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Stay at an eco-yurt in Georgia

Friday, May 5th, 2017

A “yurt” is a sort of circular-shaped, portable house invented and mostly used by nomadic peoples of Central Asia. Although the piney woods and Appalachian Mountains of northern Georgia are hardly reminiscent of the wide open Mongolian steppe, the fearless and eco-determined owners of the Cedar House Inn and Yurts decided to include them as a lodging option because they make less of an impact upon the Earth. This is just one small example of the Earth-friendly philosophy followed by the couple who owns this cozy bed and breakfast. Other examples are visible as soon as one enters the beautiful gardens in front of this eco-getaway just 70 minutes north of Atlanta.

Artwork made from recycled materials can be seen in the garden and a closer look at the gardens themselves will reveal the carefully planted swales designed to capture rain, rows of naturally grown, pesticide free vegetables, a wide diversity of native plants that typically get removed from other gardens, and a small mound of cardboard boxes, logs, and other organic materials that are busy making compost.

Blue, plastic containers that catch rain water are visible below the rain gutters of the main buildings. A close look up at the roof shows a thin, metal cover. This was put into place because the owners deemed it to be a greener than tearing off and throwing away the old tar shingles. The metal sheet on the roof also reflects the sunlight and thus reduces temperatures in the main house during the blazing hot summer months. For the cold, winter months, storm windows were put into place for better insulation and heating bills are reduced by using a silicone-based fluid that heats the baseboards.

Taking into account the very Earth friendly scheme of the place, it should be no surprise to learn that toilets are of the compost variety and that the sumptuous breakfasts come from an organic garden. Eggs also come from free range chickens that roam naturally landscaped grounds planted with over 300 trees and shrubs.

It truly seems as if the people behind the Cedar House Inn and Yurts have thought of every possible way to function in a sustainable fashion and since they keep thinking of new and improved ways to do so, visitors might learn some new tricks for living green during their cozy stay in one of their Georgia yurts.

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The Norwegian Mjolfjell Youth Hostel isn’t just for youths

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The Mjolfjell Youth Hostel (don’t even begin to ask me how to pronounce that) is a place for people of all ages to experience the absolutely stunning scenery and fresh air of the Norwegian mountains.

Staying here is almost like camping without sleeping in a tent because the indoor accommodations are simple and comfortable while the main attractions can be found in the great outdoors. The moors and forests of this mountainous area are bisected by cold, rushing streams and make for beautiful hiking and horseback riding. Canoes and mountain bikes can also be rented to float on a nearby lake or zoom around on trails, and it’s an excellent place for cross country skiing during the winter.

The more adventurous visitors who want to challenge themselves or do their very own Norwegian dreamquest can also sign up for a wilderness survival course. Participants learn how to use a map and compass, how to survive in the wilds of Norway, and pass the night in a snow cave! I hope this last part is the graduation from the course because if not, the next step can only involve the building a Viking era boat or hand to hand combat with a bear.

For the less adventurous, (or for those who need to bring their core temperature back up to normal levels after the snow cave ordeal), there is also a heated swimming pool at the hostel. Although the pool is only open during the short summer, they make up for that with an outdoor Jacuzzi open and available to guests at all times of the year.

Green travelers will also be pleased to know that the Mjolfjell Youth Hostel gets all of its energy from its own hydro plant that runs with water from a nearby stream. Food is fresh, delicious, and includes such healthy local staples as trout and salmon.

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