burning logs to stay warm SUCKS!!!
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December 12th, 2009 – by: jenn79
We get our keys and he points out the restroom facilities. Tracy, Mark and I are a bit anxious about these eco-lodges and want to check them out ASAP so we can prepare the rest of the gang. We enter the large 6-person one called "The Dutchman" and it's HUGE and REALLY COOL! It actually has 4 double beds so it can fit 8 people. We all consider crashing here, but the piles of STUFF that accumulate over the course of the day and the placement of the stove made it impossible for more than 7.
The vistas are pretty crazy too. It's like.. desolate nothing for miles, just shrubs and dirt, and then some mountains in the background, broken up only by a set of train tracks a few yards away. It's crazy cool and though there are other people on the property, it felt like we were the only ones there, which is PERFECT for TBers cause we're a rambunctious bunch.
The LV crew arrives about an hour later with enormous energy and happiness. I think I was lifted off the ground in a bear hug like 40 times over the course of the next 2 days. Nancy strikes Molly Shannon "superstar" poses and Big meows his japanime greeting.
Nancy has a flashy red beacon which we place on the railing to guide them towards the yurt. Belinda uses google lattitude to find our exact location and just as dusk eats up the rest of the light, the rest of the LA crew rolls in - Priscilla, Nhi and Belinda! =) We celebrate with hugs and kisses again as we haven't seen each other in ages, and the 3rd unpacking party begins! We venture to the restroom facilities and it looks like a greenhouse and the water is freezing cold! The ground is dirt with some wood planked parts, there are a couple of sinks, a couple of flushing toilets, and a couple of rooms with showers.
Sal has cooked up some awesome pork cuts on the stove/heater and RJ and Big skewered bacon wrapped shrimp and bacon wrapped asparagus! We eat heartily and it seems we never stop cooking! After this, Nhi makes ramen with veggies at my request, and then she makes hot wine and Tracy puts together s'mores as Rj, Big, Mark and I try to get the fire going! I don't think we stopped eating during this weekend. It was less camping and more "making gourmet food country-bumpkin style" and trying not to get burned, scalded or frozen at any given point. Mark scraped up his hands doing lord knows what, and managed to create 2 exploding fireballs in the furnace/stove.
Then, just after the s'mores, I come back into the cabin and everyone is lined up and there's a christmas tree cupcake-cake on the table and everyone sings happy birthday!!! OMG soooooo nice!! I was so shocked and almost started singing along I didn't realize it was for me for a few seconds. Wow, I have the BEST friends on Travbuddy. =) Nancy had baked the most delish chocolate cupcakes with white frosting and sugar shaped sprinkles and topped it with swirlie candles! She invited me to blow out the candles while she spun each layer I was like WOW this is INCREDIBLE! =) I am the luckiest, luckiest girl in the whole world to have this amazing group of friends that know no limits when it comes to love, warmth and generosity.
But man, staying out in the wild when it's freezing is NO JOKE. Not only was it cold, fires that we built spewed ashes everywhere, into people's faces, onto food, everything! And in the process of getting the fire going and burning, there were some serious smokeouts, the inside of the yurt was thick with smoke and people had to leave cause they couldn't breathe and eyes stung too bad. It was NUTS!
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