There is something so whimsical about waking up amongst the trees. With bird’s chirping as your natural alarm clock, the sun shining as your solar-power source and a roaring fire as your old-fashioned stove, life feels blissfully simple when you’ve got trees for company.
My friend Jessica and I recently embarked on an enchanting fairytale weekend in a Solar-Powered Tree House, nestled in the Durham Forest near Blackstock, Ontario.
I thought our host was playing an April Fool's joke on us when he said “Turn left at the life-sized blue camel and you’ll know you’ve arrived.” Turns out, it was all quite real. We made a Larry at the life-sized blue camel and stumbled upon 100-acres of wooded wonder.
It was pitch black as we trekked by truck along the muddy, winding path into the middle of the forest until we reached our destination. We used a flashlight and a rope strung through the trees to climb up to our humble abode, where the host had a cozy fire waiting for us. After brief instructions on how to keep it stoked throughout the night, we crawled into the comfy bed atop a bear rug that resembled Leo’s opponent in The Revenant.
The next morning we could see our breath as we awoke to frosted windows. We fell asleep so soundly that we’d let the fire fade overnight. We quickly gathered more wood and kindling to fire it up again. As the tree house warmed inside, the sun melted the snow outside.
The next two days we fell into a relaxing routine of cooking, fire tending, wood chopping, reading, writing, card playing, wine drinking, bird watching and hiking. We were warned about hunters in the area so we made sure to wear the orange vests and whistles provided on our hikes. We heard a few gunshots but saw no sign of human life the entire time.
My favourite part was sipping my morning coffee in the hammock on the porch, which was actually larger than the interior of the tree house. I felt like I was swinging from a branch in the Lost Boy’s lair from Peter Pan. Hopefully now I will never grow up.
Pt. 2 coming later this week: more about the fascinating life of our host + tour of his flight hangers and self-designed cave home...
Sounds: Clean White Love x Lisa Mitchell