My sisters used it as a play house; for me, of course, it was a fort. Whenever a friend was over, we would use it as our base of operations.
Summer 2012, a get-together was planned for my wife's family. There would be a dozen or more grandchildren about and I decided to build a tree house.
A cherry tree near the barn had three branches which showed potential as the main supports and I began with some red cedar posts for joists, trimming them with a chainsaw. A white cedar deck followed, with a railing made from western red cedar recycled from a neighbour's deck. A ridge pole and blue tarp made the roof.
The weekend of the reunion, the structure was a great hit and everyone, even the youngest wanted to come aboard. The older children were very careful to keep the little ones safe and, eventually, mothers and grandmothers relaxed.
I was curious to see if it would be a house or a fort, but it actually became a science lab as the children collected bugs and assorted things and took them up for further study.
A highlight of a wonderful weekend! Hopefully, in the years ahead, it will be the centre of many adventures.