It was mentioned recently in this blog that is it always a good idea to do a gear shake-down before a new season, point well taken. I would like to reiterate that this is particularly important when using a new piece of equipment for the first time. It could then be said that it is even more important when this new piece of equipment is a 30’ diameter yurt dome, and doubly important again when you are now expecting to use it for the first time in wind, rain and near-freezing temperatures. Well, due to the generous folks at Winnemucca Grammar School, we were able to try out the new NOS yurt dome in the warm, dry and wind-free environment of their gymnasium. After a bit of head-scratching and elbow grease, we did manage to get the dome up and down in about 3 hours and we certainly confirmed that it would not have been the place to be working out all of the kinks in less than ideal conditions. It will be interesting to see if the practice run pays off at Black Rock Rendezvous this weekend, but I am guessing it will. Whatever you are up to this holiday weekend, be sure to have fun out there.