January 13, 2010
Family of Three Lives the Simple Life in a Yurt
The next time you feel cramped for space in your home, think of Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman, who live in a yurt (a one room Mongolian-style tent) located in Alaska with their 11 month old son.
According to a recent article on the couple's lifestyle in The New York Times, "they decided they could live without running water, shower, bath or a working toilet, but they had to have broadband Internet access." Dogs help lick their dinner plates clean, and they take showers once a week after an hour long walk to the closest town.
The couple, who have walked more than 7,000 miles together, started the organization Ground Truth Trekking to help raise awareness of environmental issues in Alaska.
I always like hearing about people living modestly and close to the earth in these settings because a) it makes me appreciate all of the little things I take for granted and b) it's a reminder that life can always be lived on a simpler scale to benefit the planet, and most assuredly the individual.
Photo: Stuart Isett for The New York Times