Today's Wonder of the World is...the Tree House!
Flickr photo by yuppienomad
When Judy in Kentucky read my post on Comic Strips and heard that I used to hide in my tree house and read Archie comic books, she suggested I do a Wonder post on tree houses.
Thanks Judy! Why hadn't I thought of that?
A tree house really is quite a wonder, especially if you're a kid who needs a no-mom zone!
But after skipping around the internet, getting an eyeful of the most GORGEOUS tree house get-aways, I'm thinking a tree house hotel might be great for moms too!
Photo by Wild Canopy Reserve Hotel
I bet I'd sleep great up there. Doesn't it look inviting?
I loved tree houses even before I watched The Swiss Family Robinson.
Flickr photo by Jimmy-Lin
Besides, who wants a pump organ in a tree house?
All I needed was a bucket on a rope for hoisting up snacks.
Did you ever have a tree house?
I looked and looked, but I couldn't find any photos of my childhood tree house. My dad built it in the woods behind our house, up fairly high between three trees. It had a ceiling and a cool trap door in the floor, and my brother and I would spend hours up there.
I had such such good tree house memories that I wanted the same for my kids. When Ben and Sarah were old enough, Todd built a free standing tree house in our backyard.
They "helped" him build it.
Obviously I wasn't outside at that moment or this picture wouldn't exist.
(Get off that ladder Ben!)
When we came home from France, Todd built a similar one for Sam. There he is with Flat Stanley.
As you can see, my soft hearted hubby didn't want Tanner to feel left out. The man took the trouble to make a ramp for Tanner, since his doggy paws aren't great for climbing ladders.
A couple of years ago, when Sam was crazy for Magic Tree House Books, he'd read them up there.
Would it sound like sour grapes if I told you that when Ben and Sarah were little, I had this crazy idea about writing a book about a magic tree house that would transport children across space and time?
Good idea, Mary Pope Osborne! Sam loved your books!
This tree house hotel looks awfully good to me.
Flickr photo by nomadkel
If I ever end up in Nanshan, China, I'm definitely checking it out!
Have you ever heard about the Steampunk Tree House?
Flickr photo by Miss Devylish
Sean Orlando and a group of artists from San Francisco built it "to explore the relationship between our rapidly changing natural world and the persistent human drive to connect with it." Find out more about it here.
The Steampunk Tree House sort of reminds me of this restaurant in Okinawa, Japan.
I'd be happy to eat dinner there.
Flickr photo by mw
If they don't serve dessert, I know another tree house to stop at...
Flickr photo by The Dawg!
So tell me all your tree house memories!
But before you do, I have some winners to announce!
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Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all!