Building some sort of treehouse/fort thing in the back yard has been an idea that's been tossed around for the last couple of years. I don't know what triggered the shift from talk to action over the weekend -- perhaps the realization that these kids just keep growing up and they're never going to stop, perhaps the wonderful 60 degree weather that came on Saturday, maybe we just needed a reason to do something big together -- but action was taken.
The first step was clearing the brush that's been in charge of the back 15 feet of our yard ever since we moved in. A mess of vines, weeds, poison ivy, small half-dead trees, twiggy jumbles. Photos don't do justice to the change in the landscape, but here they are anyway...
We initially looked into having someone come bobcat it up, but estimated it would cost us about $500. No thanks, we'll just take advantage of the chance to fine tune our work ethic.
Stay tuned for updates, probably over the course of the rest of the year. This is not something we plan to finish anytime soon. Maybe by the end of the summer. Maybe by Christmas. Of 2012.