Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Move over yurts--camp in a container!

Seems like park operators are always trying something new: First there were cabins, then yurts, the occasional tipi, and now--shipping containers? Sure enough, a county park in Washington State now offers campers the opportunity to overnight in a used cargo container.

Tolt-MacDonald Park near Carnation, Washington recently installed a 24-foot shipping container. Of course, being locked into a dark, steel box doesn't have too much appeal, so the new park rental is equipped with windows, a door, a bunk bed, and a kitchen constructed from recycled materials. Much of the interior stuff can be put outside on a deck so that more inside floor space is available--say you want to have a few friends over for a square dance.

It may sound a bit odd, but King County Parks says it's all in the name of sustainability and a "green" future for parks. For $50 you can stay in this rusty--er--rustic sustainable cabin.

photo: valley record

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