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

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

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.

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.

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