goodbye, Circular Lodgic, with great gratitude

It’s been a hard week. With very heavy hearts and a fair amount of tears, we said goodbye to Circular Lodgic on Monday night.

To top it off, doing our last goodbyes also involved pulling our homemade camper apart as well. It was like we were having to let go of two of our biggest adventures at the same time.

We took some time to say our goodbyes to a place that gave us the gift of growth that we’d never take back. When we moved to Circular Lodgic I had worked exactly one place as a professional. Neither one of us knew much in the way of plumbing, electrical, and off-grid living. Bryan could build, but not like he can now. We had been on many adventures together, but not any that would challenge us like living in the yurts for two and half years would. Never had we been that poor together, nor had our lives ever been so uncertain, or so simple and complicated at once. Never had we needed one another more, not to mention good neighbors and friends and generous family.

I gained such confidence in my renovating and building skills that I can claim most of the interior of the a-frame as purely done by my efforts. We battled over 300″ of snow in one winter, frozen pipes, clogged filters, more frozen pipes, mouse visits, and a whole lot more. We’ve never been angrier (at our luck and at each other, if I’m being honest) than we were sometimes at the yurts. We’ve also never been prouder of each other’s efforts nor have we even felt more accomplished and at peace either. And damn if we didn’t live cheaply there. As I said before, we set some habits of conservation that even months into “normal” living (we still live in a garage, people), we keep to. I know I still appreciate every single morning that I wake up and it’s above 40 when I turn down the sheets. I see myself and my husband differently than before, and for that I’m grateful.

When we finally signed a deal to sell the yurts, we both felt really bittersweet. We reassured ourselves, but deep in our guts was the question: This isn’t the last cool thing we’ll ever do, is it?

But we all know the answer to that, so I’m trying to let the

se rich sunsets over the lake, a nice ski along the beach, and the warm house remind me that we’ve done the right thing–that the yurts were never supposed to be forever, and that they definitely have changed us for the better.


a sneak peak… 

So, we’re moving. Very soon. Since the abode will now have hard walls instead of soft, and we’re back to box living, rather than circular, this will require some changes around here. If you read this business, don’t worry: you’ll still get your blog fix. Also, don’t worry: we didn’t buy a straight up house, because obviously we would make life way more complicated than necessary (and exciting).

One of the coolest parts of the new place is, duh, Lake Superior, (and we share lake access via a trail on the edge of our lot) but then there are these amazing interdunal pools that are about 15-20 feet from the big lake. They are huge, like baby inland lakes and some of them are connected! They are really deep, totally natural, and will always be warmer than the lake! My mom and I are ECSTATIC because this means SUP-ing even when the waves are big, AND she can swim laps in them! She and John are going to come for Christmas, and thy are bringing their SUP board, sea kayak, and river kayaks so they don’t have to move as much when the move. Hell yes. No one is more excited than me, except Nitsa. She is a beach pup and cannot contain her joy when we walk out there!

Anyway, here is a sneak peak:


FALL!: Porkies Trips, Jess, Lake Lust, etc. 

Fall has arrived in the Copper Country and last week was peak. It has been absolutely breathtaking this year! 

We got to go see Jess and some friends in the Porkies, which was awesome! It was so good to spend even a few hours by her side! We hiked, took the chairlift up the ski slope, and escaped attacking beetles by hiking back down! We also had  lunch over a fire and checked out Lakeof the Clouds!DSC_00121DSC_0010DSC_00081DSC_00071DSC_00051DSC_0002DSC_00041

We have had a lot of lovely trips and sidetrips, including a drive down Covered Road out by our new place and it just about made me sick it was so lovely! 


Later that week I got to take my Outdoors class to the Porkies for a class trip! Twice in one week = amazing! We had a great time, but watching them come over the ridge above Lake of the Clouds was worth anything that’s happened this quarter! They gasped and oohed and awed over the beauty. Pretty cool! Here are my shots from that day: 


FALL!: Porkies Trips, Jess, Lake Lust, etc. 


Later that week I got to take my Outdoors class to the Porkies for a class trip! Twice in one week = amazing! We had a great time, but watching them come over the ridge above Lake of the Clouds was worth anything that’s happened this quarter! They gasped and oohed and awed over the beauty. Pretty cool! Here are my shots from that day: 


my big brother got married!

Dan is a married man and I have another sister-in-law! Welcome to the family, Jenn!DSC_0141

Last week we hit the air to get to Breckenridge for Dan’s wedding. All our flights went smoothly, and other than a ridiculously long shuttle ride up to Breckenridge, our travel was without hiccups. We DID have twelve hour travel days on Thursday and Sunday, but it was worth it to get to see Dan and Jenn surrounded by people who adore them.

Their ceremony was up above a reservoir with mountains rising up from its surface. The view was breathtaking! Bry and John had to pull Grandma down on her walker which was quite the bumpy ride for a lady turning 90 in a couple months, but she’s a tough one!


It’s hard to see with the blue lake behind it, but if you look closely you’ll see one of many Stellar Jays that blessed their ceremony!

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This fox visited their reception, but sadly, folks have definitely been feeding him. Hopefully he is savvy enough not to get hit by a car!

It was an absolute blessing to hear him give heartfelt and loving vows as well as a toast that had the women in our family in tears (a focus was on my mom and how she taught him to believe in the impossible–and ask for it!). As if that wasn’t enough, Dan has moves! Who knew? Their first dance was lovely and I heard people around the room remarking on their moves! Somehow they made a Justin Beiber song sweet too! DSC_0159 DSC_0160 DSC_0161 DSC_0163 DSC_0167 DSC_0169 DSC_0174 DSC_0178 DSC_0180 DSC_0181 DSC_0183 DSC_0184 DSC_0186 DSC_0194 DSC_0198 DSC_0207 DSC_0208 DSC_0209 DSC_0213 DSC_0219 DSC_0221 DSC_0225 DSC_0226 DSC_0238 DSC_0239 DSC_0261 DSC_0263 DSC_0269 DSC_0271 DSC_0272 DSC_0276 DSC_0281 DSC_0283 DSC_0290 DSC_0291 DSC_0292 DSC_0298 DSC_0299 DSC_0307 DSC_0309 DSC_0310 DSC_0323

Good thing I was in charge of reception photos because I needed that camera in front of me during the mother son dance because I was sobbing. Sheesh.

Since we had Friday and part of Saturday before the shindig began, I got to spend a good chunk of time with my mom, John, and my grandma, PLUS Sam and Paul were there. That makes for a damn fine weekend. We got to get out and hike, right out of the door of the house we rented.Both days we got to sit in the house’s hot tub, and eat yummy food! We checked out town too. Breckenridge is amazing because the ski slope is RIGHT THERE. The gondola literally leaves from town. It is the town. I liked it.DSC_0049 DSC_0050 DSC_0052 DSC_0053 DSC_0054 DSC_0057 DSC_0060 DSC_0061 DSC_0064 DSC_0065 DSC_0066 DSC_0067 DSC_0070 DSC_0073 DSC_0077 DSC_0080 FullSizeRender-3 FullSizeRenderDSC_0070 DSC_0073

We missed the pups a lot, but got some updates from Rachel and Ben who were kind enough to take them on REALLY short notice (since we take them everywhere, it only occurred to me the Saturday before that we had no plans for where they’d stay!).


Since we got that bug about living on the lake, I spent the drive home from Duluth looking for places we could buy on the big lake around Houghton. We found some reasonably priced spots and started planning. I haven’t stopped yet.

Because of this plan and the infectious ways of Gitche Gummi, we have decided to PUT CIRCULAR LODGIC ON THE MARKET! If you’re interested, please contact Karen Lahti of Keweenaw Real Estate ! Here is a link ot the listing!  


I believe in a thing called love: Kelly & Jason tie the knot! 

When we got to Duluth, it was unbearably hot. We’re talking 90s and sunny forecasted the whole time, an outdoor wedding, and indoor reception in a non-airconditioned building. Prepare your deodorant, folks! Since we arrived Thursday, stayed with K&J because they are the most laidback and generous people on the planet, we went into party planning mode. Aside from helping them set up and prepare for their big day, we got to walk the dogs at Park Point, aka the best beach on earth, ate at Uncle Louies, got to spend an afternoon with Jess, and even got to spend an evening at “home” with the bride and groom before their big day! AFter the wedding, we got to take the pergola Bryan had built for them to get married under out to the house they’d just bought and are waiting to move into! It was so exciting to see our new “home!”CSC_0022 DSC_0142 DSC_0140 DSC_0137 DSC_0134 DSC_0133 DSC_0131 DSC_0128 DSC_0125 DSC_0124 DSC_0122 DSC_0113 DSC_0109 DSC_0107 DSC_0103 DSC_0101 DSC_0099 DSC_0098 DSC_0096 DSC_0090 DSC_0088 DSC_0083 DSC_0078 DSC_0077 DSC_0075 DSC_0074 DSC_0069 DSC_0068 DSC_0066 DSC_0057 DSC_0056 DSC_0054 DSC_0047 DSC_0044 DSC_0039 DSC_0030 DSC_0026 DSC_0023 DSC_0020 DSC_0019 DSC_0018 DSC_0016 DSC_0015 DSC_0014 DSC_0009 DSC_0006 DSC_0005

We both looked out at that big, big lake and decided, not for the first time, that we have got to live on the lake someday. More on that later!