Eric let us know shortly before our trip that the yurt had been damaged by an avalanche but he could accommodate us in a cabin in the same area. We had been planning the trip for months, and last-minute lodgings in such a popular place are hard to come by, so we agreed to rent the cabin. Communication with him was confusing and frustrating. We got the feeling something was going on that he wasn’t telling us.
First we expected to stay in the cabin, then when we got to Ouray he said the yurt was ready, then suddenly it was the cabin again and he said we must have misunderstood him.
We made transportation arrangements with him before the trip that he either forgot, or wasn’t able to fulfill but didn’t want to tell us. He did eventually meet us to drive us up the 4 X 4 road as we agreed, but we started up a hike we weren't prepared for based on his changing instructions. We not only lost a lot of time, but could have gotten ourselves into a dangerous situation had passing ATV-ers not warned us about the conditions of the shelf road ahead.
Once we got there, we were kind of amazed to learn that the one-room cabin with a sleeping loft was his home, where he lives, that we would be sharing with him, his son and his nephew. (They went outside late at night to sleep in a camper and a tent.) I can’t imagine that was his original plan, because the cabin was not ready for guests (i.e. fresh bedding). It really seems like he was expecting the yurt to be ready, but got some news late in the day that it wasn't, but didn't tell us that.
We stayed one night and left in the morning. They're great kids, friendly and sweet, and our kid had a fun time playing board games with them. Bree the dog is a sweetheart. Eric is an interesting guy and his passion for living in this beautiful place is contagious. He’s a talented cook—the dinner and breakfast he made were excellent.
It was not the private family vacation we planned for or expected, and we were pretty crushed. I understand that the road closure (it opened the day we went up there) and damage to the yurt put him in a tight spot. I just wish he had been up front with us in the first place, so we had all the information we needed to make a decision before we were high up a mountain with no way to get down til morning and the sun going down.
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