Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Yurt Move - Part I

On Sunday, a group of friends gathered to help us move the yurt. Our plan going into the day was to elevate the yurt and build a structure underneath on which to roll the whole thing. After some discussion and looking at our options, we made the decision to take the yurt down and then consider our direction once we only had the deck to deal with. Having made the decision, everybody went to it, taking down the yurt in a few hours, just as its designed for. Robin and Ray's lunch was a welcome break!

The challenge then was how to move the deck. It's 24' feet across and fairly heavy. Our friend Aaron had lent us his tractor for this effort and just when we were getting ready to do the big pull he showed up, just back from a weekend away. In the end it came down to overcoming inertia with massive mechanical force. The tractor was able to haul the deck over to it's new place as we continued to put rollers under the deck beams across the lawn.

Once the deck was in the new location it was a matter of jacking it up and leveling it. That took some time and we finished off the day here with a great dinner of grilled chicken and salad that Mom and Felton cooked up for us.

At the end of the day we were just floored by the generosity and dedication of everyone who gave up their day to help us. It struck me that our smart move was inviting people who we had great confidence in to help us with this challenge. With us were Taz, Adam, Kristin, Joe, Alan, and Aaron. Suzanne, Maria, Lola, Jeremy, Liza, Maia, and Solveig all showed up to add moral support.

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