Yurt to Yurt Skiing
I always get great gifts for my birthday and Christmas and this year was no exception. Mike and the kids gave me a free cross-country skiing adventure. It is truly a gift because it is usually one of the only times Mike will go cross-country skiing with me. The past two years he has done this; one year we skied in to a cabin at Tettegouche and the other year we skied into a yurt. I have a choice this year between those two options or a stay at a B & B in Canada with cross-country skiing during the day. I’m leaning towards the Yurt to Yurt Skiing because it is in my favorite area, right on the Gunflint Trail.
Boundary Country Trekking is a business on the Gunflint Trail that specializes in adventure type packages. They transport you to the beginning of the Banadad Trail where you begin your 8-mile ski to the yurt. They bring your gear to the yurt, get the fire going, haul the water up from the lake and will even cook a Mongolian Hot Pot Dinner for you.(When we went for my birthday Mike decided to cook dinner for me.) The yurt is cozy and warm with a wood stove for heat and a gas stove for cooking. The night we spent there it was 20 degrees below zero but we never got cold. There is a small wilderness lake for water and an outhouse nearby. I’m not sure if some people spend more than one night at the yurt but on our trip we cross-country skied the 12 miles through the wilderness back to Boundary Country Trekking.
It was an awesome wilderness adventure that I will never forget. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves the solitude of the Boundary Waters and the magic of winter. It sounds like the perfect gift for me!