with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Tree House

tree house

Traveling around the Oregon countryside during the Lavender Festival, I found this amazing tree house soaring up into the forest ceiling. It was around the McMinnville area and also featured a whole survival boot camp layout with a rope and board tree-to-tree bridge, tires to climb through and over, and other obstacle courses.

I’ve always wanted to build my own tree house like I did as a kid. I was so brave then, hauling up boards and bits of left over lumber from the building of our house in Lake Stevens, Washington, using bent roof nails to pound the boards into the trees without a thought as to the health of the trees.

How I’ve changed, becoming more humane to trees, but I still long for that tree house.

Now that I have my own forest, I need to look into healthy and safe ways of building tree houses that respects the trees. Hmm.


  • Posted July 24, 2011 at 14:06 | Permalink

    First tree house I ever was in was build by 2nd-cousins in oregon. MUCH less elaborate than the one there (that’s like swiss family robinson tree house!) but cool.

    • Posted July 24, 2011 at 17:46 | Permalink

      I grew up with tree houses as we lived in the forests of the Cascade Mountains. Ah, the days when some 2x4s and plywood could turn a tree into a wilderness wonder.

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