|Yurts are known as portable houses. I wouldn't care to take down and put one up every year, but it could be done.|
|Denver heads down the trail with a bunkbed mattress|
The first thing we had to do was take down all the bunkbeds inside the yurt. That actually ended up being a time-consuming and challenging task as they hadn't been taken apart in years and they were solidly built with heavy wood so hauling them down to the storage shed was reserved for the strongest among us (the teenage boys). Even they had to take breaks along the 50 foot trail, and that was with the beds dismantled!
I wanted nothing to do with bed dismantling so I started taking off the yurt walls. To start with part of the doorframe had to be unscrewed as the wall was tucked into it, holding it up. A string is laced through the holes at the top of the wall where the ceiling comes down, all the way around, so once the string was untied and unlaced and a few reinforcing zipties clipped, the wall just fell down.
|Dismantling the bunkbeds took a long time!|
To make it a little more manageable, Denver unlaced the wall just ahead of me as I rolled it up. The wall can be taken apart in 6 or 8 foot widths, but I kept 2 sections together and only unzipped and unvelcroed them in two spots, leaving me 3 hunks of wall. The rolled up walls we clunky to handle and had been there so long they had moss growing on them. We took them down to the main building and unrolled them over the deck railing to dry out and clean off.
|The walls are off|
There was also insulation all around the inside of the walls, held up by zipties. Once those zipties were snipped, the insulation fell down. That was a simple matter to roll up as it was in manageable-sized pieces and was lightweight.
|Taking off the skylight|
|The roof is off|
The ceiling insulation slid right off and was in pieces so that was an easy enough task to roll up.
|Holding the door until we got the tools to get the doorframe off the door so we could actually move it|
Next we had to support the center circle with a couple boards, release the tension of the cable that goes around the top of the walls (this is what is key to holding the whole thing up), and take out the wooden ceiling dowels. For all that wood we had around, we couldn't find any that was the right length to support the ceiling, so we put 2 guys on ladders holding the middle support up while someone released the cable tension and the dowels began dropping off.
|You can see the cable still running along the top of the yurt as the dowels come down|
|Soon all that was left was the top, supported by a couple guys rather than the dowels.|
|Amazing how compactly the walls fold down!|
|The not-rotten circular platform on top of the rotten platform--in need of a sawz-all|
I have to admit, I wouldn't want to put up a yurt without better directions or someone experienced. The director jokingly suggested that next spring the Boy Scouts can put the yurts up. In that case, Denver has a heads up on what to expect!!