unique yurt housing? The fact that we took along one of our pre-teen granddaughters to share the weekend with us. With nine grandchildren, it’s hard to make time to do special things with each one but so memorable when we do. She enjoyed sleeping on the top bunk of the yurt, eating chicken noodle soup out of the can and hiking the trails to the old Manchester Mill that made cotton for Confederate soldier uniforms. I believe it will be a lifelong memory for her as she enters her teen years, college and then motherhood herself.
I believe making wonderful memories for our grandchildren is not only a joy for us seniors but a responsibility as well. If you are blessed to have grandchildren nearby, consider taking them on a special trip of some kind to let them make a treasured deposit in their memory bank. It doesn’t have to be to a yurt…..but I bet they’d enjoy it of you did!
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