BY: JESSICA BEUKER
“Daddy, build me a treehouse.” A request that has been bellowed excitedly by almost every young child at some point in their life. The idea of having your own escape, a place you can go to think or daydream, and nestle high in the trees away from everything else has always been desired by young children. A treehouse is a symbol of independence and rebelliousness.
Today, treehouses aren’t just for kids anymore. They’re for the nature lovers and adventure seekers, the timid and the wild. Those seeking comfort and nostalgia, and those hoping to connect with the raw, untamed energy of the forest.
Cultural interest for the treehouse lifestyle has grown rapidly in recent years.
Between building your own, renting one on Airbnb, or staying at a “treesort,” the options for life in the sky are endless.
One such option is the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort, created by the treehouse pioneer, Michael Garnier. The treesort is located in Oregon and sits right next to the Siskiyou National Forest. The treehouses themselves are part of 36 acres of pasture and woods. There are ziplines and a giant Tarzan swing, along with an abundance of other outdoor activities to take part in. Whether you’re looking for tranquility or adrenaline—you’ll find it here.
Out ‘n’ About didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took eight years of fighting legal battles before Garnier got the permits needed to build the treesort. Now he caters to treehouse enthusiasts everywhere.
The following mini-documentary put out by The Atlantic gives voice to the people who build, live in, and love treehouses.