A Year in the Round: A Few Things I've Learned


| 8/9/2011 3:21:00 PM


Tags: a tipi, a good dog, and a guard horse, Natalie Morris,

1. Living in a tipi is pretty neat, but it's really nothing special. Though it may not be for everyone, everyone can do it. Imagine living in a single room without TV or internet, with a hole in the ceiling, and in a ghetto. But instead of people outside hustling all night, it's opossums and owls. Once you jump those hurdles, it's pretty much the same. 

2. There will be spiders.

3. Shake your bedstuffs vigorously EVERY night before bed (see number 2).

4. Aside from your drinking water, I've found that you (and two dogs) can very easily live on one gallon of water per day. That includes brushing your teeth, doing a little dishes, a little water for cooking, and a quick shower. If you have smaller amounts of hair than the nest atop my head, or take fewer showers, you can live on much less.

5. Probably don't get a puppy as you're moving into the tipi (see Twig the Terrible). But a mature, sensible dog is an absolutely indispensable companion. They will combat loneliness, be your alarm, and may play homeland security later. 

Rude and much less rude 

caleb moses
9/5/2011 12:45:03 AM

Nat, I love following your blog. Congrats on making most popular read. I always look forward to your updates and hearing about your adventures. One day I'll make it to your mountains, and can't wait to see your home when I do.


james reynolds
9/2/2011 5:24:55 PM

This would be an awesome experience that I would love to partake in. Unfortunately, my health is such where I could not survive for any length of time in a Tipi alone. I have many medicines that I have to take on a daily basis, I am on a liquid diet for life :-( so I would need to run to town every month or so for medicine refills. The electricity I could do without no problem(no problem meaning I do not NEED electricity)...still, I would love to try doing this one day. The only thing that would make me nervous, is when winter comes. I get cold easily( I think the problem is, that I'm too skinny-need more fat in my diet), so I would be afraid of freezing to death. Other than that, I think I could learn to adjust. It would be tougher for me than it would for a normally healthy person such as yourself, but what good is life without a few challenges? :-) By the way, I enjoyed reading this. I'm envious of you for being able to do this.


tom thorne
9/2/2011 12:56:57 PM

I'm not sure about a tipi, but I have considered life in a yurt. Sadly, my health wouldn't permit me to go completely without electric, since I require the support of a bipap machine to sleep. I envy you and wish you well in your adventure. I wish more people would learn to appreciate and commune with nature. It would make for a better world.


jim lockmiller
9/2/2011 11:21:31 AM

After my divorce in the early 90's I lived in my tipi for 2 and 1/2 years. They were some of the best years of my life. Spiders aren't the only thing you have to check you bedding for as I found out early on when I threw back the bed covers to find a snake curled up in the middle of my bed.


bruce mcelmurray
8/15/2011 8:40:01 AM

You have discovered and captured the essence of remote unique living. We have lived in a hard sided cabin in the mountains for 14 years as of today. What you say is true and after a while you begin to contemplate and appreciate what you are surrounded with each day. I wish I had discovered this type of living when I was your age. Congratulations on your blog, it it right on. Much of my blogs are the result of being tuned in to my surroundings. It is the wisdom of the ages that is passed down to those who are willing to participate. Our wildlife is not totally harmless, we live with bear, Mt. lion, wolf, lynx etc and have learned to get along with each other. To have a deer eat from your hand, or a bear sit down 20' away and watch you work, is an example of how species can get along and respect each other. Your future is in for a eye opening experience and subject to much learning and understanding not avaible in a class room. Enjoy your blogs.


natalie morris
8/10/2011 11:56:19 AM

Teresa, yeah I think moving a whole family into a tipi might be a little rough. But, it might be fun to plan for future getaways someday! And I have another blog, too, which covers a lot of my daily drivel. It's on my bio page if you ever wanna check it out. Thanks for stopping by! :)


teresa chandler
8/9/2011 10:29:03 PM

I'm really enjoying this series. While my family is not in any condition to make the move to something as simple as a tipi, it's still a great look at really paring down to basics, and how it is done.





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