Gone for Winter

Gone for Winter | Twisp, WA | 2017

In our neck of the woods, tipis come and tipis go. Back-to-the-land hopefuls see the Native American tent as a simple, low-cost antidote to modern-day ills (rampant materialism, career rat race) and can often thrive in its rough-cut coziness. Until winter, that is. In sub-freezing temps, the handling of food, fire, water, laundry and kids is so much easier in an insulated, climate-controlled box (read: cabin). Even experts agree. “The idea of a simple life in a tipi is a romantic one. The reality is somewhat different,” writes Old West authority Phil Anthony.