|Bob Crowley sits outside of one of the two yurts at Maine Forest Yurts.|
So, before we get too deep into this profile, let us discuss
what a yurt is. Now you may have heard of a yurt in the past but perhaps you’re
still not entirely sure if it is something you eat or if you need to ward it
off with bug repellent? Let us ease your
inquisitive mind. Yurts are Mongolian designed huts used now and during the
reign of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan as mobile living quarters that have met the demanding lifestyle of the Asian nomads. “It’s a cross between a teepee and a child’s
playpen,” Mr. Crowley explained. “It has circular lattice work on the inside
and a teepee stuck on top of it. They are very well suited for winter’s high
winds and low temperatures.”
We unloaded our gear into his 24-foot diameter yurt that sleeps six people comfortably. The structure was larger than we had envisioned and came furnished with two bunk beds in addition to a sofa bed, wood stove, oven, dining room table, and an environment-friendly outhouse. We were drawn to the rustic décor of the yurt’s interior and how Mr. Crowley had creatively made use of the natural resources found on his land. We were particularly fond of the unique rope system in which Mr. Crowley designed to raise and lower the few battery operated lanterns in the circular retreat. His handiwork had been seen by the world before when he gave fellow survivors a taste of his craftsmanship by creating, not one, but two, fake immunity idols which helped secure his spot in the reality show’s finale in 2008.
It is refreshing to meet a person, who has dedicated so much of his time and effort on educating our youth, continuing to give back. Often when people become celebrities they lose their way. But if you ask those who know Mr. Crowley, they will say he is still the same person he has always been. Despite winning more than $1 million dollars he has stayed his course and enjoys living a simple life.
His humbleness, wit and ability to tell an endless amount of entertaining stories, paired with his hard work ethic is only a small handful of reasons why Mr. Crowley won a game that forces people to outwit, outlast and outplay your competitors. We thank “Bowtie Bob” and his family for their unique campground and ongoing humanitarian efforts.