Thursday, July 14, 2011
I went for a hike yesterday and did something different in search for new adventure. Instead of sticking to the well-worn beaten path I turned onto an animal trail I saw curving down the steep slope off to my left. The trail led me well into the forest where it certainly looked like no human had been through in a long time. After awhile I stopped for a drink of water and just happened to turn around and saw this tree behind me about 50 feet off the animal path.
Each of these boards were like the first, made from roughly hewn wood. Each had about a dozen very old rusty nails holding them into place on the tree. The boards stopped at a point where one could use the branches from then on. Why? Why would someone long ago want to climb this tree, a tree in the middle of the forest? The climb alone would be frightening to say the least. As far as I could figure there is nothing to be gained but a great view and a broken neck.