Cross-country skiing the Beaver Trail, Boise National Forest, Idaho.

5 Kids, 4 Days, No Wifi, Only Trees, Snow, and a Yurt

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By Michael Lanza

We pause at the top of a steep hill on the Elkhorn Loop Trail in Idaho’s Boise National Forest and contemplate where to go from here. My 17-year-old niece, Anna Garofalo, and I have cross-country skied for two hours to reach this quiet spot in the ponderosa pine forest, miles from the nearest road—and more than 2,000 miles and an experiential chasm from the only place she has ever known as home.

I lay out the choices to Anna: turn around and ski two more hours back to the Skyline yurt, where we’re spending three nights with my wife and kids and another family; or explore a trail I’ve never actually skied in the many trips I’ve made to this system of ski trails and yurts north of Idaho City.

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3 Responses to 5 Kids, 4 Days, No Wifi, Only Trees, Snow, and a Yurt

  1. Danny   |  December 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve enjoyed browsing your site. Just got back from my first trip into Skyline Yurt with six of my kids earlier this week; Fantastic time! http://griffisfamilyoutdoors.blogspot.com/2014/12/december-3-5-2014-skyline-yurt-id.htmlin

    • michaellanza   |  December 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Nice story and photos, Danny. Thanks for sharing that. A trip to the Idaho City yurts is always a wonderful experience. We’re going again this winter–our kids wouldn’t let us skip this annual tradition!

  2. kamrawerk   |  February 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Lovely story!! thanks for sharing all that. Gary

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