Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Mountain Turtle's Trip To TreeHouse Point



All the pictures in this slideshow can be seen at: https://picasaweb.google.com/kentsbike/TreehousePoint

This past week Christine and I spent our "virtual weekend" (Wednesday and Thursday) on a few acres of land next to the Raging River at a wonderful place called TreeHouse Point. This place is not far from our home in Issaquah, just over 8 miles as the bikes roll, and almost all of those miles traverse paths designated for non-motorized travel.

Our trip was a true Sub-24-Hour-Overnight (S24O) and we didn't need to bring a tent or any camping gear because we had reservations in a small TreeHouse known as the Nest.



We left home after lunch and we were settled into our Nest around 3:00 PM. At $150 for a single summer night, our stay at TreeHouse Point drained much of our entire fun fund for June, but we instantly knew this was money well-spent. The land is beautiful, the staff welcoming and the TreeHouses are cozy and amazing.

Each TreeHouse is unique and they've all been designed by Peter Nelson, the man who literally wrote The Treehouse Book. Each of the overnight TreeHouses have electric light and heat while the main lodge and a central building called the Pond Room house the shared restrooms. The lodge also has rooms where folks can stay and it houses the central dining area. All of this was explained to us by a cheerful young woman named Rheanna, who thought it was really cool that we get around by bicycle. Rheanna told us where we could safely park our bikes, gave us a welcome packet including a small map of the land and informed us that fresh baked cookies would be available in the lodge at 4:00 PM.

The Nest is the smallest of the overnight TreeHouses, and closest to the road, but Christine & I found it clean, cozy & comfortable. The bed takes up much of the space but there is also room for a couple of chairs and a storage chest. A tiny nook houses an electric tea kettle and a wonderful deck overlooks the Upper Pond and one of the other TreeHouses named, appropriately enough, Upper Pond.

We spent much of our time exploring the grounds. Paths wind between the TreeHouses and lead down to the Raging River. There are numerous spots to just sit and think and wonder. There are nets in some trees which form chairs and platforms. While some of the TreeHouses are huge and quite luxurious, our favorite TreeHouse, the one which made Christine squeal with delight and say "Oh, I want one!" is a high perch known as the Hermitage, which is just big enough for a single chair, a small desk and an incredible view of the river. The stairs leading up to the Hermitage are counter-balanced with a rope & river rock mechanism that lets them pivot up for complete privacy. I think the TreeHouse Point people could make a fortune renting the Hermitage out as a writer's retreat.




Since TreeHouse Point is basically a bed and breakfast, we knew we'd be on our own for dinner and we'd brought along a backpacking meal that we cooked up using the tea kettle.


In the morning we got up early and did more exploring of the grounds. Breakfast was wonderful with fruit, home-made granola, yogurt, and fresh scones hot from the oven. We had a nice chat with Dylan, one of the TreeHouse Point builders, a man who clearly enjoys his work. When he's not working at TreeHouse Point, he's building TreeHouses all over the world

Christine and I are already plotting other TreeHouse trips. We know we'll be returning to TreeHouse Point, maybe in the off-season when the rates are lower and we can feel the storms shake the trees.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA



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