Tiny houses are fun for a short stop; but not sure I could live in one.
If you haven't heard about the tiny house movement you must be living under a rock somewhere. It is a trend toward moving into small homes that has actually become a social movement. People are choosing a philosophy to live in them for minimal financial responsibilities, more time and freedom, and even concern for the environment. We were on an adventure cross country last summer and decided to check in to one and see what all the craze was about. Tiny House Movement
It may look tiny but its packed with amenities
This little house at the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas had everything you needed for our group of 4. To our amazement the place looked almost brand new when we arrived and the little touches provided by this host were great. From a thoughtfully stocked kitchenette including refrigerator, sink, microwave, and Keurig coffee maker, to a fold out couch, BBQ Grill, and outdoor seating, nothing was missed. A separate room housed a full size shower, toilet, and sink very well put together with all the necessities. It was amazing that everything you needed fit in such a small place!
The kids loved the Futon which also turned into a bed and enjoyed sitting outside on the deck for dinner. My wife and I sank into the luxurious bed, enjoyed the elaborate coffee selections, and a nice hot shower during our stay. This home was nicely decorated in a Texas theme and super clean. The flat screen TV was a nice touch and our kids enjoyed a little downtime after traveling all day by watching cartoons. The hosts had thoughtfully raised the bed so our luggage nestled nicely underneath out of the way.
While this location was big on amenities and comfort for a one nights stay; it would be hard for me to see a family of 4 or even my wife and I living here long term. We would definitely have needed a desk, larger refrigerator, and room for our pets to name a few things.
This Tiny Home was located at the entrance to an amazing place; Palo Duro Canyon State Park. This little known location is actually the second largest canyon in the United States. Stretching more than 120 miles long, up to 800 feet deep, and 20 miles wide. There is a visitor center and more than 30 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails to explore. While we stayed outside the park camping and other accommodations are available inside.
We were a little limited on time so just took one hike on the Rock Garden Trail. It was a moderate trail rising in spots to see some great views of the canyon. We had to remember it was summer and we were in the southern high planes as it was hot and hydration was important. It was also a good reminder of hiking safety when we crossed paths with a rattlesnake on our trip.
All in all my family loved our stay at the Lone Star Mini Cabin at Palo Duro Canyon Rim. I would highly recommend both it and this location for your next visit in and around the North Texas Panhandle or while traveling thru. Let us know of your experiences in Tiny Homes as we definitely hope to stop in another one on our next Adventure!