I spent all day Saturday playing ultimate Frisbee in the end of the year tournament in the local league I play in. After running around all day chasing the frisbee I retired to rest and recover in this.

(Excuse the squinty glare — it was sunny — and PJ pants).

This weekend I went tipi camping.

My long-time readers may remember when I spent some time actually living in a tipi. A few years ago I lived in a 24-foot tipi for three months during the winter (up here in Maine). I had a wood stove, composting toilet, electricity, and even an Internet connection via satellite. It was modernly rustic and it was awesome. There are few things as satisfying as sitting comfortably around a wood stove with only a layer of tarp protecting you from the blizzard raging outside. I think everyone should spend at least one night in a tipi.

Which is why my girlfriend and I hauled my smaller 14-foot tipi out to the fairgrounds where we played our frisbee. It took less than an hour to put up and even less to take down. It got a lot of attention during the day on Saturday and was taken over by a pack of young children as their play-base.

While other campers crammed themselves into small nylon tents at night, we were living large in the tipi. We had as much headroom as we wanted and enough floor space to have a queen-sized blowup mattress AND room for our stuff and a chair and lamp.

Here are a couple of pictures we took.

A carpet makes all the difference inside.

There's nothing like tipi light.

The tipi's shape creates a subtle draft that keeps the air inside fresh and cool, even when the weather gets hot.

Tipis at night are comforting.

The poles for the 14 footer are 16 feet long, short enough to comfortably fit on a car's roof rack. The 14-foot tipi from the Colorado Yurt Company is only $670, which gets you the poles, a door, the tipi wrap, and all the ropes, pins, and stakes that you'll need. Click over to ColoradoYurt.com to price out their tipi packages.

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