Michele has a long running bucket list, and one those items was to see the to scale model of the solar system that is spread out next to Route 1 between Presque Isle and Houlton up in Aroostook county. More on that another time.

Not wanting to be the one to stand in the way of a bucket list item, I agreed to take two days of our vacation for a trip all the way up to Aroostook County to see the solar system. Then she told me, "We're going to stay overnight in yurt too." What?

So one Wikipedia search later and I found out that a yurt is a structure with "an angled assembly or latticework of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent." Okay, so that's a traditional yurt which sounds kind of like a tent to me, which made me think "Does Aroostook county not have hotels?" Okay Michele. Let's go.

The yurt is in the town of Easton, Maine and is owned by Back to the Basics Yurt, a family owned business run by Traci and Chuck Halvorson. To reach it, we drove our car through fields on a wide mowed road that had better grass growing on it than in my backyard.

At the top of the hill, this is what we saw.